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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Isn't this SPECIAL?!

The Taser Foundation's 2008 "Drive to Remember for Fallen Officers" will begin in VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) on APRIL 30th! Why am I not surprised at the lengths this company will go to in its quest for public support - and especially, of all places, in the beleaguered province of British Columbia (see, for example, Robert Dziekanski, Sky Train police taser fare evaders, 15 year old tasered while in handcuffs, Thomas Braidwood Inquiry).

I don't mean any disrespect to fallen officers or their families but I don't see how Taser International fits into that scene.

Here's a thought and a better fit: 7 of the 20 people who have died in Canada after they were tasered died in British Columbia. How about a Drive to Remember for Fallen Taser Victims?

This Taser news release serves to remind us that it isn't ONLY coroner(s?), individual police officers and police associations in Canada who have benefited financially from this company - they have also "awarded" over $1,900,000 to the families of fallen law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada.

See below for the nitty gritty.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Apr 16, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX) -- The TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers again is partnering with 24/7 Cop2Cop News to support the second annual Drive to Remember for Fallen Officers, a two-week rolling memorial to remember the 190 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2007. This year's Drive to Remember will begin April 30 in Vancouver, British Columbia, head south to Los Angeles, then east across the United States culminating on May 13 at the beginning of the Police Week celebrations in Washington D.C.

The Drive to Remember will feature the Guardian One, a dedicated Hummer H3 completely wrapped in law enforcement graphics to honor those officers who were killed in 2007. Over the fourteen days, the Guardian One will travel more than 5000 miles, receiving law enforcement escorts across two countries, one province, 19 states, and in 25 major cities. The Guardian One will also make appearances at numerous special events scheduled along the route to remember the heroic lives of fallen officers.

More information on the 2008 Drive to Remember for Fallen Officers can be found at www.drive2remember.org.

"The Drive to Remember seeks to honor and preserve the memories of so many fallen heroes by building awareness across the United States and Canada of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to help keep our communities safe," said Kathleen Hanrahan, president of TASER International (Nasdaq:TASR) which endowed and supports the TASER Foundation.

In a related matter, Kathleen Hanrahan has been named the new president of the TASER Foundation effective October 1, 2008, when she will retire from her current position at TASER International to dedicate her energies full-time to help grow the TASER Foundation into a world-class charitable foundation.

"This is a very exciting time, both for the TASER Foundation and for me personally," stated Hanrahan. "After nearly 13 years helping to build TASER International, I am ready to dedicate my energies to building a world-class foundation that gives back to the community of law enforcement who have sacrificed most."

About the TASER Foundation

The TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with tax exempt status from the IRS. It was established in November 2004 with the mission to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada lost in the line of duty by providing financial support to their families. It is the only organization that provides direct financial benefits to families of fallen officers from federal, state/province, county, and local law enforcement organizations in the United States and Canada.

In 2007, 190 officers in the United States and Canada were tragically killed in the line of duty. The average age of an officer lost in the line of duty is only 38 years old.

To date the TASER Foundation has awarded over $1,900,000 to the families of fallen law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada.

For further information contact Gerry Hills, Executive Director of the TASER Foundation at Gerry@TASER.com or call 602-326-6176.

This news release was distributed by PrimeNewswire, www.primenewswire.com

SOURCE: TASER International, Inc.

TASER International, Inc.
Steve Tuttle, Vice President of Communications
Media ONLY Hotline: (480) 444-4000
TASER Foundation
Gerry Hills, Executive Director

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