Tourniquet Saves | A Program of the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation Advocating Tourniquets Awareness and Readiness

Our Story

Officer Eric Emiliano Zapata from Kalamazoo Public Safety passed away suddenly Monday, April 18, 2011. Eric was born in Ionia, MI the son of Adolfo and Connie (Casarez) Zapata. Eric served on the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 10 years. He was a member of Lightning Kicks where he enjoyed doing mixed martial arts and was a mentor to many children; and enjoyed the game of golf. Eric was a family man.

His smile and charm warmed the hearts of all who came in contact with him. His love and dedication to his job was matched only by his love and dedication to his children. Eric was a friend to all and a hero to many. He is now an angel and once again he is watching over us and protecting us from above. His loving memory is in our hearts and souls forever. May he rest in peace.

Eric is survived by his loving family which include his children, Alexis Taylor Zapata, Eric Anthony Zapata, Jacob Emiliano Zapata; his mother, Connie (Epifanio) Bernal; his father, Aldolfo (Susan) Zapata; sister and brother, Irene (Vance) Ferguson, Armando Lara and Heather VanWyck; nieces and nephew, Vance Connor Ferguson, Alexandria Ferguson, McKenzie Ferguson; and his fiancé, Kristina Moore.”

Our Mission

The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity, was created to honor Eric “EZ” Zapata’s legacy as a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer, who made the ultimate sacrifice during his course of duty on 04/18/11. The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation hopes to perpetuate the memory of Eric Zapata by maintaining a memorial scholarship and making charitable contributions to the community he served.

Community Partners

The Tourniquet On Person (TOP) program is a collaborative project and is only possible with the assistance of these Community Partners.

Oshtemo Fire and Rescue Department

Train the Trainer

Oshtemo Fire and Rescue Department hosts out Train the Trainer events with realistic professional training.

Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Data Collection and Logistics

Western Michigan University School of Medicine collects the data after tourniquet use to study the effects of rapid tourniquet deployment.