About the Foundation

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. Immediate assistance is also available to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer.

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

Growing and Changing

In 2004, the ATO Foundation launched a first of its kind, confidential counseling service, exclusively for Dallas police officers. The stress of everyday life can take a toll on almost anyone – add to that, the danger and stress of being a police officer – and sometimes life can be overwhelming. Our counseling program was designed for police officers, by police officers and professionals working together.

As resources allow, the Foundation will continue its growth by adding new programs to meet the needs of police officers in an ever-changing world.

Our Leadership

Frederick FrazierFrederick Frazier, Chairman. Frederick is a 21-year veteran with the Dallas Police Department and is currently Chairman of The Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO). Outside of his full time position with the police department, Frederick dedicates his time in helping ATO with their day to day operations, fundraising, marketing and networking to increase public awareness of the organization. As an experienced officer, he has witnessed first-hand the dangers that surround his co-workers.  His message to the community focuses on how ATO symbolizes the appreciation for every officer’s dedicated service and commitment to the safety of citizens. Frederick is also the 1st Vice President of the Dallas Police Association, providing leadership, and assistance in labor related issues to his members.

Honoring Our Founders

Bill CarolloWilliam James "Bill" Carollo, co-founder. 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 was killed in a head-on car wreck as a result of a drunk driver 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.

David RodriguezDavid Rodriguez, co-founder. In 1994, David Rodriguez’s life changed forever. David was a Dallas Police Detective, who on that fateful January day, was shot and paralyzed from the waist down running a drug warrant. After a lengthy period of rehabilitation, David found himself unable to perform his duties and was forced to retire.

David did retire – but he didn’t stop working. He recognized the need to help his fellow officers who found themselves in similar circumstances and helped create the Assist the Officer Foundation. Through David’s efforts, Dallas police officers can get much needed assistance when faced with catastrophic injury or illness.

Eddie CrawfordEddie Crawford, co-founder. Eddie joined the Dallas Police Department in 1977 and served as a DPA Vice president since 1988 before his retirement from the Department in the summer of 2011. Eddie is an original ATO board member since its 1999 creation. "As with any great tragedy opportunity follows. Through David Rodriguez’s horrible injury we were able to discover an opportunity to provide necessary scaffolding to officers and their families during times of need. The formation of ATO was an opportunity to create a legacy that will outlive us all. Every time ATO has the opportunity to provide the assistance these officers deserve we ensure that David's sacrifice, like so many others, will never be forgotten. I am honored to have been a part of this awesome collaboration with my friends and colleagues."

Thomas PopkenThomas Popken, co-founder. Detective Popken is one of the original and founding board members of the ATO. While serving as the Vice President of the Dallas Police Association, Tom was approached by Bill Carollo and David Rodriguez with the concept for the foundation. Recognizing the needs for officers seeking assistance, Tom immediately joined the efforts of his colleagues to help create the organization. Later, when Officer Carollo was killed, Detective Popken took over as the new Chairman of ATO—serving as the Chairman from 2003 to 2009. "Our goal as founding staff and board members is to ensure the organization survives beyond any of us". Tom Popken retired from the Department in the summer of 2013 and is enjoying his retirement in the Centennial State.

Honorary Members

Christopher Kevin JamesChristopher Kevin James is the only sitting board member of the Dallas Police Association (DPA) to be killed in the line of duty—he was shot outside of a nightclub while working as a uniformed off-duty officer. Kevin was a Board Member of the DPA when Assist the Officer Foundation was developed. Kevin’s tragic death is a constant reminder to us, and to those we seek donations from, of the dangers officers face every day. In November of 2007, the DPA and ATO Board of Directors launched the Kevin James Endowment Fund to honor the memory of their friend and fellow officer. For more information about Officer James and the Endowment Fund, please visit www.kevinjamesendowment.org.

I was shot in September, 2006 while running a search warrant in Narcotics. I knew I was going to be off work for awhile. It worried me quite a bit with the holiday season approaching. Within just a couple of days of returning home from the hospital, I received a check from the Assist the Officer Foundation. The check gave me peace of mind that I would make it through the injury and through the holidays. After all of the “hoopla” dies down when an officer is injured, the Assist the Officer Foundation doesn’t forget you are there. They continue to help until you get back on your feet, both literally and figuratively.
Thanks a lot!

– Detective M. Harris

Dedicated with gratitude to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. With this memorial, we preserve and honor their memory, and the sacrifices of the families who have given our city these heroes. We also honor all other officers of the Department on duty, yesterday, today and tomorrow for their service in protecting the citizens of Dallas. Special thanks to The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. for the links from this page.

C. O. Brewer John W. Dieken Carl J. Cooke Thomas L. Harris David R. Galvan
William H. Riddell John R. Roberts Howard K. Hicks Gary R. Blair Thomas D. Bond
William McDuff Ralph W. Hoyt Reserve Joe C. Jones James A. Joe Henry A. Brown
Leslie N. Patrick Victor L. Morris Levy McQuietor John G. Chase Harold F. Baird
T. A. Tedford Ernest E. Bates Milton E. Whatley Gary D. McCarthy Donald F. Flusche Jr.
Roy Thornton Preston D. Hale Donald P. Tucker Sr. Walter L. Williams Christopher K. James
Leroy Wood William E.Stafford Leslie G. Lane Jr. Lawrence R. Cadena Sr. Patrick Lee Metzler
Johnnie C. Gibson Johnny W. Sides Alvin D. Hallum Lisa Sandel Brian H. Jackson
John Richard Crain Leonard C. Mullenax Alvin E. Moore Mark L. Fleming Mark Timothy Nix
Charles S. Swinney R. A. Underwood Robert W. Wood Thomas G. Burchfield Victor A. Lozada Sr.
Dexter C. Phillips J. D. Tippit John T. McCarthy Michael R. Okelberry Norman S. Smith
Clarence M. Isbell Frank W. Bennett Charles J. Maltese Jr. Sunny Ma Lov Kevin P. Marceau
Alex W. Tedford James D. Stewart John R. Pasco Lawrence D. Bromley Patricio E. Zamarripa
Sam G. Lanford Floyd A. Knight Carl J. Norris Harold Lee Hammons Michael Joseph Smith
Jesse E. Griffin Robert H. Shipp Ronald D. Baker Billy W. Daugherty Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Luke J. Bell Johnnie T. Hartwell Robert L. Cormier John Paul Jones Michael Leslie Krol
Ernest E. Leonard Allen P. Camp James C. Taylor Richard A. Lawrence