Senior Cpl. Ryan Quackenbush, a Delaware State Police K-9 trooper, brought his partner, Tomi, to conduct a presentation to Dover Capital City Rotarians during their luncheon meeting May 23 at the Maple Dale Country Club.

Assaults on police officers and emergency medical service professionals appear to be increasing, according to the FBI. In 2018, Quackenbush founded The Heroes Self-Defense Foundation to enhance law enforcement training and lifesaving equipment.

The foundation sponsors effective nonviolent survival tactics to help first responders control offenders to keep everyone safe.

It provides tourniquets to first responders, ballistic vests to police canines and self-defense training for police, emergency medical technicians and military police.

Quackenbush emphasized that most police agencies rely on donations to provide ballistic protection for them.

He clarified misconceptions of first responder capabilities and actions, including the challenges and benefits with working with dogs and limitations on their use, depending on the situation.

The Heroes Self-Defense is a veteran run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers. For more, visit