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Lives Lost

Giving Back Since 2011

Today’s Hotsinpiller Foundation began as a scholarship fund to memorialize Jim and Derek Hotsinpiller. The scholarship was established by Jim and Derek’s family to honor Jim, who passed suddenly while serving at the Bridgeport Police Department, and to pay tribute to Derek, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Multiple funding sources have been utilized through the years, but the primary source of revenue has been the annual Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K. In 2022 the foundation started moving toward the idea of expanding its mission beyond just scholarships and in 2023 The James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Foundation was officially launched. The Hotsinpiller Foundation’s new mission (in addition to scholarships) is to provide assistance, support, and even equipment to law enforcement agencies and officers, their families, including K9 officers.

Providing Scholarships and Support to Law Enforcement Agencies, Officers and Their Families

The Hotsinpiller Foundation’s mission is to support and assist law enforcement agencies, officers, and their families. We provide equipment and training for these agencies and their officers, both human and K-9. We hope to create a safer environment for the officers performing their duties. We assist the families of fallen officers and injured officers as well as assisting the injured officers themselves by providing what we can to help them in their time of need. We also offer scholarships to WV high school seniors in the designated counties who have been accepted into a state college or university and intend to major in criminal justice or related fields and pursue a career in law enforcement, to students upon completion of their sophomore year in criminal justice as recommended by their advisor or instructor, and to Law Enforcement Officers pursuing a Criminal Justice degree.

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