Assisting police, firefighters, and the families of those
seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

Serving those committed
to serve others.

On October 12, 1997, Atlanta police officer John R. Sowa was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call. At that time a small number of service-minded individuals pulled together to aid the Sowa family, and from that act, the inspiration for creating the Gold Shield Foundation of Metro Atlanta was formed.

Today, our mission is to provide care and assistance to police, firefighters, and the families of those seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The Foundation is a Non-Profit / 501(c)(3) organization.

Executive Board

Board Chairman: Monsignor Edward J. Dillon
Holy Spirit Catholic Church

President: Kurt Oppermann
The Debt Exchange, Inc.

Treasurer: Kyle Bettis
Chick-fil-A Inc.

Secretary: Chris Oppermann
Aegis Health Services

Advisory Board

Deputy Chief Lane Hagin
Atlanta Police Department

Board Members

Lt. Jeffery Baxter
Atlanta Police Department

Chief Antonio Webb
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (ret.)

Chief James Conroy
Roswell Police Department

Patrick Egan
Founder, EFS Incorporated (ret.)

Rand Fisher
Coldwell Banker

Ms. Claudie Nash
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department

Jack Scalley
Genuine Parts (ret.)

William Oppermann
Chick-fil-A Inc.

Chief Nishiyama Willis
Henry County, Riverdale Fire Departments (ret.)

Chief William Rhodes
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (ret.)

Kevin Skedsvold
Skedsvold & White LLC


Sgt. Mike Flisser
Atlanta Police Department

Det. Kelleita Thurman
Atlanta Police Department

Help Metro Atlanta's local heroes

Your donation will help families re-build long-term financial security. To regain self-sustainability, families need temporary assistance to pay for food, housing, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. Donations are used solely to support police and firefighters, and no member of the Foundation is compensated for their efforts.

The Gold Shield Foundation of Metro Atlanta is pleased to announce that we have received a grant award of $5,000 from The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia. These funds will be used to provide financial assistance to first responders and their families.

Corporate partners work hand-in-hand with us to provide for families who need it. Our Atlanta-based sponsors include:
6-4-3 Foundation , Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, Atlanticus, Charles Schwab, Coweta County Fire Department, FirstPro, Inc., Genuine Parts, Gwinnett Friendship Club, Henry County Fire Department, City of Morrow Fire Department, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Oldcastle, Primus Builders, Riverdale Fire Department, and United Way of Atlanta.

Contact Us

Gold Shield Foundation of Metro Atlanta, Inc.
4465 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327
(404) 913-5588