The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund deeply regrets to inform you that Deputy Commander Pat Carothers of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force died in the line of duty this morning.Deputy Commander Carothers was part of a fugitive task force executing an arrest warrant for a fugitive wanted for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence, and unlawfully discharging a weapon. The fugitive had been located at a trailer near Ludowici, Georgia.  The task force team was making entry when Deputy Commander Carothers sustained two fatal rounds.  The team immediately transported Deputy Commander Carothers to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The fugitive was also shot by return fire and is deceased.  No other law enforcement personnel were injured during this incident.  

Please keep the Carothers family, along with the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service, in your prayers as they grieve the loss of a friend, co-worker, mentor, husband, father and Hero.

The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund hand delivered a benefit check to Deputy Commander Pat Carothers's family the day after he made the ultimate sacrifice.  As always, your support allows us to help the families of our fallen heroes in their greatest hour of need.  We ask that you keep the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Commander Carothers in your thoughts and prayers.

State and local law enforcement agencies wishing to support the funeral services for Deputy Commander Pat Carothers should plan to be at the Greater Atlanta Christian School at 10:00 a.m.on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

  Law enforcement parking can be accessed from Oakbrook Parkway via the second driveway southwest of the intersection at Indian Trail Road.  Staff will be present to direct parking from the driveway entrance. 

At 11:00 a.m., a receiving line will be formed in anticipation of the arrival of Deputy Commander Carothers, his family, and coworkers.  The motorcade will arrive and the family will be escorted into the venue.  There will be a waiting period after their arrival, so attendees will need to standby outside of the auditorium.  Facilities will be provided by the school which can be used as waiting areas.  At approximately 1:00 p.m., attendees will begin to enter the auditorium and will be directed to a law enforcement seating area.  

Once the service ends, law enforcement will be directed outside to assemble a line of honor.


Greater Atlanta Christian School

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Road

Norcross, Georgia  30093

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the

USMS Survivor Benefit Fund

Success! 2016 4th Annual Marshals Golf Classic!


The 4th annual Marshals Golf Classic was an enormous success! We raised over $100,000 due to the generosity of our attendees and sponsors. The U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund would like to give a special thanks to Heritage Health Solutions for doubling their underwriting commitment in 2017. 

Josie Wells, Jr., pictured below, is one of several children of fallen Deputy U.S. Marshals for whom we do what we do.




During the recent floods which ravaged the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area several United States Marshals Service employees (administrative and operational) and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals (Court Security Officers) lost their homes and/or many of their earthly possessions. 

The Board of Directors of the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund has approved an amendment to our by-laws and is asking for your donations to assist these families as they cope with the reality of rebuilding their lives after these devastating floods.  All monies donated through the GoFundMe site will go directly to the M/LA families and not to the Fund’s general account. 

No existing Survivors Benefit Fund monies are being used in this fundraising effort.

If you prefer to make a donation by check please do so through our good friends at the United States Marshals Service Association ( at the following address:


20488 Cedar Bluff Road

Fayetteville, AR  72703

More information can be found on the internal United States Marshals Service intranet site and email announcements, and by visiting the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund FaceBook page.

Thank you for your support!



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.