The Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in December 2000 and was formed to provide at-need and long-term support services to the families and departments of fallen first responders. Since its inception, the Task Force has assisted with more than 100 line of duty deaths, more than 62 non-lodd’s, more than 40 injuries in the State of Texas, and consulted on 22 fatalities nationally. The Task Force is comprised of an all volunteer staff and provides all of it services at no cost to the departments or to the families.
The Texas LODD Task Force is hosting its 8th Annual Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride & First Responder Festival on June 10 in Bryan. This event raises awareness of the sacrifices that first responders make for their communities. This event also raises funds for the Texas LODD Task Force so that they can continue to provide excellent services and programs to the agencies and families of first responders that die in the line of duty. Some of the services that they provide are funeral planning, crisis management, social services, benefits assistance, resource management, long-term care, and networking opportunities for the families.
This year the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride & First Responder Festival will be honoring the PHI AirMed 12 crew that died in the line of duty on June 8, 2008. The crew members were: pilot, Wayne Kirby; flight paramedic, Stephanie Waters; and flight nurse, Jana Bishop.
The event consists of a memorial motorcycle ride which will kick off at CHI St. Joseph, where there will be a short memorial service and helipad dedication at 10am, and a first responder festival which will be held at the Sue Haswell Park. The festival will have a kickball tournament, first responder demonstrations, games, bounce houses, and other entertainment.
The festival is located at 1142 E. William Joel Bryan Parkway in Bryan from noon to 5pm.
Show your support and bring your family and friends for a day of fun as we celebrate the lives of our emergency workers who protect our communities and pay tribute to those that have fallen in the line of duty. For more information and to register for the ride, visit www.texasfallenheroesride.com.
The Texas LODD Task Force is a 501 c 3 Organization that relies on private and corporate donations, as well as public events to raise money to fund its programs. The Texas LODD Task Force does not solicit donations through telemarketing or mass mailing efforts. The Texas LODD Task Force does not rely on government, nor United Way grants.