"On Tour for the Four" Benefit Concert w/ 12/OC & Toby McAllister Nov 19
York, Maine native and career Firefighter and EMT Dave McElroy. ￼ Dave is the embodiment of why the Trooper Black Foundation was founded; he joined the York Volunteer Ambulance Association at the age of 15 as an apprentice, and has been a dedicated public servant at numerous fire departments and ambulance services throughout Maine and New Hampshire ever since.
Unfortunately, Dave is currently battling a fourth Diagnosis of cancer, causing him renewed physical, emotional and financial stress. He was first diagnosed in 2017 with Stage I Colon Cancer, and most recently in March of 2023 he received his fourth diagnosis when he was found to have Metastic Lung Cancer. Throughout these multiple diagnoses, Dave has continued to give back as he serves as the New Hampshire State Director of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, an organization which provides one on one peer support and other non-financial resources to fellow Fire/EMS professionals and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer.￼￼
Dave is the ultimate fighter, who, in spite of his own personal battle, continues to give back. In his own words: “Receiving assistance from the Trooper Black Foundation was an absolute Godsend. What a lot of people don’t understand about being diagnosed with cancer is the financial burden put on the person diagnosed.”
Recently, the Trooper Black Foundation extended its support to two individuals in need. First, Waterville, ME firefighter Captain Michael Folsom encountered a medical emergency on May 10, 2023. While driving his personal vehicle after cutting short his vacation to address an issue with the municipal fire alarm system, Captain Folsom suffered cardiac arrest. He was swiftly transported to Thayer Hospital via ambulance and later airlifted to Maine Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition. Captain Folsom has been a dedicated public servant since 1985, serving with the Waterville Fire Department. This unfortunate incident has placed immense physical, emotional, and financial strain on him and his family. In recognition of their plight, the Trooper Black Foundation gladly provided Captain Folsom and his family with a generous donation of $1,000, offering much-needed assistance during this challenging time.
The second recipient of the Trooper Black Foundation's support is California Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Darnell Calhoun, aged 30. Tragically, Deputy Sheriff Calhoun lost his life while responding to a domestic dispute on January 13, 2023. This incident struck a deep chord with the surviving members of the Trooper Black Foundation, as it mirrored the circumstances faced by Trooper Black's widow, who found herself raising two young sons while expecting a child after her husband's passing in 1964. With Deputy Sheriff Calhoun leaving behind two young sons and a pregnant wife, the Trooper Black Foundation felt compelled to assist them in their time of need. In line with this commitment, the foundation contributed $1,000 towards a successful campaign aimed at providing Deputy Sheriff Calhoun's family with a mortgage-free home, offering them some measure of stability and support.