CONSTABLE PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC

aka CONSTABLE PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION   |   Bend, OR   |  http://www.constablefoundation.org

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The Constable Public Safety Memorial Foundation Inc. is an I.R.S. approved 501 (c3) non-profit founded by Robert Dent in 1995 after the execution murder of fellow Oregon State Police Trooper Bret Clodfelter and subsequent suicide of his grieving wife of 33 days. (There were two young children left behind from a previous marriage). The foundation raises funds to help pay travel expenses of families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, attend the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police. It is one in a series of events that includes the Candlelight Vigil Remembrance (reading of names of the fallen for the year) that is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and grieving seminar sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors, The National Police Survivor’s Conference is held in Washington D.C. in May of each year. It is also our mission, through education to help prevent suicide of surviving family members. In addition, the foundation donates funds to help pay travel costs for needy military families to visit their critically injured loved one. This is facilitated through the Wounded Warriors Project. The foundation receives no government funding and relies solely upon private tax deductible donations. The Board Members and volunteers do not receive any type of compensation as they want donations to go where it is intended…to help the families. We are a small organization and can’t help everyone…but we can help and remember one family at a time. Thank you for your help.

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We started this small foundation after the tragic murder of an Oregon State Trooper and the subsequent suicide of his grieving wife a year later. We have been providing emotional support to the spouses and children of fallen law enforcement officers since 1995 in an effort to prevent suicide by immediate family members left behind. Of the many grieving families we have given a helping hand, not one member has committed suicide. In fact, we have received letters of support from them. One letter in point, was from the wife of a murdered Deputy Sheriff as follows:

Dear Mr. Dent:

When my husband was murdered, my son was 7 and my daughter was 9. I yearned to take the children to the National Police Memorial and C.O.P.S. grieving seminars, in the hopes it would help all of us deal with David’s murder. It is because of the generosity of the Constable Foundation, we were all able to go to Washington D.C.

After attending, I realized that the other survivors were grieving much like we were. It was like we were one big family going through this together. It gave us strength and hope.

I will always remember when the names of the fallen were read aloud at the Memorial Wall. When David's name was called, we felt proud he had not been forgotten. For a moment it seemed like he came alive one last time. Seeing his name etched on the "Memorial Wall” brought us comfort and we could finally let him go. What we experienced has made us stronger and will forever live in our hearts. God bless the wonderful work of the Constable Memorial Foundation.

Sincerely,

Mary Lou Sanchez

(Widow of Deputy David Sanchez, Lake County, Oregon)

Ruling year info

1995

President

Mr. Robert Dent

Director

Mr. Robert Maxwell

Main address

20615 Woodside Court

Bend, OR 97702 USA

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93-1164193

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Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Law Enforcement Agencies (Police Departments) (I60)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Grief Support for Families of Slain Police Officers and Critically Injured Military Personnel

Provide travel expenses to families of slain public safety officers so they may attend greiving seminars in Washington D.C. In addition, help pay travel expenses for needy military families visit their wounded loved ones at the hospital.

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To provide emotional support and prevent a depressed or despondent surviving spouse or child from committing suicide regarding the death of their loved one.

To survive an unexpected and violent death of a loved one under any circumstances is a heart-wrenching experience, but for families of law enforcement officers the trauma is, at times...unbearable. The public has little understanding what surviving family members of a murdered police officer must endure. First there is the immediate shock of learning their loved one died a violent death, followed by the stress of an ensuring investigation with the onslaught of almost endless media coverage. Then there is the sudden burden and realization of immediate living expenses and financial instability for an extended period of time.

To compound the added stress is the years and years of courtroom, parole, and probation hearings which forces the innocent spouse and children to relive the death of the loved one repeatedly. Sometimes the stress and trauma becomes too much and another tragedy takes place in the form of suicide. Our goal is a multi-faceted approach in getting the family to appropriate grieving support professionals and organizations.

To help out, Dent established the Bend, Oregon based Constable Public Safety Memorial Foundation, Inc. Since 1995, the small foundation has been raising funds to assist families with the grieving and healing process. Contributions help supplement costs for survivors’ air travel expenses to attend the: National Police Week; Candlelight Vigil Services; Conference; Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) programs for survivors (and children). and the memorial service held at National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial,. These events are held during National Police Week in Washington D.C. in May of each year.

Since the creation of the foundation in 1995, it has provided assistance to several surviving families in Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, California, Texas, Nebraska, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, and North Carolina. We help as many families per year that our budget allows. We can't help every family but we can help one family at a time.

All Board members want to do their part and since 1995 none of them have received any type of compensation which has saved the foundation much money that is now going to help these families who have suffered so much.

Dear Mr. Dent and Board Members:

When my husband was murdered, my son was seven and my daughter was nine. I yearned to take the children to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial and Concerns of Police Survivors grieving conference, hoping it would help all of us deal with David’s tragic murder. Thankfully, it was because of the generosity of the Constable Public Safety Memorial Foundation, that we were all able to go.

On our way to Washington D.C., I didn’t know what to expect. What would we feel when we got there? Would this trip really help? Would we connect with the other surviving families? After arriving and meeting them, I realized they were grieving much like we were. It was like we were one big family going through this lonely journey together. It gave us strength and hope. The classes I attended helped me make and accept the decisions that needed to be made for the children and myself. We would have challenges and failures, but knew we would survive.

Attending the Candle Light Vigil at the “National Police Memorial Wall” was beautiful. We could hear bagpipers playing ‘Danny Boy’ after which readings of the deceased police officers’ names began. I will always remember when David’s name was called we felt proud; he had not been forgotten. There for a moment, it seemed like he came alive …one last time.

Seeing his name etched on the ‘Wall’ brought us comfort; we could finally let him go. What we experienced has made us stronger and will forever live in our hearts. God Bless the wonderful work of the Constable Public Safety Memorial Foundation.”

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Sanchez
(Widow of murdered Deputy David Sanchez, Lake County, Oregon)

Note: Deputy Sanchez died after being shot 17 times, 10 in the back as he lay dying, by a man he arrested during a disturbance at a high school dance in Paisley, Oregon. After a plea-bargain deal, the suspect was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled after serving less than 5 years.

We have testimonials from many spouses who have told us how much our assistance has helped them deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one and given them the strength to help themselves.

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CONSTABLE PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Dent

Constable Group, Inc.


Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Maxwell

Medal of Honor Recipient (Army)

Marvin Sparks

United Airlines

G. Alan Fergerson

U.S. Border Patrol (Ret.)

Dave Smith

Dave Smith and Associates (Former Director of Training for the Law Enforcement Television Network)

Kathy Dent

Constable Group

Gary Dent

Terra Investments