The Knoxville Public Safety Foundation strives to provide assistance and support to safety professionals and their immediate family in the event of catastrophic injury, illness, death or other significant life-altering events..
The vision of the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation (KPSF) began in 2010 at the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) by then Chief Sterling Owen. The purpose was to provide financial assistance to deserving public safety professionals and their immediate family members in a time of distress. KPD Deputy Chief Gus Paidousis researched Foundations around the country, assembled various options for the KPSF and contributed significantly to the final product. A proposed set of By-Laws was created and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSD), Knoxville Fire Department (KFD) and University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) were invited to join the KPD as the Foundation “core agencies.” Executive Assistant Sherry Smith of the Knoxville Family Justice Center contributed tirelessly to the successful application for a 501 (c) (3) IRS tax status and all of the necessary permits and certifications. KPD Sergeant Brad Cox assisted with proposed graphic designs. A distinguished volunteer Board of Directors was identified and agreed to serve. The initial Board members included UTPD Chief Gloria Graham, KCSD Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, KPD Chief David Rausch, KFD Chief Stan Sharp, Dale Allen, Lysette Aviles, Jim Bush, Charlie Daniel, Sam Furrow, J.E. Henry, Hallerin Hill, Raja Jubran, Norman Majors, Alvin Nance, Sterling Owen, Gloria Ray, Mintha Roach, Steve South and Bob Talbott.
J.E. Henry and Mike Hill of IT 4 the Planet began the process of establishing the Foundation website. Mary Gallant of Gallant Designworks designed and produced the website.