I am member of and currently the chairman of Supporting Heroes, Inc. and have been on the board for quite a few years. Supporting Heroes provides support for the families of public safety personnel (law enforcement, fire and EMS) who are killed in the line of duty.
Our mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of public safety heroes who give their lives in the line of duty - by caring for the loved ones they leave behind.
Since 9/11/2004, when Supporting Heroes was formed, the organization has responded to 180 LOD deaths in Kentucky and Indiana and 19 in Missouri since we expanded our service area in 2018 and provide support to 712 survivors.
Supporting Heroes provides immediate emergency funds of $5,000 to the family of a Hero killed in the line of duty. We provide support in honoring the Hero with the appropriate traditional honors and recognition for the Hero’s service (police/fire/ems). We support the agency family working with other agencies in the area to provide support an coverage so the home agency has the opportunity to participate and grieve the loss of their comrade.
We then provide continued financial and emotional support for the family including assistance with their obtaining any state or federal LODD benefits that may be available.
We also help connect survivors with each other with events throughout the year where they can help each other.