Colorado Springs Community Leaders Launch The Protect Effect To Ensure The Safety Of First Responders
Campaign will raise funds for personal protective equipment.
It’s time we do something to protect the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. This is the collective sentiment behind the creation of The Protect Effect, an effort to keep police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters safe in the line of duty.
“We feel safe knowing that, if something goes wrong, first responders will be there to help. They provide our safety net. But, we rarely stop to consider the dangers they face in doing their jobs,” said Meredith Vaughan, wife of a Colorado Springs Fire Department Captain and the CEO of advertising agency Vladimir Jones (VJ). “It’s time to step up and support the foundations that support our first responders.”
Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, in collaboration with Shield616, has raised more than $400,000 in just under one year to help ensure the safety of Colorado Springs police officers.
PFCS announced in March 2017 that it was embarking on a two-year fundraising effort to help purchase tactical vest packages for all 685 Colorado Springs police officers. The Foundation, working with Shield616, met its fundraising goal in less than 12 months thanks to incredible community and local business support.
By Lisa Walton
Many police officers go their whole careers without facing gunfire or firing a weapon at someone while on duty. Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler experienced both situations in her 22nd year as a police officer. On Monday, during the Colorado Springs Police Department's 29th annual Medal of Valor Luncheon at The Broadmoor hotel, Detwiler became the first woman - and only the ninth person - to be presented the Medal of Honor award, established in 1975.
It's the highest award to be bestowed upon a Colorado Springs police officer.
76 officers will have kits available for life-threatening incidents
Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 7, 2016) –Fountain police and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officers will receive potentially life-saving medical trauma kits from Police Foundation of Colorado Springs with support from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is delighted to provide these vital tools to officers in Fountain and at the UCCS,” said Kyle Hybl, PFCS chairman. “These kits, which have been used by Colorado Springs police officers for several years, have helped save lives.” Each kit includes a tourniquet, hemostatic gauze, emergency trauma dressings, a chest seal and a blood-clotting agent.