The link below is to a touching article about Beacon, one of the best four legged law enforcement officers the U.S. Marshals Service and this country has ever known.  Beacon dedicated his life in service to our great nation.  Please take a few minutes to read his story.  There is a poem at the end of the article which really helps you understand the special bond between Beacon and his handler Mike.



The Board of Directors of the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund (USMSBF) is pleased to announce the selection of John O. Bolen as the new Chairman of the USMSBF effective June 1, 2016.  Mr. Bolen has served as Treasurer of the Fund for the past three years.  John Patrignani has been selected as the new Treasurer of the Survivors Benefit Fund.   

Additionally, the Board of Directors has established the permanent staff position of Executive Director to oversee the business operations and fundraising functions of the organization.  We are also pleased to announce that retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan O’Donnell, immediate past Chairman of the USMSBF Board of Directors, has accepted an offer to become the first USMSBF Executive Director effective June 1, 2016.  The Executive Director will be an ex-officio member of the Board.  The establishment of this new permanent position becomes necessary as the USMSBF continues to grow and volunteers are spending more time coordinating additional programs and events that benefit the USMSBF and the families we serve.

The Marshals 225th Anniversary Golf Classic Raises Over $80,000 for the Fund!


The Marshals 225th Anniversary Golf Classic, held on October 5, 2015, raised over $80,000 for the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund (SBF), due in part to a moving testimonial video from Dr. Channing Wells, surviving spouse of DUSM Josie Wells. 

As part of the Marshals 225th Anniversary Golf Classic, a Commemorative Rifle Raffle was held. Thanks to the high participation in the raffle, all 1000 tickets were sold, and over $15,000 was raised for the SBF!

Congratulations to the winners of the Commemorative Rifle Raffle:

1st Place – Amy Fields (daughter of a USMS employee), won and selected the Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Commemorative Rifle

2nd Place – Bob Tompkins (friend of a USMS employee), won the 225th Anniversary Commemorative Rifle

Additionally, Rocky Delmonaco, a retired USSS Special Agent and three-time attendee of the outing, outbid the crowd at the Marshals 225th Anniversary Golf Classic to take home a Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Commemorative Rifle.

The SBF is grateful for the support that it has received from USMS employees at the 225thAnniversary events. The SBF is now a CFC charity, #15158.

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.