Signal 13 Video Interview with 3 Generations of a Baltimore Police Family

Meet Retired Sergeant Jim Brokus, Sr., Detective Sergeant Jim Brokus Jr., and  Officer Jim Brokus III.

Three Generations of Baltimore police officers speak to Signal 13 Foundation CEO Nancy Hinds about their life on the Baltimore streets and why they became police officers. 

 

Proud to Wear the Badge

In this video, hear how three generations of the Brokus Police family have been able to pass their badges from one generation to another with help from the Baltimore Police Department.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children. For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s police families.

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Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Hosts Fundraiser for the Signal 13 Foundation

Special thanks to John Minadakis, President of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, for hosting a successful fundraiser for the Signal 13 Foundation on June 30 at his restaurant in Dundalk, MD.  Several Baltimore City Police officers and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison were in attendance as well as several of the Foundation’s Board members.  All were treated with delicious food from the restaurant and wine pairings from Constellation brands.

Said Nancy Hinds, CEO of the Signal 13 Foundation, “It was an amazing night for Signal 13 and all the people who came out to show their support for Baltimore’s Police families. We are grateful to John Minadakis and his team for their incredible generosity and support.”

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About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children. For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s police families.

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

Alexander Smith Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

Alexander Smith is the founder and president of the Atlas Restaurant Group.  Alex founded the Atlas Restaurant Group in 2012 and quickly grew it into a nationally acclaimed Baltimore-based hospitality group. When Atlas opens two new concepts in Washington, D.C., its total number of restaurants will be 23 with more than 2,000 employees nationally. Smith sits on the board of several local organizations including Visit Baltimore, Cystic Fibrosis, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms, the Greater Baltimore Committee, and the Maryland Science Center.

The Signal 13 Foundation Board has a storied history in Baltimore helping Baltimore city police families and I am honored to become a member of the prominent board and help in any way possible,” said Alex Smith.

 

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

 

Signal 13 Video Interview with the Lovette Family; Grant and Scholarship Recipients

In this video interview, Signal 13 Foundation CEO Nancy Hinds interviews Baltimore Police Information Tech Supervisor Lynda Lovette and her son David, a Signal 13 Scholarship recipient.  Hear how the Lovette family was aided by a Signal 13 grant after a family tragedy and a 4-year scholarship for David who attended the University of Lynchburg where he graduated in May 2021.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and Youtube.

 

Olachi Opara Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

The Signal 13 Foundation is pleased to announce that Olachi Opara, a portfolio manager at Brown Advisory, has joined its Board of Directors. Signal 13 is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore  Police families with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children.

Opara works with the portfolio management team for private clients, endowments and foundations. She joined Brown Advisory in 2007 after serving as a retail specialist at T. Rowe Price. She sits on the boards of Invest in Girls, the Maryland SPCA and the One Love Foundation. Opara received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her MBA from the University of Maryland.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

 

 

Signal 13 Foundation Case for Support

Times have changed for police in Baltimore.

It is tougher now than ever before to be a police officer, but the need for a strong police force has never been greater. The Baltimore Police Department is short hundreds of police officers and those in the ranks are retiring at record levels. Baltimore needs police officers who feel supported and are committed to the safety and quality of life for its citizens.

The Signal 13 Foundation Board made the bold decision to launch a $5 million endowment campaign to secure the legacy of Signal 13 and its impact on police families for years to come. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers who often leave the department after a couple of years to work in nearby jurisdictions with higher pay. With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders. Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

The Signal 13 Foundation was founded in 1983 to support Baltimore Police and their families with financial hardship grants and scholarships. It is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the Fraternal Order of Police. Every dollar of support comes from individual donations, foundations, and corporate grants.

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation make a difference in the lives of Baltimore’s Police families.  

The average salary for Baltimore Police officers today is $60,000 which is below the national average. Today, police work under challenging conditions and their modest salary often does not match the critical responsibilities they take on. A high percentage of work is dangerous, and they often risk their life to protect a stranger with little reward or recognition. 

Signal 13 has come to the aid of hundreds of police families who need support. Most recently, the Foundation helped to buy a mobility van for a police sergeant who lost the use of his legs after being shot outside his home. Signal 13 also provided critical support to a young father severely injured in a training exercise who is struggling to pay his mortgage; and Signal 13 was there for a sergeant who was shot while trying to save the life of others. The department is hailing him as a hero. 

