Code One: two of the words officers dread hearing the most.
Signifying that an officer needs assistance, police officers rush to the scene and do whatever is necessary to help their injured brother or sister in blue. The Indianapolis Police Foundation (IPF) established the CODE ONE FUND in order to help provide resources and support to officers injured in the line of duty and their families. Our goal is to demonstrate to officers, especially those who suffer traumatic injuries serving our community, that there is indeed a community standing behind them in support. The brave men and women in blue put on their uniforms each day and set out to risk their lives for the protection and safety of perfect strangers. Thousands of officers are injured in the line of duty annually–nearly one officer is injured every 35 minutes. Fortunately, many of those officers are able to return to duty after recovery, but this is not always the case.
In June 2012, Officer Santos Cortez was conducting an investigation when his police cruiser was hit by a drunk driver. The force propelled his car into an intersection where it was struck by an oncoming truck. The incident left Officer Cortez paralyzed, and forever changed the lives of his family of six. Officer Cortez went through multiple surgeries and countless hours of painful rehabilitation. He received great support from the community and due to his accident is pursuing retirement . He remains close to his IMPD brothers and sisters. Recently, he had the opportunity to pay it forward when he gave a woman in need a wheelchair because he had an extra one.
Injured officers and their families not only need our community’s continued support, they deserve it. Tax-deductible donations to IPF’s CODE ONE FUND will allow IPF to provide continued ongoing support for officers who make life-altering sacrifices on our behalf. To learn more about how you can show your support of those who walk the thin blue line, make a tax-deductible contribution using the form below or contact Kathy O’Brian, Executive Director, at (317)536-1402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indianapolis Police Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization (EIN 46-2417255). Generally, gifts to IPF are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Gifts restricted to a specific fund will be assessed a 10% administrative fee.