Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro Passes Away After Valiant Battle with Cancer
On June 14, 2015, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. His illness was a direct result of his rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following September 11, 2001. Deputy U.S. Marshal Toro was a responder to the attacks on the World Trade Center, courageously providing security for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and assisting with the search and rescue efforts to ensure the safety of victims of the attacks. On June 6, 2015, Deputy U.S. Marshal Toro was presented with the United States Marshals Service Purple Heart Award for the injuries he sustained during the performance of his duties that ultimately led to his death.
On June 15, 2015, The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund presented Deputy U.S. Marshal Toro’s family with an immediate death benefit. Deputy U.S. Marshal Toro is survived by his beloved wife Lorraine; his sons Zachary, Jeremy, and Nicholas; his daughter Emily; and his mother Bonita. Please keep the Toro family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Deputy US Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty
The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund is saddened to announce the line of duty death of Deputy U.S. Marshal (DUSM) Josie Wells of the Southern District of Mississippi.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot and killed as he and other members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a double-murder suspect at the Elm Grove Motel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Shots were exchanged as the team attempted to take the man into custody and Deputy Wells was struck. He was transported to a local hospital by another deputy marshal but succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The subject was shot multiple times and died the following day.
Deputy Marshal Wells had served with the United States Marshals Service for four years and was assigned to the Southern District Office in Mississippi. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, three brothers, and four sisters. His father and three brothers are all law enforcement officers.
We ask that you keep DUSM Wells’ family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
W/NY Deputy Runs 48.6 Miles and Raises over $1700 for the Fund!
Our first member of the SBF FIT Team, W/NY Deputy Wilson, participated in the Run Disney Dopey Challenge in honor of Deputy US Marshals that were killed in the line of duty. He ran four back-to-back races on consecutive days: a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon for a total of 48.6 miles!!! This is clearly no easy task and required a lot of training and dedication on his part. All money he raised went directly to the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund. He is signed up to run in additional races this year and continues to raise money for the Fund. Please support his efforts in honoring the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen Deputy US Marshals.
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E/NY Fundraiser A Huge Success!
On October 16th, 2014, the Eastern District of New York organized a great evening of events to support the US Marshals Survivors Benefit fund and commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the United State Marshals Service. What a fun night!!! There was a great turnout for dinner, open bar, live bands, stand-up comedy, raffles and silent auction. The night of music and fun raised $8,600 for the Fund. Special thanks to SDUSM Bobby Ledogar who worked tirelessly to coordinate the event and to all of the volunteers, sponsors and attendees whose support made the evening a success!
2014 Marshals Golf Classic Raises $44k for the Survivors Benefit Fund!
On a cool October morning, golfers gathered at Andrews Air Force Base Golf Course for a hot breakfast at the kickoff of the 2nd Marshals Golf Classic. Due to the incredible turnout, a second course was added and the tournament was played on the East and South courses. After a beautiful day on the golf course, the golfers returned for a big lunch, awards ceremony, raffle prizes and an awesome impromptu auction by the tournament’s chairman, Mike Prout. These efforts, combined with invaluable sponsor support, raffle sales, registration and donations raised over $44,000 for the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund.
Congrats to the 2014 Marshals Golf Classic winners!!! Donald, Michelle, Howard and Jackie on Team Donovan won 1st Place on the East Course. Zachary, Patrick and Bryan from Team Boyd won 1st Place on the South Course.
Special thanks to the organizers and volunteers for their hard work and the months of preparation that made the 2014 Marshals Golf Classic such a huge success. Many thanks to all of the sponsors whose generous contributions made the event possible. Finally, our heartfelt gratitude to all of the players and participants, especially those who flew in from across the country to support such a great cause. To all of you, THANK YOU.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Save the Date: October 5, 2015.