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Press release: Donation to Fallen Deputy James Driver

March 30, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A memorial for Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy James A. Driver sits outside the MCSO on the evening of Monday, March 30, 2021. Driver died Monday after a collision while responding to another collision west of Bloomington. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

The following press release was sent to The Bloomingtonian by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office with information for donations to the family of fallen deputy James Driver:

“PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2011

Donation to Fallen Deputy James Driver

The following is an informational release on behalf of fallen Monroe County Deputy James Driver.  Funds will provide direct support to the survivors of Deputy Driver. 

At the request of the family of Deputy Driver, Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation will be the official donation receiver for support of Deputy Driver.   Any other funding collection sources are not authorized by the James Driver family, or the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Brad Swain

An account has been established at two banks to be used if the public would like to donate to the family of fallen Monroe County Deputy James Driver.  Deputy Driver was killed Monday March 29 while responding to a personal injury accident.  Regardless of how a Trooper, Deputy or Officer dies in the line of duty, the need for the family is the same.

By mail:  Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation, Inc., 1710 South 10th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060

In person at any branch of:

Old National Bank

Account ending: #2183

First Financial Bank

Account ending: #9231

The Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation, Inc. was established in 2018 to be the single source of fundraising efforts for an Indiana officer, deputy or trooper outside of Marion County that dies in the line of duty.  Indiana experiences 2-3 line of duty deaths per year.  Our two areas of focus are:

-If necessary, paying for the funeral and final expenses, including legal issues of the estate.

-If requested, being the single, tax deductible, 501-c-3 resource for the community to donate with every penny going to the surviving family of the fallen hero.

When a line of duty death occurs, the Chief or Sheriff is occupied with the tasks the situation requires and has no means by which to receive and collect, then distribute donations meant for the surviving family.  Efforts such as Go Fund Me have fees and can have taxable consequences.  There is also fraud with individuals looking to scam the community in times of grief.  Additionally, the foundation also assists the family with the legal issues of the estate.  The board is all volunteer and made of up law enforcement that have experienced these incidents, and legal, funeral, and response professionals.

There are no overhead expenses for our foundation so all money donated is used for the intended purposes.

If you or your company or organization are interested in helping, the two avenues would be:

-A donation made directly at the bank to the account set up for the deputy, or mailed to the Foundation.  This will be transferred to the family at the appropriate time.

-A donation made at KeyBank or mailed to the Foundation for the intention of paying for the funeral and final expenses.

-Darren Peck, VP

Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation, Inc.

a 501 (c) (3) organization

1710 S. 10th Street,

Noblesville, IN 46060

(317) 431-0755″

March 30, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A memorial for Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy James A. Driver sits outside the MCSO on the evening of Monday, March 30, 2021. Driver died Monday after a collision while responding to another collision west of Bloomington. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
March 30, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana: A memorial for Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy James A. Driver sits outside the MCSO on the evening of Monday, March 30, 2021. Driver died Monday after a collision while responding to another collision west of Bloomington. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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