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The Assist the Officer Foundation provides financial assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event.  The Foundation also provides immediate assistance to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer. In addition, the Foundation sponsors and funds a number of programs and services for police officers and fire fighters. As funding allows, these programs are enhanced and expanded – and new programs added.


Since its creation in 1999, the Foundation has provided assistance to dozens of officers and their families who were faced with any number of different life-altering situations.


For more information on the Assist the Officer Foundation, including how to make a donation, please visit




In addition to the Freedom Run 5K, there will be a one-mile fun run in honor of Officer William James “Bill” Carollo. Officer Carollo served as Vice President of the Dallas Police Association and was instrumental in establishing the Assist the Officer Foundation. An 18-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, Officer Carollo lost his life in a car accident on April 5, 2003, at the age of 46.

His passing was a tragic loss to his family, his fellow officers and the entire community, and his legacy of heroic dedication to his duty and commitment to others will continue to be a source of inspiration for the countless people whose lives he touched.


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