The following Partners of Brothers Before Others have shown a dedication to our same core mission: the honoring of our fallen heroes. Their selfless donations-in-kind of time, effort, goods and monies in the name of that mission have enabled us to expand far beyond our humble beginnings. If you are interested in partnering with Brothers Before Others or have an opportunity you think we would be interested in, please contact Michael J. Burke by email.
Jonny Castro Art
Philadelphia Police Officer Jonny Castro serves as the department’s forensic composite artist. He is a US Army Combat Veteran who dedicates his time to honoring those killed in the line of duty through his art.
The hand-painted portraits are all done 100% free of charge, and are presented to the family members and the men & women who worked beside these heroes.
Mini Horse Heroes (formerly The Kenneth F. Tietjen Memorial Foundation)
The Kenneth F. Tietjen Memorial Foundation – now Mini Horse Heroes – was started in November 2001 as a non-profit organization to honor the memory of Port Authority Police Officer Kenny Tietjen who, at the age of 31, sacrificed his life on September 11th.
Mini Horse Heroes is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity based in the NY tri-state area. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to their programs and for the care of their two miniature therapy horses. They provide services to New York, New Jersey, and surrounding areas, as well as all along the East Coast.
The mission of Mini Horse Heroes is to support local police and fire departments, as well as veterans, assist children and adults experiencing trauma, provide educational and mentoring programs to high-risk children, and comfort those dealing with life threatening illnesses.
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The Hartnett Hero Fund
Philadelphia Police Department Officer Jesse Hartnett was ambushed in his police cruiser while on duty by an armed assailant, whose intention was to assassinate a police officer. Fortunately, Officer Harnett survived!
Officer Jesse Hartnett has since formed the Hartnett Hero Fund, a federally recognized 501(c)3 charity, whose mission is to help augment the cost of outfitting Police Vehicles with ballistic panels & vehicle armor – the “B” Kit, which provides NIJ Level 3A+ protection.
Find The Hartnett Hero Fund on the Web
NYCPBA (The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association)
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Blue Line Bears
Blue Line Bears is a nonprofit organization with the goal of helping the children of fallen Law Enforcement officers cope with the devastating loss of a parent. So far in 2018 alone, 115 law enforcement officers across the country have been killed in the line of duty, many of them leaving behind children and/or grandchildren. Blue Line Bears is the creation of the 14 year-old daughter of a police officer whose goal it is to help the children of fallen officers through the difficult loss of their parent. Children of law enforcement officers grow up realizing that their parent’s life is at risk every day they go to work. Add to that the fact that there is much public ridicule of law enforcement officers, and deaths in the line of duty are sudden, shocking and violent. With all of this in mind, Blue Line Bears will not only provide a lasting keepsake to help keep the officer’s memory alive, but will also help their child to see that there are caring individuals who respect and appreciate men and women in uniform. Children of officers killed in the line of duty are oftentimes young, perhaps too young to remember the parent who died. For those children, a bear from Blue Line Bears will provide a tangible reminder that their loved one will always be with them. As of 2018, almost 400 bears have been completed and delivered to the families of fallen officers.
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