These brave men and women are also parents with children on track to go to college. Tuitions continue to increase at rapid speed, far outpacing wage growth, and families are feeling the pinch. Student loans now make up one of the largest segments of the U.S. non-housing debt with no end in sight. Signal 13 fills an important gap for Baltimore Police families and lessens the financial burden of providing a quality education for their children. 

Since 2010, Signal 13 has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants and college scholarships to the children of Baltimore Police personnel, both sworn officers and civilians. Signal 13 is unique and the only organization in the Baltimore area that does what Signal 13 does for these police families. Signal 13 can do even more with your help. 

We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of the Baltimore Police Department who risk their lives to protect us. Please join Signal 13 in supporting Baltimore’s Police families. Together, we can make a difference.

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations, and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Jonathan Attman Joins Signal 13 Foundation Board

 

The Signal 13 Foundation is pleased to announce that Jonathan Attman, a partner and director of acquisitions & development at ATTMAN HOLDINGS, LLC., has joined the Signal 13 Foundation Board of Directors. Signal 13 is a local nonprofit that supports Baltimore Police families with financial hardship grants and college scholarships for their children.

 

Said Jonathan, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a new member of the Signal 13 board and look forward to working with the other board members to help make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives”.

 

Jonathan is a commercial real estate developer and investor. He sits on several local boards, including as vice president of the Jemicy School Alumni Board; Boys Latin School of Maryland Board of Visitors; The Old Line Society; and Lifebridge Health Leadership Society

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants.  Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. The Baltimore Police Department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention of qualified police officers.  With your support, the Signal 13 Foundation can help reverse that trend by providing more resources for our first responders.  Retaining qualified and experienced police officers should be a priority for everyone who cares about Baltimore.

Formed in 1983 by Police Commissioner Frank J. Battaglia with help from prominent philanthropists and business owners, the Signal 13 Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) committed to supporting the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department. All of its funding comes from private donations, foundations, and corporate grants.  For more information, go to www.signal13foundation.org.

We are confident that by working together with our partners and supporters we can make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Nancy Hinds Interviews Wife of Injured Baltimore Police Trainee Cody Ruhling

In this video, Lauren Ruhling is interviewed by Signal 13’s CEO, Nancy Hinds. Her husband Cody Ruhling, a 29-year-old Baltimore City Police Trainee and U.S. military member (USMC & MD Army Guard) with one post 9-11 OEF to Afghanistan sustained life-threatening brain injuries during a police training accident.  Lauren describes how Cody is recovering from his injuries and how groups like the Signal 13 Foundation and the FOP are doing to help.

 

To donate to Cody and the Ruhling Family to help with living expenses during his recovery and to other police families like them, please click here

About the Signal 13 Foundation

The Signal 13 Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is not affiliated with the Baltimore Police Department or the FOP. Every dollar we raise comes from individual donors, foundations, and corporate grants and sponsorships. Your support is more important than ever to continue our mission. We are confident that by working together with our partners and donors like you to provide grant support and scholarships, our efforts will ultimately help with retention and recruitment within the Baltimore Police Department. Together, we can make a difference.

 

Please click below on the donate button and help the Signal 13 Foundation and make a difference in Baltimore police families’ lives

Please click here to subscribe to the Signal 13 – Call to Action Newsletter

 

Please also follow us on Social media: FacebookLinkedIn Twitter, and Youtube.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Join the Signal 13 Foundation to Honor The Men and Women of Law Enforcement

Join the Signal 13 Foundation as we celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9. Today, police work under challenging conditions, and their modest salary often does not match the critical responsibilities they take on. Police work is dangerous, and officers often risk their lives to protect a stranger. Signal 13 stands with the brave men and women of the Baltimore Police Police Department who dedicate their lives to making Baltimore a better place. If you see a police officer today, please take a moment to thank them for their service.

To donate to the Signal 13 Foundation and help Baltimore police families please click here.

A great example of honoring Baltimore law enforcement on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day from the Signal 13 Foundation, Mile One, Wheels for Change, and The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3.  These organizations teamed up to buy a mobility van for Baltimore Police Sergeant Carrington who is in a wheelchair after being shot during a robbery attempt in August 2019.

To learn more about National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day click here.  

