Hero of the Month – January 2018

Hamilton K. – 3/75th Army Rangers

To all the CSC Family: As many of you know, the 3/75th Army Rangers come every year and compete in the CSC. Well they need our help. Their team leader, Hamilton K. was serving valiantly in Afghanistan on his 15th combat deployment with his fellow Rangers, representing all that is great about the American Warrior, when he was shot in the arm with a 7.62 rifle round. His arm shattered, Hamilton still somehow managed to board an evac helicopter and walk off it once it landed at …an Army hospital. He has since been flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to rebuild his arm. One surgery down and more to follow, we want to raise funds to help him and his family as they embark on a grueling recovery. One dollar or one hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter, just please donate.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127 (100% of donation goes to Hamilton’s family. Please write “Hamilton K.” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal. Please write “Hamilton K. Donation” in the comments.)

Hero of the Month – December 2017

Officer Kenneth Copeland – San Marcos Police Department

Officer Kenneth Copeland was shot and killed in the line of duty on the afternoon of December 4, 2017 while serving an arrest warrant in the El Camino Real neighborhood of San Marcos, Texas.  Officer Copeland and his fellow officers were ambushed at the assailant’s home on Cottonwood Parkway. Officer Copeland was struck several times and despite wearing his bulletproof vest and being immediately transported to Central Texas Medical Center, he succumbed to his wounds.

A 58-year-old veteran of the police department, and dedicated father Ken was beloved by his fellow officers and his family alike. Although, not scheduled to work on the day of the shooting Ken often pulled extra hours to both provide for his four boys and assist his shorthanded department. Ken joined the SMPD in March 1998; Previously, he had worked as a corrections officer in Huntsville, Texas, and San Jose, California. Ken had also served as a deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard, which included duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ken’s eldest son, age 14, is wheelchair bound due to spinal bifida. He also has boys age 11 and twins age 10.

Currently Ken’s family is in need of our moral, spiritual and financial support.  Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: San Marcos Police Department, Attention Brenda Pisana, 2300 S. Interstate 35, San Marcos TX, 78666. Make check payable to the San Marcos Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association and write “Ken Copeland” in the memo line
  • Online at: 100 Club of Central Texas
  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127  (100% of donation goes to Ken’s family. Please write “Ken Copeland Donation” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal.  Please write “Ken Copeland Donation” in the comments.)

Hero of the Month – September 2017

Rich “ROCK” Reddick – Southbridge Police Officer

Rich “ROCK” Reddick was diagnosed with stage three cancer in mid August 2017 that travelled to his lung. Despite being told there could be a long road to full recovery Rich has stayed positive. Rich will begin a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the near future in hopes of eradicating the cancer.

Rich has been a member of the Southbridge Police Department for over 15 years and has been a K9 handler for over 10 years. He is a member of the Southern Worcester County Counter Crime and Drug Task Force and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement (C.E.M.L.E.C.) K9 Team.

Rich has been known as one of the hardest workers in the Southbridge Police Department and now his family and friends ask that we work hard for him. This illness caught Rich off guard and as a result is currently unable to work. With a family to support, this is added stress that Rich should not have to endure during his recovery. Anyone who knows Rich would agree that if he is able to help, he will, no questions asked. Now we ask, out of the kindness of your hearts, no questions asked, that Rich gets the help he deserves. We are all well aware of todays heavy burdens incurred with health care costs and would like to assist Rich so he can recover without these burdens.

Currently Rich is in need of our moral, spiritual and financial support.  Our Heroes Fund will be donating $5,000 to Rich.  Please join us in helping Rich in his time of need. Any donation, large or small, would be greatly appreciated.

Donation Options

  • Send check by mail to: Our Heroes Fund PO Box 270477 West Hartford, CT 06127  (100% of donation goes to Rich. Please write “Rich Reddick Donation” on the memo line)
  • Our Heroes Fund PayPal (2.75% of donation retained by PayPal.  Please write “Rich Reddick Donation” in the comments.)

About Our “Hero of the Month” Program

Our Heroes Fund is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, created and run by a board of directors comprised of three service-connected disabled veterans, that aims to promote activities that assist in the health, welfare and operational capabilities of first responders by providing educational and training activities that improve professional proficiencies while advancing and honoring the service and sacrifice of first responders.  We can directly affect these heroes by raising funds through the heartfelt contributions of generous donors like you from across the globe.  The HERO OF THE MONTH is an opportunity for all of you to either nominate a worth recipient, or donate to that hero.  The Hero selected will embody every trait we have come to expect from the men and women who serve and protect this great nation.  Through no fault of their own, they made a sacrifice, often the ultimate sacrifice, or are experiencing a life threatening medical situation, and it is our goal at Our Heroes Fund, to make sure we help as many of them as we can.  We owe that to them.

Our Board will review all the nominees and select a Hero of the Month every month.  The Hero of the Month will then receive 100% of all funds donated and raised for them, directly to them, through Our Heroes Fund.  All a donor has to do is check the box that indicates they want to donate directly to the Hero of the Month. Donations made using a check will be 100% given to the Hero of the Month.  Donations using PayPal will result in a 2.75% charge from them, with the remaining 97.5% going directly to the Hero of the Month. It is our mission to make sure that every dollar donated to a Hero, goes to that Hero.  All donations are tax deductible.  Help us help the heroes that have given this country their all. If we don’t, who will?

To Nominate a Hero of the Month click here.