Ponch's Promise Fund
Duane "Ponch" Isle was a Veteran that served in the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Minnesota Army National Guard where he retired in 2000. He had a passion for motorcycles and helping fellow Veterans in need through the Quick Response Force (QRF), a team that responds to those undergoing mental and situational crisis. During his time with the QRF, Ponch responded to numerous calls from people in need.
On February 12, 2022, Ponch used skills he had learned in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to help an individual who was contemplating suicide. He voluntarily went to pick up that individual and the family (including the dog) and took them to his house where he created a safe environment for everyone. With the help of the techniques that he had learned in class, he was able to steer the individual away from the suicidal thoughts. He provided food and comfort, taking care of the family while allowing the individual to rest. He also contacted the individual’s extended family, a support group, and therapist to schedule an appointment for them. He transported the individual to an AA Support meeting and waited until the individual’s parents arrived. This selfless act saved a life – something that the individual later confirmed.
Although Ponch is no longer with us, his legacy of helping Veterans in crisis can continue. Please consider making a donation Ponch’s Promise Fund. Funds will be used to provide ASIST and ASIST Train The Trainer courses. Help us build Ponch's legacy and prevent Veteran suicide.
100% of all donations will be used to provide ASIST Training