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Life and Death Story at Friends of the Badge

Over 500 attendees gathered at our 14th Annual Friends of the Badge Luncheon with Champion Sponsor Qualcomm at the Valley View Casino Center, raising more than $125,000 to propel the Police Foundation’s mission to fund equipment, technology and training for those who protect and serve.

The theme of “Honor Dedication Trust” rang out as Chief Zimmerman shared her commitment to building a culture of excellence at the San the Diego Police Department commending our officers and civilian professionals at SDPD for their dedication every day to being, as it says on our patrol car doors, America’s Finest. She also called upon the audience to listen for something very special in the arena that day:  the sound of the heartbeats of community members who care, a truly powerful force.

Mayor Faulconer spoke of the importance of business, philanthropy and government all working together, which is so evident at Friends of the Badge, and he declared his support for public safety, SDPD’s new Chief of Police, and the first responders who met the challenge of the May wildfires with stellar inter-agency cooperation.

Yet the unforgettable highlight of the event occurred when Officer Tim Bell stood on stage.  He had been shot while on duty and would have died there if the SWAT officers with him had not had one tiny piece of equipment:  a trauma kit supplied by community donations through the Police Foundation. Officer Bell told the audience, ‘Thanks for being our partners. Thanks for having my back.”

It is contributions like yours that save lives and make San Diego safer.  The Police Foundation is concluding a drive to ensure that SDPD’s officers have life-saving trauma kits.  It is not too late if you would like to help by contributing at this link.

Thank you to all of you who attended. Thank you to all of you who contributed whether at the event, before or after.  Thank you for all of you who care about our men and women in blue.  You are Friends of the Badge.

For more information about the Police Foundation, please follow this link to an appearance on the San Diego Union Tribune’s Community Spotlight radio show.