OfficerDown US Is Meeting Needs of LEOs
Jessica Langgin began raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night Walk” as a survivor. She was diagnosed in 2001 while 6 ½ months pregnant with her second daughter. Her husband of nearly 20 years is a retired Las Vegas Metropolitan police sergeant with 24 years of service.
A law enforcement based organization called FUN (Family Unity Network), which was a group with the LVMPD, responded. A large network of friends, and people she had never met before came together and formed meal trains, babysitting schedules, laundry, cleaning, yard work and fundraisers for her family.
Jessica spent two years fighting for her life. She had advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Stage 3B, while pregnant. Over the years she trudges while giving back through OfficerDown.US.
On June 8, 2014, two Las Vegas law enforcement officers were ambushed and brutally murdered while eating lunch at Cici’s Pizza Restaurant. You can imagine the horror from within the department and of every family member as well. The community bonded and did whatever they could. Jessica contributed through fundraising for the financial support to make life easier for the wives of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo as well as the good citizen Joseph Cox who lost his life as well.
While fundraisers were everywhere, so were people who wanted to donate. Some were at work while others were busy watching children at home. There were others on tight schedules, while some were sick in bed. Moreover, some were across the country, yet others were traveling businesspeople. Some didn’t have time, nor were they able to go to make a deposit at a bank.
One of those people, a pioneer in Crowdfunding, recognized that in the day and age of modern technology and the Internet, there really needed to be an easier way. As a result a gap was recognized; a hole needed to be filled. More importantly, one that was dedicated to law enforcement and didn’t require a large overhead.
With the passion Jessica possessed, along with her disposable time she became the executive director of OfficerDown.US. It’s been live online with campaigns since July 2014.
OfficerDown.US is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Therefore, every donation through the website receives a receipt with a tax ID number. All campaigns are related to peace officers; LEOs, LEOWs, family, children, parents, K9s, departments, and efforts on behalf of LEOs for the community, etc.
Many of the campaigns have been for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Yet they also reach out to those experiencing off duty deaths, injury or illness, officers or law enforcement employees, and their family members. Sad!
Furthermore, they’ve raised funds for K9 vests and community events. Really, they are limited to charitable fundraising, which extends far and wide. OfficerDown.US exists to help with anything LEO related, whether it’s an officer, a family member, coworker, or their department. “WE’LL ALWAYS HELP AN OFFICER. On duty or off duty. There can’t ever be too much help.” People want to help. OfficerDown.US provides a simple way to do so.
Bringing together all who support our Law Enforcement Community while creating a friendly atmosphere to support each other in times of need using 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraisers created on OfficerDown.US.
OfficerDown.US organization is focused on Community through Unity. We believe that by creating a focus group, which we are familiar with, benefiting law enforcement and the community, we are helping to close a gap. We host fundraisers created by others, at an extremely minimal 5% admin fee, that benefit the law enforcement community therefore maintaining our 501(c)(3) status. By the community and law enforcement having a platform where they can benefit each other through positive reinforcement and our organization sharing the fundraisers publicly on our social media platforms, we are attempting successfully to be the change we would like to see in others.
Eyvaine Walker-Lindsey is founder and president of Moms of LEO. She is a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) auxiliary member DC Lodge #1, a dedicated and proud volunteer for the officers from around the world that converge in Washington, DC to participate in several planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
Her husband, Ronald Lindsey, is a retired federal officer with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, chaplain, and long-time FOP Member DC Lodge #1 as well as a volunteer to drive officers to and from the Memorial event areas. He serves as a Moms of LEO board member and advocate for law enforcement.
Her daughter, a law enforcement detective who is a breast cancer survivor, was the inspiration to start an independent support group to help other law enforcement officers and their families that are experiencing life’s challenges. It’s very tough having family in law enforcement about the fear and danger of the unknown. There are times you hear about a law enforcement officer’s life being cut short due to shooting or car chase accidents involving an officer and you never know if it’s your loved one or not. These are just the many issues of dealing with a family in law enforcement. The support group welcomes federal, state and local agencies and their families.