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The Hotsinpiller Foundation and the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K began as a small group of family and friends seeking to pay tribute to two of our own taken too soon. Very quickly the race and foundation have grown to encompass not just the City of Bridgeport, our police department, and our business community, but the entire state. Today the reach of the foundation is nationwide and is continuing to extend across the world.


  • I would like to thank the Hotsinpiller Family for their sacrifice to service and outreach in our law enforcement community. As I did not get the pleasure of meeting Derek. I have met Dustin. I have worked with him in the field of warrants services and I have had conversations with him about his road to being a Deputy US Marshal. This inspired me to further my education. Whenever I have an assignment that I don’t feel like doing or I have just completed a 60 hour work week, a conversation on the phone with Dustin plays in my head on repeat. He said to me that he remembered working full-time at Bridgeport Police department while going to school full-time, while holding a crying newborn, at 2AM all for the purposes of wanting to obtain his goal to someday be a Deputy US Marshall.

    This scholarship has provided me with a sense of long-term purpose in my law enforcement career and shown me the true meaning of sacrifice and dedication. I will graduate with my Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University on 07/2024. I am also a full-time Detective for the Nutter Fort Police Department. My goal is to one day be a Deputy US Marshall.

    – Justin Hetherington
  • Receiving the James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship has been and continues to be an incredible honor for me. Hearing Mrs. Hotsinpiller speak of her heroic husband and son at my senior awards ceremony was incredibly moving and inspired a profound sense of pride in being able to be a part of her family’s namesake scholarship. That same sense of pride endures today, as I aim to continue the mission of dedicated service embodied so profoundly by James, Derek, and their family. The Scholarship truly allowed me to pursue my dreams.

    – Brayden O.
    US Department of Justice
  • The impact of the scholarship was tremendous. It provided awesome assistance in eliminating additional financial worry, allowing focus to remain on school. Being a recipient means having a standard to uphold and a continuous reminder of why we do what we do, and the impact it can have.

    – J.R.
  • Derek Hotsinpiller and I went through the USMS Academy together and were both assigned to the Northern District of WV. He was a great friend, law-enforcement officer, and human being! The scholarship foundation is a great way to help honor his memory! I was honored to receive the scholarship, especially as a non-traditional student, as I started college at age 38. The scholarship paid for a MacBook computer for me to complete all of my assignments and paid for all of my books while attending Fairmont State University. Receiving the scholarship was a blessing, and helped me greatly in earning a bachelor degree in criminal justice. This foundation is a great resource for helping men and women in WV further their education.

    – W. F. Frederick, USMS
  • The Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship blessed my life in many more ways than I could have imagined. It allowed me to complete an education in criminal justice and gain the right knowledge and tools needed to pursue employment in law enforcement on the Federal level. Receiving this scholarship also gave me a sense of being part of the Hotsinpiller family, by how they care so deeply for the recipients they have helped support. The impact the Hotsinpiller Foundation haa had on the law enforcement community is unmatched. My prayer is those who receive this memorial scholarship in the future will continue to carry this legacy for generations to come.

    – B.H., Department of Justice
  • I was very honored and encouraged to receive the Hotsinpiller scholarship to support my education. Each year I appreciate meeting the new recipients and experiencing the support of the community while participating in the 5k. This community and organization motivates me to continue my career supporting the criminal justice system.

    – Katie S.

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This Year’s Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K to Feature Kids K for First Time; Race Set for June 8

Since its inception 14 years ago, organizers of the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K have thrived to not only make their event a memorable one, but one that is always looking for ways to be even better. This year’s race will be on June 8 and for the first time it will feature a Kids […]

Ashley Hotsinpiller’s Passion for the Fallen Stars 5K

The shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Within minutes, the first of runners cross the finish line and others follow suit for the next hour or so. There is music, activity and celebration; congratulatory hugs and awards. By 10:30 a.m., the hundreds of people gathered for the annual Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K are all […]

The Hotsinpiller Foundation Names Latest Scholarship Recipients

A branch of The Hotsinpiller Foundation, The James and Derek Hotsinpiller Memorial Scholarship announces latest scholarship recipients. Lt. Jim Hotsinpiller was a member of the Bridgeport Police Department at the time of his passing. Derek followed in his father’s footsteps, entering law enforcement, and serving as a Deputy United States Marshal. He was fatally wounded […]

Photo Gallery II: More Images from Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K in Bridgeport with a Record Turnout

Saturday’s 13th edition of the annual Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K race at Bridgeport City Park.saw a record number of particiants take part. More than 1,100 were in the field, including those involved locally as well as virtually. The overall winner was Aiden Kneeland, a student at Beckley’s Woodrow Wilson High School. He finished with […]

Photos: 13th Annual Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K

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Excitement Level High as Record Turnout Expected for 13th Annual Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K

When you put your time and passion and heart into planning an event, there reaches a point where the excitement level bursts and you are just ready for the day to arrive. Such is the case for Dustin and Ashley Hotsinpiller as we are just now two days out from the 13th annual Derek Hotsinpiller […]

Why Bridgeport? A Look at the Hotsinpiller Foundation

How do you respond to tragedy? Faced with the unthinkable, our response reveals much about our faith, strength, and resolve. I have witnessed what I believe to be one of the most inspiring, faith-filled responses to loss imaginable. In the wake of losing her husband Jim, a Bridgeport Police officer, to a heart attack and […]

Honoring Derek Hotsinpiller, K9 Advocates Presents Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Canines with Life-Saving Vests

In late-March, K9 Advocates presented two Harrison County Sheriff’s Department canines with top-of-the-line K9 storm vests and leashes, valued at $6,000 each. Filou and Max each received the custom-fitted life-saving equipment in honor of fallen law enforcement officer, Derek Hotsinpiller. The vests were embroidered to reflect that honor. “Law enforcement in Harrison County like to […]

Bridgeport Physical Therapy Announces Fundraiser for Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K

Bridgeport Physical Therapy will be having a fundraiser at both locations the week of May 1-May 5 for the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K. The Bridgeport PT staff will be collecting bottles of water and small bottles of Gatorade for the runners who will participate in the 5K. All proceeds from the 5K go to […]

Hotsinpiller 5K Revving Up for June; Hoping to Break Record for Registration

Organizers of the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars 5K hope to register 929 more participants by race day, June 10. ‘It has been a dream of mine since the first race that we would have 1000 runners cross our finish line,” said Ashley Hotsinpiller, race coordinator. “Last year, we came super close at just over 900 […]

It’s Happening: ABB Summer Kickoff and Fallen Stars 5K Signify Community

The last two Saturdays in Bridgeport have been among my favorites. June 4 was the ABB Summer Kickoff and Food Truck Festival and this past Saturday, June 11, was the Derek Hotsinpiller Fallen Stars Memorial 5K. What one word comes to mind when I think of either? That would be community – hands down. To […]