In 2015, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
- Gifted $2,722.50 to the children of Trooper Kyle Young who passed away during a training exercise.
- Gifted $2,900 to the Vermont Police Academy for a rifle simulator program to train all VT LEOs.
- Gifted $1,250 to the immediate family of the Barre City Police Officer who lost his battle with cancer.
Total gift distributions for 2015 was $6,872.50.
In 2014, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foudation, Inc:
- Gifted $1,000 to a Barre City Police Officer who was valiantly fighting cancer.
- Gifted $1,000 to a Vermont State Trooper who is valiantly fighting cancer.
- Gifted $1,000 to two half-orphaned children of a Rutland County Sheriff's Department Sergeant who passed away in 2014.
Total gift distributions for 2014 was $3,000.
Total gifts distributed to date: $28,856.90
In 2017, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
- Gifted a police officer $1,135.20 who needed care at Brattleboro Retreat.
- Gifted a police officer $1,986.60 who needed care at Brattleboro Retreat.
- Gifted Trooper Dan Marcellus & Jessica Marcellus $1,143.00.
Total gift distribution for 2017 was $4,264.80
2019 - the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
- Gifted a Barre City Police Officer’s Family with $1,000. A serious medical event has caused financial difficulties.
- Gifted a Montpelier Officer with $1,000. Medically necessary surgery is needed that is not totally covered by medical insurance.
- At the Remembering Our Children Event, we gifted $500 a piece to six children of fallen Vermont Law Enforcement Officers for a total of $3,000.
- Gifted a Vermont State Trooper with $1,500. A serious medical condition has been diagnosed and treatment is underway causing financial difficulties.
Total gift distribution for 2019 to date is $6,500.00
In 2016, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
- Gifted a total of $2,982.60 to the Brattleboro Retreat for lodging to assist a Vermont police officer(s) for care.
- Gifted $1,000 at our Remembering Our Children Event to the children of our fallen Vermont Police Officers at our 5K and Family Fun Run.
- Gifted $1,000 to Vermont State Trooper Dan Marcellus and collected an additional $440 in donations.
Total gift distributions for 2016 was $5,422.60.
The Michael Zemanek
Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Deputy Sergeant Jason Allen
"Strength of body & mind"
In 2018, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc.:
- Gifted $1,000 to the Barre City Police Department (BCPD) toward the purchase of a Police K9. The German Shepard pup was named after Mike. The monies were awarded to BCPD through the "MZMF Vermont Law Enforcement Officer Annual Grant Program."
- Gifted $500 to a member of the Northfield Police Department who had taken a leave of absence to care for a family member.
- Gifted $1,297 to the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Academy for the purchase of a HEAT-EXHAUSTION TRACKING System in Memory of Trooper Kyle Young.
Total gift distribution for 2018 was $2,797.00
"After a serious cancer diagnosis, the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc. stepped in and helped me out when I needed it most. BOOM!"
Officer William Brislin, Barre City Police Department 08/08/15
"In September of 2014 I was diagnosed with ... cancer. In the fall of 2014 I received a financial contribution from the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $1,000.00. Shortly before my diagnosis I was working as a Vermont State Trooper, stationed out of the Middlesex barracks, located in Washington County; the same county that Officer Michael Zemanek kept safe. I was out of work for approximately five months and received a level of support I didn't know existed...my family and I knew we were not in the fight alone and that my brothers and sisters in blue were there for me. We went through tough days but knowing that there were people there for my family and me, gave us a level of comfort that helped win the fight. I was declared cancer free in January of 2015. Thank you on behalf of my family and me."
Excerpts from a letter written by Trooper Ben Barton, Vermont State Police.