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Program/Services Director: Gayle Frink-Schulz

 

Gayle Frink-Schulz became a police widow in 1993 when her husband, Trooper Steven L. Frink was killed in the line of duty. Steve was a motor officer with the Washington State Patrol.  At the time of his death, their daughter Kari was 14 years old and their son, Christian, was 3 years old.

Gayle worked through her grief by supporting families suffering the loss of their officer to a law enforcement line of duty death and supporting the police agencies affected by the loss of one of their own.  She served at the national level as a board member of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), trained nationally for COPS as a lead-presenter on ‘The Traumas of Law Enforcement’ and trained at the CJTC  Basic Academy on ‘Critical Incident Stress and the Family’. 

In 1994 she started the Washington State chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors along with three other police widows – Karen Hawn, Sedonia Cochran and Lois Masengale.  Gayle served as the president of WA State COPS for six years and was a board member of the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial (WSLEM). She then served as the Executive Director for the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial and 10-99 Foundations. She oversaw fundraising and construction of the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial. Gayle is a founding member of Behind the Badge Foundation's line of duty death response team; her role on the team is family support.  She currently serves as the Program/Services Director for Behind the Badge Foundation.

Gayle received numerous awards for her outreach to law enforcement survivors.  She received the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Recognition Award in 2004, the prestigious Jefferson Award in 2003, the Red Cross American Hero award in 2003, the Meritorious Service Award, King County Sheriff in 2003, and the Commendation Award from the Clallam County Sheriff Department in 2000.

Gayle is married to Randy Schulz, a widower since 1994.  Their blended family includes Kari, Christian, and Elizabeth.  Gayle and Randy are proud grandparents of two grandchildren.