The KCFOP affiliated charitable foundation, the Kansas City Police Officer's Memorial Foundation, has been added to AmazonSmile!
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FOP Lodge 99 is selling breast cancer awareness shirts for $20.00, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you would like a shirt, please contact Sgt. Brad Dumit 816-835-7492 or any member of your E-Board. Sizes range from adult small to adult XL.
Download: KCFOP Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts.pdf
Today’s events which lead to three of our officers shot is another reminder how dangerous the job we do can be. We are extremely grateful all three officers are expected to recover but we need to be mindful of the mental toll incidents like this can have, not just on the officers injured but those who witnessed and responded to the various scenes.
If you or a fellow officer needs someone to talk to about what’s happened, we are here. The policy for our peer counseling bill, which was signed into law recently, is still being written but the protection for confidentiality is in place.
I am extremely proud to be a part of KCPD and the response today from our department and friends in neighboring jurisdictions once again shows us the strength of our Blue Family.
Please keep the officers who were injured and everyone involved in today’s events in your thoughts and prayers.
President, KCFOP Lodge #99
Download: July 15 Shooting release.pdf
Your KCFOP Lodge #99 Executive Board and numerous lodge members delegates are currently in Nashville, Tennessee attending the FOP National Conference. We have been meeting with delegates from across Missouri, hearing about important legal issues, and listening to speeches from candidates who are running for positions on the National Executive Board.
We want to share some important information with you that has been mentioned several times here, in Nashville.
There is a new program the National FOP is offering called the Fraternal Order of Police Free College Benefit. This program allows you (as an FOP Member) or your family (Family is defined as spouses, children, stepchildren, dependents and grandchildren) to get an associates degree in one of several programs through online courses offered by Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) for FREE.
EGCC is an accredited college in the University System of Ohio. This means that any credits earned will transfer to other institutes of higher education with relative ease.
Students who have completed a state approved Peace Officer Training program may be eligible for up to 33 credits from EGCC—that’s almost a year of work already finished!
All of this is offered to Members, and their families, for FREE.
Please visit http://fopfreecollege.org for additional information. There are videos and a comprehensive FAQ there that will address any lingering doubts you may have.
Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity and benefit, before it's too late!
Download: final jennifer.pdf
Please see the below letter from Lodge #99 President Brad Lemon regarding the selection of Major Rick Smith as KCPD's next Chief of Police.
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KC Cops in the Community
By: Jeanene Kiesling
Four months ago, a close friend of Kurt Gowdy went into sudden cardiac arrest while their families were vacationing at a lake in a remote area.
Gowdy immediately started CPR but by the time emergency crews arrived it was too late. Gowdy’s friend passed away.
A couple months later, while shopping with his wife at Nebraska Furniture Mart, Gowdy collapsed. He was in full cardiac arrest, and his heart stopped.
Just a few feet away, off-duty Kansas City, MO police officer Jon Best heard Gowdy fall and jumped into action.
“I moved around to his side and felt for a pulse and he didn’t have one,” Best said. “I just ripped his shirt up…and started doing chest compressions. I honestly didn’t think he was going to make it.”
Within moments, Cpl. Louis Cortez, an off-duty Topeka police officer, and NFM security officer Will Williams stepped into help.
Williams grabbed an automated external defibrillator or AED.
At NFM, employees are trained on defibrillator machines and Gowdy was shocked five times.
“I didn’t see any signs of life,” Best said.
Best and the others didn’t stop working on Gowdy until emergency crews arrived. Gowdy had just a 40-percent chance of survival.
Two days later, Best called Williams to find out if the name whose life he fought so hard to save was alive - a man whose name he still did not know.
That’s when Best learned Gowdy lived.
“It’s hard to describe. Whenever I knew he was going to be okay just happy. Happy all around for everyone that was there,” Best said.
On Monday, Gowdy was reunited with the men who saved his life.
“It goes to show what’s built into people and their willingness to respond, these three gentlemen did it. They
jumped right in,” Gowdy said. “It was that willingness that want to help someone else, a stranger… that saved my
It was an emotional meeting and one Gowdy used to not only thank the men for their quick actions but also to
raise awareness for the importance of AEDs. This was the third life saved at NFM in four years thanks to the
defibrillator and the employees trained to use them.
NFM honored the officers and security guard and presented them a certificate for their heroic actions.
Gowdy said he believes he “was put in that place for a reason.”
Best was certified in CPR during his time in the police academy a decade ago. This was the first time he’d ever had
to use his training and lead to the best possible outcome.
“It was pretty emotional seeing him standing there,” Best said of the reunion. “It was a night and day difference what he looked like back on that day to today.”
It was a good day and another example of a Kansas City police officer doing all they can to help someone in need.
If you or someone you know has a story about a police officer going above and beyond the call of duty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas City FOP Lodge #99 is happy to announce that our onlne store is now available!
You can visit the store by either using the 'Online Store' button on the left side of the main KCFOP.ORG webpage, or clicking the link above.
Shirts, Mugs, Golf Towels and much more are available. Please take a minute to browse what we have to offer and purchase some items.
To avoid shipping costs - make sure you change 'Pickup Your Order' to yes.
KCPD Employees, we will arrange to have your item dropped off or will make it available for pickup at our Lodge.
*All profits from the purchase of items on the KCFOP.ORG Online Store go to benefit the KCFOP Political Action Committee.
KCFOP Lodge #99 is happy to announce the availability of its new mobile app for your phone, available on the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.
This gives you the ability to quickly read any new items posted on the public area of the website.
Also, if you're a registered member you can save your username and password within the app so you don't have to constantly re-enter it in the website. You will also be able to access member-exclusive features from within the app, such as the member directory.
Setup is easy, once you've registered through the website, download the new App, enter your username and password, and most of the features will be available at the touch of your screen!!
Navigate to the Apple App Store or Googe Play Store and search for KCFOP!