Mission to Protect
The Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund, based in Dallas, was founded by Mike Gallagher and inspired by the giving spirit of his late wife, Denise Gallagher, to meet the immediate needs of U.S. police officer families when an officer has been killed in the line of duty. The fund provides financial assistance to officer families when they need it most – as soon as a tragedy happens – without having to wait for weeks or months for other more formal assistance to become available, and without the hassle of bureaucracy and red tape that often exists.
Why We Serve
As a national radio personality with a loyal audience, Gallagher’s Army was initially an outgrowth of Gallagher’s desire to help others, and it was quickly supported by his nearly 4 million weekly listeners. In early 2004, Gallagher received a call on his radio show to help military families. Having long been a supporter of charitable causes, Gallagher was moved by the situation and put out a call for help to his listeners. They came through quickly and in a big way and proceeded to fill tractor-trailer loads of food and gift items through a partnership with Feed the Children of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gallagher knew he had uncovered something special and founded Gallagher’s Army: The Mike Gallagher Show Charitable Foundation shortly after.
In 2008, when his wife, Denise, passed away after a year-long battle with endometrial cancer, another motivational and well-timed call from an Indiana listener, prompted Gallagher to reinvigorate the fund in her memory. When this Indiana caller told Gallagher her story about a fallen police officer and not having access to immediate funds for the funeral and more, Gallagher felt compelled to rally the troops and decided to refocus his charitable organization specifically to help fallen police officer families. The original philanthropic effort has now evolved into Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund, and is targeted at providing immediate financial assistance to family members of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Become a First Responder
Gallagher’s Army: Fallen Officer Fund is committed to helping police officer families in their time of need whether they’re in Indiana or Alabama. Providing contributions to help protect the families of those who protect Americans on a daily basis is a contribution we can all feel proud of. Together we can accomplish so much more and give back to those who have dedicated their lives and ultimately paid the highest price to protect and serve our communities across the nation.
When signing on “to protect and serve,” an officer knows he may one day be putting his life on the line, but too often a tragedy occurs and an officer pays the ultimate price. While statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at all-time lows, thanks to the dedication of men and women in law enforcement, the family that loses a loved one – often times the main income source – benefits greatly from a helping hand. Our mission is to help the families of those killed in the line of duty and offer them the peace of mind that there will be financial assistance at the ready when they need it.
The facts nationwide are sobering, but your donation can go a long way to help these families in need.
On average, a U.S. law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours.1
According to the Nearly 19,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1792.2
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Report:
Police officer deaths:
- 109 in 2008
- 95 in 2009
States with the highest level of fatalities:
- Texas has led the nation in police fatalities for the last four years
- New York, Florida and California are other leading states with police fatalities
Two leading causes of death:
- Automobile accident
Average age at time of death:
- Age 37 in 2008
- Age 39 in 2009
According to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Inc.1
According to The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.2