On January 11, 1794, U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth was shot and killed while attempting to serve civil papers. He was the first federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Since then, over 270 U.S. Marshals, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, and Marshals guards have given their lives in service to our nation.
The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund was founded in 2012 in response to the devastating loss of ten Deputy and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals in line of duty deaths in 2011. It is a private nonprofit corporation formed exclusively for charitable and educational disbursements of its funds to the surviving family members of active United States Marshals, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Marshals Service employees, and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals who are killed in the line of duty. The Fund also provides economic support to programs that preserve the memory of those fallen heroes.
The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund is not a government entity or a component of the United States Marshals Service. The Fund is a private nonprofit charitable corporation, with Internal Revenue Service exemption status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Since 1789, the men and women of the United States Marshals Service have served the citizens of the United States with distinction. Every day, U.S. Marshals apprehend violent fugitives; protect the federal judiciary; carry out orders issued by judges, Congress, the Attorney General, or the President; seize assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities; transport federal prisoners; and operate the Witness Security Program.
Over the past 225 years the U.S. Marshals have been involved in almost every historical event in the United States. From the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, the Civil War, enforcing law and order in the Old West, Civil Rights legislation and desegregation of the 1960s, escape from Alcatraz, the Invasion of Panama, Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Board of Directors
The Fund's Board of Directors and the Executive Advisory Committee are all volunteers. They include active and retired Deputy U.S. Marshals, former members of the Senior Executive Service, and business executives who are honored to give their time and resources to carry out this mission.