Monday, September 19, 2016

Law Enforcement Recognized Throughout Major League Baseball

On Saturday, September 17, the Cleveland Indians brought their entire "Tribe" out as the Indians battled the Detroit Tigers in extra innings as they continue to fight for the playoffs and a chance to win the American League Central. The Indians won 1-0.

Not only was it a big win for the "Tribe" but it was a special win for law enforcement as the Indians held their annual Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field.

Before the game started, a moment of silence was held in honor of Ohio State Trooper Kenneth Velez who was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop in Cleveland on September 15. Trooper Velez is the seventh officer to be struck and killed in 2016 and the fourth law enforcement fatality for the state of Ohio.

The National Anthem was performed by Sergeant Michael Maughmer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard presented the colors.

Throwing out the first pitch (which was a strike) and representing Federal Law Enforcement was Ohio native and current United States Marshal of the Northern District of Ohio Peter Elliott.

Despite the overcast weather, 26,654 were attendance to witness a great game and a great night supporting law enforcement, which raised over $2,700 for the Memorial Fund.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank JP Makari and the Group Sales Team, Cleveland Indians Community Impact Team, Bill Swank, Ohio Chiefs of Police Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Cleveland Chapter and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police for their support and making it a great event.

Also around the league, Texas Rangers also hosted Law Enforcement Night on Saturday, honoring our August 2016 Officer of the Month Award winners Ed Pietrowski and Michael Sarro. This event was held in partnership with the Texas Rangers and the Police Officers Angel Foundation. Special thanks to Maria Alvarado and Zak Ganter.

For the latest law enforcement sporting events, visit www.lawmemorial.org/sports.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Twin Cities Honor Law Enforcement on 9-11 Anniversary

The afternoon game on Sunday, Sept. 11, was a day to remember in the Twin Cities as the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians honored and recognized Minnesota law enforcement and paid tribute to those who died on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Great weather was on hand as more than 20,300 were in attendance for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Before the game, representatives from the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association and the Concerns of Police Survivors’ (C.O.P.S.) Minnesota Chapter gathered at home plate as the St. Paul Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the national anthem. The Minnesota Twins Territory Flag was raised and saluted by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s Minnesota Chapter.

The Minnesota Twins salute law enforcement and thank everyone for attending and supporting the annual event. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to give special thanks to Luis Breazeal and Sam Henschen and to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association for going above and beyond and making this a great event.

Other NLEOMF events that took place on Sunday, Sept. 11, included games with the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. For the latest in law enforcement appreciation sporting events visit www.lawmemorial.org/sports.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kansas City Honors Law Enforcement

On Monday, July 18, the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as they hosted the annual Law Enforcement Night at the "K" as the World Series Champions Kansas City Royals battled the Cleveland Indians. The Royals beat the Indians in a final score of 7-3. 

More than 38,000 were in attendance on this special night which gave the general public along with family and friends to come out to the "K" and honor and thank law enforcement.

The Royals' support for police took on extra significance that evening in wake of recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Slain Kansas City (KS) Police Detective Brad Lancaster was also honored by the Kansas City Royals. Detective Lancaster was killed in the line of duty earlier this year helping other officers respond to a suspicious person near the Kansas Speedway.  

Detective Lancaster daughters threw out the first pitch as Kansas City Police Officer Dustin Dierenfeldts sang the National Anthem.

Royals manager Ned Yost says he has a deep respect for the officers who work at Kauffman Stadium and on the streets. 

"We know how important they are to everybody's safety," Yost said before the game. "To continue to find ways and to support them for what they do. They are very important to this community and every community." 

Our thanks goes out to all the law enforcement officers and the Royals fans that attended, special thanks to Royals Group Sales Representative Ariel Peralta and Community Relations Director Ben Aken. For the latest on law enforcement sporting events visit www.lawmemorial.org/sports.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Washington Nationals Host Law Enforcement Night

In the second game of a doubleheader, the Washington Nationals hosted law enforcement officers, their families and supporters on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Anne Arundel County State Attorney W‎es Adams joined Police Unity Tour members Maggie Deboard, Tim Benedict and Karen Bonz on the field for a pre-game ceremony.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night with the Nationals

Friday, May 13, 2016

Police Unity Tour 2016

Shortly after 2 pm today, over 2,000 members of the Police Unity Tour completed their long journey to Washington, DC. Participants traveled hundreds of miles over the past three days to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Friends, family and supporters gathered at the Memorial, waving signs and cheering on the participants as they finished the long ride. The Police Unity Tour’s motto is “We Ride for Those Who Died” and is one that each rider seriously embraces. Participants not only trained hard for the 300 mile average ride but also raised money to provide awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.



After all riders had entered the Memorial, a brief ceremony was held, and the Police Unity Tour presented a check for $2.32 million to Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the the Memorial Fund.

We thank all the members of the Police Unity Tour, who worked tirelessly to ensure the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement heroes are forever remembered. Their generosity, commitment and unity are vital to honoring all officers killed in the line of duty.

Monday, May 9, 2016

37th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, DC, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1, and the DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors hosted the 37th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service at MPD’s Headquarters in downtown DC, with Shawn Anderson of WTOP News as master of ceremonies.



This annual service recognizes the work of all DC Metro area law enforcement officers. Special recognition was given to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015, including Carolyn Cross, Craig Chandler, Noah Leotta, and Brennan Rabain.

Following the presentation of colors and the national anthem, introductory remarks were given by District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, followed by remarks from Representatives from the DC Department of Corrections, Baltimore City Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department, and Prince George's County Police Department spoke about their officers lost in the past year, which was followed by a solemn roll call of fallen heroes from the DC Metro area.

Survivors, law enforcement officers and friends placed blue roses as the names of the fallen were read.

The names of the officers honored at the service today will be dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil this Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm, along with 252 other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more information about National Police Week 2016, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.LawMemorial.org/PoliceWeek.

New York Yankees Host Law Enforcement Night in the Bronx

The constant mist on a cold night in May couldn’t keep New York Yankees fans from one of the biggest rivalries in sports. With the Boston Red Sox in town for the first time this season, scores of people traveled from all around the tri-state area for an exciting game on Friday, May 6, down to the final out.

Hundreds of fans were also there in support of local law enforcement, as the Yankees hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Yankee Stadium. Fans traveled from as far away as Texas to watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2. They also saw a little more action that they had anticipated in the ninth inning as Red Sox DH David Ortiz was struck out with bases loaded, blowing a chance to tie or even win the game. An angry Ortiz, who had scored a home run in the first inning, immediately ran back on the field and accosted the umpire, giving everyone a story to take home that night.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to thank the New York Yankees for the opportunity to share this game with the local law enforcement, their families and supporters. A special thanks to David Sibelman and the rest of the Group Sales & Service Department. 

The Yankees will host another Law Enforcement Appreciation event on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Special discounted tickets will go on sale later this summer.