Dover Colonial Rotary Club

Heroes Self Defense Foundation President And Founder Addresses Rotary Club

January 24, 2020

Ryan Quackenbush, president and founder of The Heroes Self Defense Foundation, recently addressed the Dover Colonial Rotary Club, explaining the who, what, why, and how of his non-profit group.

The mission of the Foundation is to support military and civilian police, first responders, and police K9s. State Trooper Quackenbush, who is currently assigned to Delaware Troop 2 in New Castle, started his organization after witnessing several unfortunate incidents involving young police officers. As he noted, when a new officer leaves the State Police Academy, he or she does so with a requisite degree of fundamental training. However, there is so much more that needs to be learned in order to save lives by knowing how to de-escalate many all-too-common situations. When inexperienced officers find themselves in a stressful situation with a combative individual, they will all-to-often, unfortunately, have a fear-based response. The Heroes Self Defense Foundation strives to equip officers with the knowledge and training needed to react to such scenarios more prudently and judiciously.

Having learned many of the skills and techniques required in dealing with such situations while serving in the U.S. Army, Officer Quakenbush has become extremely knowledgeable and, in some cases, officially certified in such skills and techniques. His workshops include lessons in Jiu-Jitsu, combat survival tactics, and training in the use of medical emergency equipment such as tourniquets. For our K9 troopers, his Foundation provides K9 ballistic vests to K9 police units throughout the United States, as well as K9 care packages for those four-legged partners wounded in the line of duty. The Heroes Self Defense Foundation also sponsors and organizes fundraising initiatives for these purposes, and relies mainly on volunteers for assistance with its goals and objectives.

For more information about The Heroes Self Defense Foundation, please visit