The primary mission of the team is to plan and carry out a LODD funeral. Also to provide assistance and comfort to the family and department and help with filing PSOB and other benefits.
AJ has been a member of the Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team since 2016. He joined the team to put his logistical planning and peer support skills to use. AJ had the opportunity to see firsthand the effects this team had on his family and the agency of his daughter’s biological father when he died in 2015. AJ has been a peace officer since 2009 and is currently the Chief Deputy at The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office located in Plattsburg, Missouri. AJ was designated as the Assistant Team Leader in late 2017. Even through the unfortunate circumstance, AJ loves being able to help his brothers and sisters through the grief process as well as meet and work with the families to ensure every part of this tragic experience is exactly how they envision it. AJ runs the team’s largest fundraiser and plays a large role in keeping our team financially sound. AJ says the hardest part of being on the team is seeing the spouse or children of a fallen hero struggle. Even though he has seen it many times, he struggles every time he hears taps and the last call for a fallen hero.