On the evening of February 12, 2019, while responding to a robbery at a Queens, New York T-Mobile store, Detective Brian Simonsen, a 19 year veteran with the New York Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty, by friendly fire.
The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation was created to preserve Detective Simonsen’s legacy. Nicknamed “Smiles” for his contagious grin, cheerful disposition and ability to positively influence everyone he met, Detective Simonsen was the epitome of goodness. The primary mission of the foundation is to never forget Detective Simonsen and to “Do Good” while spreading Smiles.
Detective Simonsen was a lifelong resident of Riverhead, New York and spent his entire career with the NYPD in the 102nd Precinct, in Queens, New York. Beloved by both communities as well as the entire NYPD, which were all extremely dear to his heart. The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation will award scholarships as well as seek other avenues to support worthy endeavors, within these communities and beyond.
Brian was also a fierce animal lover. The Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Foundation will support animal rescue facilities to improve animal welfare and inspire compassion……just as Brian did in life.
In the name of Detective Brian Simonsen – “Smile and Do Good”
Join us Friday February 10, 2023 at 11am
Holy Child Jesus Church
Richmond Hill, NY