Patrick Etter is a Master Trooper with the Indiana State Police. He is currently assigned out of the Special Operations Division and State Police SWAT. He has served as President and co-founder of the Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation since its inception in 2013.
Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Criminal Justice. He started his Law Enforcement career with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department as a jail officer and Reserve Deputy Sheriff while attending college. After being hired by the Indiana State Police and graduating the ISP Academy he was assigned Lowell District. Patrick transferred to Putnamville District and was assigned Morgan County as was Trooper Bartram. Patrick then was later assigned to the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force then the Drug Enforcement Section as a road Interdiction Trooper. Shortly after a year on the department, he joined the SWAT team and currently serves in that position full time.
Patrick has been involved with the ISP Honor Guard team his entire career and volunteered with numerous charities and events honoring fallen officers. After the Line of Duty death or Trooper Pat Bartram, he began assisting the Bartram family with fundraisers and the Shop with a Cop program. When approached by Co-Founder Kim (Bartram) VanJelgerhuis about starting our own non-profit he agreed to serve as President and since its start, they’ve helped over 1000 needy kids during Christmas time.
Patrick also owns and operates PE Consulting and Security Services which provides Personal Protection to various Companies and Individuals to include the NBA, NFL, NCAA, Company CEO’s, and various Government Dignitaries.
Chaplain Gerry Griffith serves with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. She has served as an Executive Director for several not for profit organizations in Indiana and Texas. Gerry was a founding Board Members for Brooke’s Place for Grieving Children, Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team and Legacy of Giving in Austin, Texas. She has been a crisis counselor and volunteer for Camp Healing Tree for 18 years and for three years a member of the leadership team for Camp Erin, a grief camp affiliated with Community Health Network.
She is currently a trainer for the National Organization for Victim Assistance and teaches the Basic and Advanced Community Crisis Response classes. Gerry has worked and volunteered in corrections for over 25 years and provided training programs for Riverside Community Corrections, the Indiana Department of Corrections and the Sheriffs Chaplaincy Conference.
Her first disaster response was to Oklahoma City following the bombing of the Murrah Building. She was deployed to NYC following 9/11 on two occasions, the San Diego wild fires, and responded to Gulfport, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina as a member of NOVA Crisis Response Teams. Locally she has been a part of teams responding to organizational and school crisis events and natural disasters that involved tornados and flooding throughout Indiana. She is active with I-CART in responding to traumatic events locally when they occur in the schools or other community places.
She and her husband live in Indianapolis. She has three children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Emily is currently a dispatcher for the Indiana state Police. She also volunteers at theSouthportt Police Department. Emily has enjoyed helping with the Christmas for kids since 2015. Helping others is something she's very passionate about and wants to continue to help make a difference for those in need.
Beth Curtiss, a lifelong resident of Shelby County, graduated from Shelbyville High School and attended Olivet Nazarene University. She is a cousin to Trooper James Patrick Bartram, and, in fact, her only son is Pat’s namesake. Beth has served as Executive Assistant to The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander for the last 29 years. Beth and her husband Jeff have been blessed with 6 children and 9 grandchildren in their blended family. Beth is a longtime volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, and currently serves as lead non-professional in her District. She has a passion for following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ to win souls for His Kingdom, and now fills the role of chief elder/lay leader in her church, The Salvation Army.
Kimberly S. Bartram Van Jelgerhuis retired from Banc One Financial Services but wanted to continue working by volunteering her time to create a charity in the memory of her brother, Indiana State Police Master Trooper James Patrick Bartram, who lost his life in the line of duty on March 31, 1998. Kim began organizing poker runs in the early years and donated the funds raised to the Fraternal Order of Police Post 86. The Indiana State Police Troopers would adopt families with children in need and take them shopping in the memory of State Trooper James Patrick Bartram.
Kim started the “Christmas for Kids” program because she loves Christmas and always spent the day with Pat. After Pat’s death Kim would travel to Florida every Christmas with her husband Mike of 30 years and their 2 children to try heal from the loss of not seeing Pat on Christmas day. After a few years Kim realized she would never get over the loss and needed to do something positive in Pat’s memory. In July 2000, Kim organized the first poker run and continued until 2012 with the Fraternal Order of Police. Kim decided she wanted the charity to continue growing and applied for a 501C and it was approved in 2013. She named the charity the “Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation” in honor of her brother. Kim still believes in Santa and in Christmas miracles and the “Bartram Christmas for Kids” is our foundations form of Santa and those Christmas miracles for these kids.
In 2013 they bought gifts for 100 underprivileged children and it continued to grow. In 2017 the charity raised over $40,000 dollars and bought gifts for over 325 children. Kim is very passionate about helping children in need and keeping the memory of her brother Pat alive.
Kimberly S. Bartram Van Jelgerhuis
Stacy Allan a native Indiana Hoosier, born and raised on the Westside of Indianapolis, graduating from Northwest High School in 1995. Stacy has a long history in the Customer Service Industry, from Transportation, Logistics and Small Business Loans. Stacy now works as an Executive Assistant for Midwest Deferred Compensation Specialist, assisting many of Indiana’s First Responders with their Retirement planning needs and is a proud mother of 2 sons.
In years past, Stacy took part in Christmas for Kids with her husband Lt. Aaron Allan of the Indiana Southport Police Dept. They both enjoyed watching the joy and happiness the event brought to the kids, knowing the kids get a moment to put their worries aside.
And oh boy didn’t Lt. Allan have fun with the kids! He gave them piggy back rides, wore candy canes on his ears and popped lots of wheelies with the shopping cart while filling it with whatever the kiddos wanted along the way. He made certain the kids knew it was their day and they were going to have some fun!
Lt. Allan was killed in the Line of Duty on July 27, 2017. At that time, it became even more evident to Stacy how previous life really is and on our darkest days, when hope feels like just a word, it takes the help of others to lift us up into the light.
So even on her darkest days, Stacy chooses to be a light for those families and kids in need. Teaming up with the Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation is such a blessing for all those involved. It helps to focus on the good in the world, providing a positive impact on our kids just like Lt. Allan intended.
Jane Vaughn, Proudly born Indiana Hoosier, raised on the southside of Indianapolis. 1986 Graduate of Southport Highschool. Married for 31 years to Tom Vaughn, who proudly serves as the Chief of Police for the Southport Police Department. Blessed mother of 3 amazing children; Erich, Emily, and Kyle; and proud grandmother of 2 grandsons Layden and Cooper. Tom and I have been honored to be a part of the Trooper Bartram Foundation Christmas for Kids program since 2012. This program has allowed us to be a part of giving back.
In July of 2017 we experienced a loss of our own. Lt. Aaron “Teddy Bear” Allan who every year talked about the Christmas with Kids event and his personal enjoyment of being able to help a family was tragically killed in the line of duty. Since this happened it gave an even more special meaning to the Christmas with Kids event and The Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation.
The support and fellowship of the Trooper Bartram Foundation to my family during this tragic time was and is amazing. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity be a part of this phenomenal group of people that every day continue the legacy and efforts of Trooper James “Pat” Bartram and now are allowing us to help not only continue his legacy but also the legacy, efforts, and enjoyment of Lt. Aaron “Teddy Bear” Allan.
Heather Kirk is the niece of a fallen officer which got her involved in fundraising. She's been a Hairdresser for over 27 years and enjoys helping and making others feel great. Heather has also served as the secretary of a nonprofit organization for the last 5 years.