On average, more than 200 first responders lose their life in the line of duty every year, which is also more than 200 families who’ve lost their husband, wife, father, mother, daughter, son, etc. These sudden and devastating loses can put a strain on their families both emotionally and financially. Thankfully organizations such as the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), and the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (S.A.F.E.) were created to help these families overcome the financial burden.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is aa national organization whose mission is to honor and remember our country’s fallen fire heroes, to provide assistance to their survivors, and to work to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries, while C.O.P.S. is another national organization that provides resources to assist surviving families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. S.A.F.E. is a local Kansas City-based organization which provides financial support to families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel who have lost their life.
Digital Ally Inc. has shown dedication in contributing to these causes, most notably with their sponsorship of the PGA Web.com Tour event, the Digital Ally Open. In the more than 25 years of the PGA TOUR through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, they have been able to contribute almost $2.5 billion in charitable giving. “It just made sense,” said Stan Ross, CEO of Digital Ally, of the sponsorship. “With this sponsorship, not only were we able to mold our charitable platform to benefit great organizations, we are able to directly impact our local community.” Since taking over the event in 2015, they have been able to donate thousands to the charities benefiting fallen first responders and their families, including two local Kansas City families and countless others around the country just last year.
The tournament, formerly known as the Midwest Classic, is held every summer in Overland Park, KS, with this year’s tournament running from July 24-30, 2017 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate and featuring some of the nation’s top golfers. In addition to the golf tournament itself, many other events are held throughout the week to honor our first responders, including a family night with firefighters, paramedics, and police officers on hand to interact with the children and give sneak peaks of their everyday duties, a Celebrity Pro-Am and Pairings Party with both a silent and live auction where 100% of the proceeds benefit the charities, and ending the week with a Military and First Responder Appreciation Day, which includes free entry and food for all First Responders and dedicating the 18th hold flag to be presented by a first responder. Digital Ally also hosts a continued education course for First Responders completely free of charge to participants. Past speakers include Matt Dolan, Michael Tabman and Gary Klugiewicz, who’ve presented on several topics including the impact and importance of body cameras, legislation surrounding video evidence, tips for deescalating confrontations, and much more.
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