(Tuesday-January 17, 2017) At approximately 3:00pm officers responded to a report of an individual with a long gun in the 1400 block of Turtle Cove in Little Elm, Texas. Shortly after arriving, officers told the suspect to drop the gun, causing the suspect to run inside his home and begin shooting at the officers striking 15-year veteran Detective Jerry Walker. After being transported to Denton Regional Medical Center, Detective Walker succumbed to his gun-wound received in the line of duty.
The missions of Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas is to show our respect and gratitude for first responders lost in the line of duty. We are dedicated to provide monetary support for the families of fallen first responders in the hour of need.
The Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas has officially opened the Benevolence Fund to help assist the family of fallen Detective Jerry Walker. Since July of 2016, Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas has assisted the families of 8 fallen officers including, Fallen Irving Officer Dahl, SMU Officer McCullers, Corrections Officer Johnson, and the slain Dallas Officers lost in the July 7th tragedy. These men and women showed a great deal of strength in their lives and in our communities. The bottom line is, we can’t do it without your help.
2016 called upon the strength of the Foundation more than ever before. These are the families we responded to this year, Dallas Police Sergeant Michael Smith, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, DART Officer Brent Thompson, SMU Officer Mark McCullers, and Corrections Officer Mari Johnson. With the tragedy in Dallas, the Foundation has now responded to 45 families in the 20 counties we serve. Across the country, we have seen large numbers of officers attacked, shot and killed because of the unrest this country is experiencing with law enforcement. The Foundation was not quite sure how the community would respond based on prior incidents. To our surprise, the community responded. We posted the information on our website asking for donations and the money began to come in from all over the country as well as from companies we had never heard of. Then, our radio station partner, 105.3 the Fan called and said they had an idea for a fundraiser. They had less than a week to put it together, but Gavin Spittle, Ben Rodgers and Skin Wade along with several other radio personalities brought together sports stars from all the local sports franchises and with the help of a local restaurant, we raised over $275,000.00 in one day. The agreement was that all monies raised at this event would go to help not only the families of fallen, but also help the wounded. It was an unbelievable and heartfelt night.
What has happened since?
Monies continued to come in, along with new companies asking to become partners. New to the Foundation are Subway and Albertsons. The North Texas Chevy dealers contacted us as well and raised their sponsorship for 2016. Walmart continues to be a large and important part of our organization and our success. I would like to personally thank those stores which assisted in providing food and supplies for the departments that were affected from the events on July 7th.
Lakewood Brewery has been amazing. They have stepped up in so many ways for fallen officers and firefighters. They have allowed us to name a beer (All Call), which has become very successful, to donating beer to many events, and now placing the name of the fallen officer/firefighter on the bottom of the cans as the dates come on or about their anniversary date. Thank you Lakewood Brewery.
Members of Garland and Irving PD came to the rescue. With the passing of Officer Mark Dahl, his wife was left with not only dealing with his death, but also the day of the event, a large gust of wind came thru her neighborhood knocking down her ½ acre fence. Several members of the two departments' friends and families came together and in two days completely rebuilt her a new fence. The true meaning of the brotherhood that day.
Boxing, Largest crowd to date, with almost 5,000 in attendance. Golf tournament was another great success to the point that we are looking to expand to the Tarrant County area for a second tournament in 2017. Cross Fit Competition: New for 2017 hosted by the Grand Prairie Police Department coming in May.
On behalf of all the board members of Guns and Hoses Foundation, we wish you a safe new year.
Lt. Dave Swavey
Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas
Presented by the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas hosted their inaugural stair climb, Climb For Community, in the Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Climb For Community honored First Responders who have sacrificed their lives protecting our communities and offers support for their loved ones left behind.
On Saturday, November 26th, First Responders and members of the community came together for a morning of fitness and reflection. This family friendly event included a climb of over 3,100 steps, fire engine displays, a SWAT Bearcat, some snacks and drinks.
Several Firefighters took on the impressive challenge of completing the over 3,100 step stair climb in full gear, showing their respect and gratitude for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We want to thank all the participants who came out and showed their support. We are truly honored to be able to provide support for the families of fallen First Responders, which would not be possible without you support. Remember to get your tickets for this years Heart of Dallas Bowl RIGHT HERE.
Diego Diaz, 6, stands at attention next to a memorial for fallen Dallas officers on July 10th outside of Dallas Police Headquarters. The image captured by Ashley Landis is currently on display at the Lillian Bradshaw Gallery on the fourth floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Today marks the opening of the Dallas Ambush Photography Exhibit presented by the Dallas Morning News and its photographers. The gallery consists of 20+ images from the hours leading up to the ambush that claimed the lives of 5 police officers and wounding 9 others, to the burial of the last fallen officer.
Also on display is several pieces left at the memorial out front of Dallas Police Headquarters. This is a free exhibit that runs through October 31st, and is open to the public during normal library hours. You can also find other pieces gathered from the memorial on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Every year the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas a 501(c)(3), holds their annual boxing tournament between police officers and firefighters to raise funds for the families of fallen first responders. This year, a special project was debuted paying tribute to those who went before.
This particular year holds unique significance, being the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and the year we witnessed an attack on our law enforcement here in our backyard of Dallas, Texas.
On 9/11 our Nation was under attack, on 7/7 our city was under attach. Everyday brave men and women continue to put their lives on the line to ensure our safety. To us, these people are heroes who deserve to be honored. Where the blue line ends, the red line begins.
For Those Who Went Before.