The Fallen Officers Fund (FOF) was created in May of 1998 to provide financial assistance to any San Diego and Imperial County active duty Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement Officer and or their immediate family members during a traumatic event such as death, injury, sickness or any other serious incident in which financial assistance would not be otherwise readily available. The dispensing of such funds shall reflect the “Spirit of Benevolence and Compassion” by the San Diego District Attorney Investigators Association (SDDAIA), Fallen Officers Fund Board of Directors.
FOF receives a portion of their operating funds from private donors, other law enforcement agency associations and donations from our Community. FOF hosts three annual fundraising events; “FOF Breakfast”, “FOF Poker Night” and the “FOF Golf Tournament”. For the past several years, FOF has been honored to partner up with the annual Southern California Gang Conference/ SCGC (www.scgcsandiego.org). Over 90% of funds are generated by SCGC as well as FOF’s major event, the Annual FOF Golf Tournament. All funds received are exclusively used to provide immediate financial assistance to our law enforcement family in their time of need. Requests for such funding are evaluated on a case by case basis and must adhere to the guidelines set forth in FOF’s Bylaws. Funds donated are generally used, but not limited to; burial costs, medical bills not completely covered by health insurance, daycare, time off work without pay (LE or spouse), travel expenses or any other financial obligations. FOF is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
From 2007 to September 2020, FOF has been fortunate to assist 119 active duty law enforcement officers and or their immediate family members within the San Diego and Imperial Counties totaling $515,654.50. Again, this could not be made possible without the generous donations from all of our FOF supporters as well as, the tireless efforts and dedication of past and current FOF Board Members, Committee Members and Volunteers. The following is an approximate breakdown of the support FOF has provided to our law enforcement families since 2007:
Rod Demetrio - FOF Chairman
SDDAIA Member Rod Demetrio was appointed Chairman of FOF in June of 2019. Rod began his career with the Chula Vista Police Department in 1999. He was then hired by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in June of 2014. As Chairman of the FOF, Rod reports directly to the SDDAIA President and Executive Board. He coordinates all FOF events, oversees monthly FOF meetings and evaluates all requests for assistance from Law Enforcement agencies. Rod works hand in hand with the entire FOF Board of Directors who operate FOF’s annual events and fundraising efforts.
FOF Vice Chairman – Stan Schwarz
SDDAIA Member Stan Schwarz was appointed Vice Chairman of FOF in September of 2019. Stan began his career with the Chula Vista Police Department in 2004. He was then hired by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in October of 2015. The FOF Vice Chairman handles similar responsibilities as the Chairman. If the Chairman is temporarily unavailable, the Vice Chairman will assume the role as Chairman.
FOF Board of Directors:
Treasurer Joshua Pittsley, Jethro “JK” Hudgins, Delsey Belisle, Rene Palermo, Samantha Spears and Emalee Bowles.
FOF was awarded the “Pillars of Freedom” grant from the USS Midway Foundation for two consecutive years. The USS Midway Foundation focuses on supporting military and law enforcement charitable organizations within our Community. FOF is fortunate to receive this grant as it will be used to help continue to assist active-duty state, local and federal law enforcement officers and or their immediate family members in their time of need. Thank you to past FOF Chairman Jeff Miller for developing the relationship we have today with the USS Midway Foundation’s Board of Directors.
FOF Donation from 21st Century - October 9th, 2019
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FOF Donation from Southern California Gang Conference - February 8, 2017
The Southern California Gang Conference made a significant donation to the San Diego District Attorney Investigators Association Fallen Officers Fund on February 8, 2017. The donation of $90,143.17 was the largest single donation in our 20 year history and we are so thankful to the gang conference and all the men and women in law enforcement that attended the conference in which all proceeds go to support the FOF and Fallen Officers. Donations like this keep the FOF going and allow us to help fellow officers in time of need. Thank you to the SCGC board and good luck with the 2017 conference.
FOF Breakfast - March 24, 2016
The San Diego County District Attorney Investigators Association would like to thank the Chefs De Cuisine Association for anohter great breakfast to support our Fallen Officers Fund. The event was fantastic, the crew of volunteers prepared breakfast for the largest crowd on record helping raise funds to support our fallen officers and officers in sever time of need. The photos below are of current FOF Chair Jeff Miller and a past FOF Chair Larry Davis, the Chefs de Cuisine logo, and a photo of the 13th floor conference room that was converted for the morning into the FOF breakfast hall.
FOF POKER NIGHT – MAY 10, 2019
Our newest fundraiser is FOF’s Annual Poker Night Tournament, which started in 2017. Food, beverages, and prizes are donated by local businesses. Our poker players are a mix of law enforcement officers from multiple local agencies as well as members of the community who want to support FOF. We have a perpetual award plaque that has the tournament winner’s names engraved on a plate each year. The poker skill levels vary greatly but everyone always has fun and the money donated to FOF is greatly appreciated.
FOF Annual Golf Tournament
SDDAIA and FOF would like to thank everyone who played, volunteered and donated to FOF’s 2019 Annual Golf Tourney held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort and Spa. FOF would like to commend everyone involved in putting this event together as it takes months of planning and coordination. Without the dedication of the entire FOF Team, this event would not be a success year after year. This is FOF’s largest fundraising event and would also like to thank RBI for their hospitality. Here are some photos from the event:
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FOF has been able to assist our fellow active duty law enforcement officers, local, state and federal and or their immediate family members in the San Diego and Imperial Counties because of the fundraising efforts of the entire FOF Team as well as the much-appreciated generosity of all our supporters just like you. To ensure we can continue to help all officers within our region and well into the future, we ask you to sign up for AmazonSmile. Please click on the link at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/30-0216827. We would also like to invite everyone to read our news blog with more easy ways to support our law enforcement families in their time of need.