Thursday, April 23, 2015

Detroit Tigers Host Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

On Wednesday April 22nd, the Detroit Tigers hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night benefiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Detroit, Michigan.

Pregame festivities featured a display of area police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherell Street. A special helicopter flyover featured the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk Helicopter. The Kent-Metro (Grand Rapids, MI) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors as Officer Brendan Moore of the Ferndale (MI) Police Department performed the National Anthem

The Tigers dedicated the opening ceremony of last night's game in honor of Ingham County (MI) Deputy Sheriff Grant Whitaker and Michigan Department of Corrections Officer Chad Charles, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Their names will  be formally dedicated at the 27th annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 during National Police Week in Washington, DC along with the names of 271 other officers from across the country.

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the Detroit (MI) Police Department as they celebrate their 150th Anniversary of protecting the citizens of Detroit.

Despite the temperature being 37 degrees and snow showers, over $9,500 was raised for NLEOMF. Our thanks to the Detroit Tigers Groups Sales Team, Detroit Tigers Security Department and all of the Michigan-area law enforcement agencies and organizations that attended and supported this  event. A special thanks to Memorial Fund Ambassador Brent Clark who helped coordinate the event.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Arizona Coyotes host their first Law Enforcement Appreciation Night


This past Monday, March 9th the Arizona Coyotes took on the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena during their Inaugural Law Enforcement Night. The game was held to honor area Arizona Law Enforcement Professionals. During a special pre-game ceremony, the Glendale Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors while Sgt. Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department sang the National Anthem.

It was an exciting night of hockey, however the Coyotes came up short in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Predators.

A special thanks to Megan Rivera and the Arizona Coyotes, David Neal and the Arizona Police Unity Tour and for everyone who attended. Plans are already underway for the 2016 hockey season.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Profile: Connecticut Memorial 5K – Guardian Lisa Pudlo

Lisa Pudlo and her fiancé Brian Barao
from the Glastonbury (CT) Police Department
Throughout the year there are many exciting and unique opportunities that Memorial Fund volunteers participate in and organize, such as the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial 5K.

In 2010, while an undergraduate in criminal justice, Guardian Lisa Pudlo sensed a need among her law enforcement friends for an annual event that engages her community to remember the sacrifice of fallen officers. Lisa wanted to strengthen a  sense of comradery with Connecticut law enforcement officers and decided to organize a 5K run. She created the annual Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial 5K held at the end of October or beginning of November. The event has grown over the last four years to include more than 500 registered participants and raise more than $39,000.

Lisa selected the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as the sole benefactor of the event, which has grown to include not only individual participants but police academy classes. Each year surpasses the prior year’s success and it fills the need in the local community. Lisa is now a doctoral candidate in criminal justice at Northeastern University researching law enforcement policy.

On behalf of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, we thank Lisa Pudlo for her passion and steadfast support. If you’re interested in learning more about how Lisa organizes her 5K each year, she welcomes emails (lisa.pudlo@gmail.com).

Friday, December 5, 2014

Detroit Red Wings host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Left to Right: Lieutenant Timothy Jungel,
Deputy Brian Matthews, and Investigator Phillip Seguin
On Thursday, December 4th the Detroit Red Wings teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host their 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night to honor the service and sacrifice of Michigan’s law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and their families. A sell out crowd of 20,027 packed the Joe Louis Arena. This was an exciting game as the Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars with a score of 5-2.

The Michigan State University Police Department
Honor Guard
During a special pre-game ceremony, the Red Wings celebrated the 225th anniversary of the United States Customs Service, the oldest agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Michigan State University Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the national anthem. Also during the pre-game ceremony, three officers from Michigan who received the 2014 National Law Enforcement Officers of the Month Award for their heroic actions and dedication to their communities were recognized. The officers are Lieutenant Timothy Jungel of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office (February), Investigator Phillip Seguin of the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office (April), and Deputy Brian Matthews of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (June). These officers will be honored at a special luncheon in May during the 2015 National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

Each ticket package included a commemorative Red Wings/NLEOMF branded Law Enforcement Pint Glass and the first 10,000 fans in attendance received a Pavel Datsyuk holiday ornament. A special thanks to Brent Clark, Jamie Clark, Dan Foley, Bill Hampstead, and the Detroit Red Wings Security Staff for their assistance in organizing another great event.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund


This Thursday, families across the country will join together, many traveling great distances, to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Memorial Fund expresses our gratitude and thanks for all of America's law enforcement officers, especially those who have given up time with their families to protect our travels and ensure our safety.

Everyday, law enforcement officers work to protect and serve the American public. The holidays are no exception, and for this, we are truly thankful.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nashville Predators 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night


Chattanooga Police Department Honor Guard
On Saturday, November 22nd a sellout crowd of just over 17,000 fans inside the Bridgestone Arena gathered to watch the Nashville Predators team up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host their 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.

The event was held to honor the service and sacrifice of all Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama law enforcement officers and their families. Thanks to this partnership, a portion of the ticket sale proceeds ($10 for each lower level ticket sold and $5 for each upper level ticket) was donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

This was an exciting game against the Florida Panthers, and the Predators went on to win in a 3-2 shootout.

A display of police cars and tactical vehicles were on the plaza in front of the arena for the public to view and interact with. The Chattanooga Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the National Anthem.

Smyrna Police Department
Detective Richard Hall and
Nashville Metro Police Department
Sergeant Jimmy Reed
A special pre-game ceremony honored Smyrna Police Department Detective Richard Hall and Nashville Metro Police Department Sergeant Jimmy Reed who received the Remington Heroes Award. Fans were also treated to a special Public Service Announcement from Honorary NLEOMF Chairman Clint Eastwood.

A special thanks to Brent Clark, Michael Kruggel and FLEOA Nashville Chapter President Bill DeSantiss, along with Executive Director Maggi McLean Duncan at the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police for their support in assisting us on this special night.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wreathlaying Ceremony held to honor 20th Anniversary of fallen FBI and MPD officers

On Friday, November 21, the Memorial Fund hosted a Recorded Memorial Tribute event honoring three fallen law enforcement professionals—FBI Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael Miller, and DC Metropolitan Police Department Sergeant Henry Daly.

On November 22, 1994, an ex-con was concerned that his fellow gang members thought he might be a snitch in a murder case. To prove them wrong, he walked into Metropolitan (DC) Police headquarters, took an elevator to the Cold Case Squad office, and without saying a word, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon. Special Agents Martinez and Miller were killed, along with MPD Sergeant Henry J. Daly. Special Agent John Kutcha was critically injured but survived.

Today's event began at St. Patrick’s in the City Catholic Church with a memorial service for the fallen officers. It continued at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where FBI ALAT John Kutchta and MPD Detective Lorren D. Leadmon (ret.) made poignant remarks about the fallen officers. The ceremony concluded with the families of the fallen officers laying wreaths at their names on the Memorial while the Joint Regional Pipe & Drum Corps played.

The Memorial Fund would like to thank all the offices and people involved with creating such a lovely ceremony.