 

About Signal 13 Foundation

Since its establishment in the early 1980s, the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation has endeavored to achieve three main goals:

  • to provide financial assistance to qualified Baltimore City police department personnel, both civilian and sworn, who experience unexpected personal financial hardship
  • to fund college scholarships for the children of active-duty members of the Baltimore police department, both civilian and sworn
  • to organize events that support the foundation’s mission and serve to foster community and goodwill among the members of the police department and the public

Traditionally, when an officer experiences a personal crisis, particularly a financial hardship, fellow officers often pitch in to help by passing a hat from person to person at Roll Call, to collect donations and contributions. The aim of the Signal 13 Foundation is to support and expand on such gallant efforts, but in a more consistent and intentional manner by providing financial assistance in the form of small, no-obligation grants. Our goal is to offer welcome relief and peace of mind to department personnel during times of distress, provide opportunities for active-duty members and their families to grow, and to ensure a healthy and vital relationship with the public.

To follow the Signal 13 Foundation on social media please click on the following links.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Signal 13 Foundation Joins Forces with Baltimore Organizations to Provide Handicap Accessible Van to Baltimore Police Sgt. Isaac Carrington

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 5, 2021

Following a shooting outside his home in August 2019, Sgt. Isaac Carrington, then a 22-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, spent weeks at Shock Trauma recovering. Wheelchair-bound, Sgt. Carrington’s life will never be the same. But today, January 5th, he got a lift when representatives from MileOne Autogroup and its nonprofit arm Wheels for Change, The Signal 13 Foundation and the Baltimore City Lodge #3 Fraternal Order of Police presented him with a handicap accessible van. The organizations joined forces to raise the necessary funds for the vehicle totaling over $70,000, which was upfitted by and purchased from Bedco Mobility.

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“With the donation of this accessible van, I can now look forward to recovery,” said Sgt. Carrington. “This generous gift of mobility makes it possible for me to get my life back together and move forward. I am very thankful for all the support.”

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The FOP, which orchestrated the fundraising effort and pledged the initial funds, worked closely with Signal 13, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to qualified Baltimore City Police department personnel, both civilian and sworn, who experience unexpected financial hardship, to drive awareness to the effort.

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“Signal 13 was founded in 1983 by a former police commissioner and local philanthropists to help injured officers like Sergeant Carrington. Signal 13 is a not-for-profit with a mission to support Baltimore Police families and make their lives better. We are honored to support Sgt. Carrington as he begins this new chapter,” says Nancy Hinds, CEO of the Signal 13 Foundation.

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Signal 13 board member Steve Fader, who is CEO of MileOne Autogroup and president of Wheels for Change, its nonprofit arm providing relief to organizations in the community who struggle with transportation, learned of the fundraising effort during a recent board meeting and pledged on the spot.

“We know from our many years of providing vehicles to those in need that transportation is transformational,” said Fader.  “Being able to do this for Sgt Carrington is a great honor and privilege.”

With the necessary funds raised, Bedco Mobility was approached to upfit the vehicle, a 2019 Toyota Sienna, specifically for Sgt. Carrington’s needs.

Fifteen hours of driving lessons and a special driver’s license from the Motor Vehicle Administration are required in order to operate the accessibility van.

“I’m extremely grateful for the collaborative effort of the FOP, MileOne Autogroup, Wheels for Change, and the Signal 13 Foundation in supporting Sgt. Carrington. Their generosity helps him have some mobility and normalcy, which is greatly appreciated,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison who joined Sgt. Carrington and representatives from each of the organizations at the Baltimore Police FOP Lodge #3 for the presentation.

About Signal 13 Foundation

Since its establishment in the early 1980s, the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation has endeavored to achieve three main goals:

  • to provide financial assistance to qualified Baltimore City police department personnel, both civilian and sworn, who experience unexpected personal financial hardship
  • to fund college scholarships for the children of active-duty members of the Baltimore police department, both civilian and sworn
  • to organize events that support the foundation’s mission and serve to foster community and goodwill among the members of the police department and the public

Traditionally, when an officer experiences a personal crisis, particularly a financial hardship, fellow officers often pitch in to help by passing a hat from person to person at Roll Call, to collect donations and contributions. The aim of the Signal 13 Foundation is to support and expand on such gallant efforts, but in a more consistent and intentional manner by providing financial assistance in the form of small, no-obligation grants. Our goal is to offer welcome relief and peace of mind to department personnel during times of distress, provide opportunities for active-duty members and their families to grow, and to ensure a healthy and vital relationship with the public.

To follow the Signal 13 Foundation on social media please click on the following links.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.