TWISTED SISTER drummer A.J. Pero has been named the national spokesperson for Fallen Blue, which was created as a means to provide support, both emotional and financial, for the families of police officers who are killed outside the line of duty.
Pero has spent his life entertaining rock music fans as the drummer for TWISTED SISTER. He has also dedicated his life to helping others less fortunate with his charity work.
Commented Pero: "I have been asked by John and Rachael from Fallen Blue to be a part of the brotherhood. I jumped at the opportunity.
"I am honored to be a part of this family, this vital organization. I will help out 150 percent so we can achieve our goals.
"Our goals are to help the families of these brave men and women who die outside the line of duty.
"When a police officer is killed outside the line of duty — whether accidentally or by their own hand due to job related stress — they don't receive the benefits. Some families can't even afford to have a funeral, never mind future bills. I've experienced that years ago when a friend on the job, stressed out and emotionally fried, shot himself. Our neighborhood stood together to help the wife and children. We had benefits and cookouts to raise money, but it just wasn't enough.
"This organization can and will become vital nationwide if we all recognize this is a reality and pull together our resources for all law enforcement officers.
"Even though there are many different branches, we are all the same underneath and need to be treated as such. We would also like to eventually erect a physical memorial where we can go and honor those killed outside the line of duty."
For more information, visit FallenBlue.org.