David Bradley
Secretary &
Co-Founder
Dennis J. Thayer
Chairman &
Co-Founder
Dennis has over 30 years in the fire service and is currently a Paramedic Lieutenant with Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services in Marietta, Georgia. Dennis first got involved in the non-profit arena in 1993 when he volunteered for the very first Camp Oo-U-La, a camp for burn injured children. Dennis spent the next 14 years working with this program and had served as its Director before leaving in 2005.
Dennis began working with LODD funerals in 2006 while working part-time for the Georgia Mutual Aid Group. He was one of founding members of the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.), a cooperative effort sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, when it was brought to Georgia in 2009.
Dennis currently serves as the L.A.S.T. State Coordinator and has helped coordinate benefit packages for Georgia families that exceeds nearly three million dollars. He was the founder of the Joey Turner Memorial Fund and the driving force behind positive legislative changes affecting the families of Georgia public safety professionals killed in the Line-of-Duty.
Dennis  was elected Mayor of the City of Euharlee and took office in January of 2014, has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, The International Federation of Burn Camps, as well as two local homeowners associations. He has served as District Representative for the Georgia State Firefighters Association as well as serving on committees for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council and the Georgia Public Safety Officers Memorial. He is also serving on the Incident Management Team for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, as well as a Type III Logistics Section Chief for GEMA's All Hazard Incident Management Team - Blue.
Dennis’ accolades include Cobb County Public Safety Officer of the Year, special recognition from the United States Army, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Presidents Award, and the 2010 Governors Public Safety Award for his contribution to the public safety profession.

Our Mission

To champion firefighter line-of-duty death prevention and assist the families and public safety agencies who have experience a line-of-duty death.
"Lighting the Way"

GEORGIA FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

FOUNDATION

Ronnie Payne
Vice-Chairman &
Co-Founder
David is retired from DeKalb County Fire Rescue; he retired as a Paramedic Lieutenant after serving for 28 years. In addition to being a full time career firefighter, David has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Forsyth County Fire Department for nearly 30 years.
David was instrumental in both departments honor guards. In addition to serving as an honor guard member, David has served as the lead Honor Guard Commander for one of the busiest honor guards in the state, as well as handling most of the statewide honor guard functions. David was also instrumental in the creation and continues to coordinate the multi-discipline statewide honor guard course offered through the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. David also serves on the Incident Management Team for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which is held each year at the National Fire Academy and National Fallen Firefighters Memorial site in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
He was one of founding members of the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.), a cooperative effort sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, when it was brought to Georgia in 2009.
David’s accolades include special recognition from the United States Army, the Georgia State Firefighters Association, and the 2010 Governors Public Safety Award for his contribution to the public safety profession.
Ronnie retired form DeKalb County Fire Rescue in 1997 after 30 years of service. During this time he rose through the ranks to Battalion Chief and was in the position of Acting Deputy Chief at the time of his retirement. During this time Ronnie also served his country as a reservist in the U.S. Navy for over 10 years.
Since retiring in 1997 he has served his community as the Fire Chief for the City of Monticello, as well as the Director of Operations and as Jasper County District #3 Commissioner. He was the founding State Coordinator of the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.), a cooperative effort sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, when it was brought to Georgia in 2009.
Ronnie has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Georgia Mutual Aid Group. 

Board of Directors 

The Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) dedicated to the families and departments of Fire Service LODD in Georgia.  The Foundation was born out of the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.). While many states have traditional L.A.S.T. teams, Georgia's team had expanded beyond the traditional teams service capabilities in the provision of services to departments and families who have suffered a LODD. Officially beginning business December 1, 2011 the foundation was formed by three of the Georgia L.A.S.T. original founding members; Dennis Thayer, Ronnie Payne and David Bradley.

History