Blue Forever, Inc., has announced a major donation to complete its campaign to equip Shreveport Police Department officers with QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits (*BTK).
Willis-Knighton Health System has provided $27,000 to fully fund the campaign, which began with the sale of a memorial decal honoring Officer Thomas LaValley who was shot and died in the line of duty this summer. The funding from Willis-Knighton assures that each Shreveport Police Department officer will receive a kit that contains products to rapidly and effectively stop bleeding in the event of a traumatic wound, like a gunshot.
“This is one way we can help protect the health and safety of those who are charged with protecting our community, and Willis-Knighton is pleased to support this initiative,” said James K. Elrod, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System.
Blue Forever, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to increase the awareness for police officer safety and to raise funds for donating lifesaving QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits for law enforcement officers throughout the United States.
Blue Forever, Inc. was founded by Kellie Abbott, then a Haughton High school student whose senior project focused on a way to help save local police officers from traumatic injuries after the death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty in 2010 who died in the line of duty from a gunshot wound. Now a junior at Mississippi State University studying Biochemistry, her organization has donated over 1,000 BTKs to 30 different agencies in nine states.
Blue Forever, Inc. partnered with Shreveport Police Capt. L. Cunningham, Cpl. Jessica Walker, Officer Adam Gagneaux, and Shreveport Police Officers Association (SPOA) President Michael Carter.
“The Shreveport Police Officers Association is honored to receive such a compassionate and generous donation for life saving trauma kits. Willis Knighton Hospitals and Dr. Jim Elrod have stepped forward to ensure that Shreveport Police officers have a chance to survive when injured during a critical incident. We have often seen WK as a community leader of medical services. Today, the personal effect is overwhelming, as this donation and WK’s compassion towards the safety of police officers go hand in hand.” said President Michael Carter. “We thank Kellie Abbott of Blue Forever, and we thank Jim Elrod of WK Medical System. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to survive”
In addition, Sgt. Avery Leary, instructor at the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy, along with Reserve Deputy Craig Menefee training of SPD officers is being conducted by the support of Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.
“I can’t thank Willis Knighton and Kellie enough for what they are doing for law enforcement.” said Sheriff Steve Prator. “Over the years, I’ve personally known and worked with 10 officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. As Sheriff, I am pleased to provide training that can keep that from happening again.”
“We all have a responsibility to try and make a difference,” said Abbott. “I want to make sure that every police officer has a chance to go home at the end of their shift to family and friends. Through the efforts of Blue Forever supporters, Mr. Elrod, Capt. Cunningham, SPD Cpl. Walker and Officer Gagneaux, SPOA Carter, Caddo Sheriff Prator, Sgt. Leary and Reserve Deputy Meneffe and the willingness to donate their time, lives can be saved.”
Blue Forever, Inc. is headquartered in Princeton, LA. It is a non-profit organization exempt under the Internal Revenue Service IRC section 501 (c)(3). Donors can deduct contribution they make under IRC Section 170. To date, Blue Forever has raised over $80,000 and donated over 1000 QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits to 30 different police agencies in the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit www..blueforever.org