By ML Ball
Photo: (logo) Courtesy of DC 10-13 foundation
In law enforcement, the code 10-13 means “officer down, needs assistance.” No uniformed official ever wants to hear that code, but the reality is that tragedy and hardship can strike anyone, at any time.
Fortunately, there’s a local Dutchess County organization that can help when bad things do happen: the DC 10-13 Foundation.
This extraordinarily benevolent nonprofit traces its beginnings to the summer of 2014, when a group of local leaders, everyday citizens and current and former members of law enforcement got together to organize a police appreciation day, timed to coincide with National Police Appreciation Week, which takes place every May.
Soon, a committee was formed whose members decided that instead of holding just one police appreciation day, something more permanent needed to be established. This was the beginning of the DC 10-13 Foundation, which provides monetary support for law-enforcement officers experiencing financial hardship due to illness, injury or other unfortunate circumstances.
Many of these individuals suffering hard times are the sole providers for their families. When hardship strikes an officer, it can have a devastating effect on his or her spouse and children. That’s when the DC 10-13 Foundation steps in to help. The Foundation also provides financial support for families whose loved ones have been killed in the line of duty.
Tom Franco, chairman of the DC 10-13 Foundation, says, “It is our privilege—and, we feel, our duty—to help those who put their lives on the line for us every day. One of the great things we’ve been able to achieve is to act as a conduit between those who want to help and those who need that help. We’ve been able to get transportation for sick family members to Sloan Kettering in New York City, discounts on dental work and a whole host of financial donations. To keep expanding our reach, we continue to build relationships with businesses and individuals who want to help those who keep us safe every day.”
For the record, no one on the DC 10-13 Foundation’s board of directors takes a penny for their service.
“We are very pleased to see how receptive the people of Dutchess County have been to DC 10-13,” Franco adds. “This has allowed us to reach out to all members of law enforcement throughout the Dutchess County community, identify ones who are going through a tough time and find out how we can help.”
The DC 10-13 Foundation is an outstanding example of how our community can come together to assist those who keep us safe every day.
As Franco says, “They are always there for us; now someone is there for them.”
For more information on how you can help, visit the DC 10-13 Foundation website at www.follr.com/communities/DutchessCounty1013Foundation. █