Thursday, April 24, 2014

Detroit Tigers Host 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Clint Eastwood's PSA on the
scoreboard during the game
On Monday, April 21, over 1200 law enforcement professionals joined the Detroit Tigers as they took on the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. With over 25,000 in attendance and over $12,000 raised for the Memorial Fund, this game was one of the largest Law Enforcement Appreciation Events held since the program began over three years ago. During the game, the Detroit Tigers welcomed all local, state and federal law enforcement professionals with a special message and public service announcement from Clint Eastwood.


Pre-game festivities featured a display of police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherall Street. The Van Buren Township (MI) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors as Officer Raquel Reyes of the Auburn Hills (MI) Police Department performed the National Anthem. The game’s opening ceremony was dedicated to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield II and Detroit (MI) Police Department Officers Rodney Jones and Patrick Hill who were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

February 2014 Officer of Month Lieutenant Timothy Jungle

Also during the game, the Memorial Fund honored their February Officer of the Month Award recipient Lieutenant Timothy Jungel, of the Eaton County (MI) Sheriff’s Office.


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Michigan State Police performed a helicopter fly over and Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd threw out the first pitch of the game.

The Memorial Fund would like to thank Law Enforcement Ambassador Brent Clark and Dan Foley for organizing the event along with Detroit Tigers Account Representative Kate Walker and the Detroit Tigers Security Team. A special thanks to former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema of the 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series for joining us and to the Michigan Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan State Troopers Association, Police Officers Association of Michigan and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association for their support.

Craig Floyd, Stacey and Tye Sipps and 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Pitcher Dave Rozema
We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring of 2015 as preparations are already underway for the 4th annual event.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New York Yankees Host 2nd Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

On Friday, April 11th, 2014 law enforcement professionals joined a sold out crowd as the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-2 at Yankees Stadium. With over 1,000 attendees and over $18,000 raised for the Memorial Fund, this game was one of the largest Law Enforcement Appreciation Events held since the program began over three years ago. During the game, the New York Yankees welcomed all attending first responders with a special scoreboard message.

This game also celebrated another exciting moment as the Memorial Fund awarded our first CharityBuzz.com winner with four VIP seats behind home plate, a special scoreboard welcome message displayed during the game and four Yankee gift bags. Alexis Crespin had the winning bid, donating $1,500 to win the package. Memorial Fund Director of Law Enforcement Relations John Shanks, and New York Yankees Group Sales Manager Joshua Rose met Alexis and her family at the game to present them with their gift bags and thank them for their support. 

John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations and Chairty Buzz winner Alexis Crespin and family.
The Red Sox and Yankees played an exceptional game and a good time was had by attendees. In the end, the Red Sox were victorious, but the Yankees lead the four game weekend series with a 3 -1 record over the Red Sox. 

Law enforcement attending the game comprised multiple agencies including local police, sheriff’s offices, state troopers and federal agencies from as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as Virginia. 

The Yankees have been a great friend and supporter of the Memorial Fund through their hosting of Law Enforcement Appreciation Events. The Memorial Fund is very appreciative of our relationship with the New York Yankees and Joshua Rose, their Group Sales Manager. 

 For additional information about any of the Memorial Funds Law Enforcement Appreciation Events visit www.LawMemorial.org/sports or contact John Shanks at JShanks@nleomf.org

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Tim Chard

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving our goals.

This month, we honor Law Enforcement Ambassador Tim Chard, National Director of Administration for FLEOA/Utah Chapter President. Tim has supported the Memorial Fund in numerous capacities and served as an Ambassador for the past five years. Recently, Tim took the lead in organizing a screening of the film Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival, in Pleasant Grove, UT, on February 28, 2014. The event was a big success—670 tickets to the screening were sold, raising over $10,000 to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and local Utah police departments.


The film screening was a great way to educate the public on law enforcement and their everyday encounters as they serve and protect their community. The evening’s emcees—co-hosts from a local television show, Good Things Utah—did a fantastic job.

Several members of the Pleasant Grove City Council were in attendance, along with Mayor Michael Daniels, and families of recently fallen officers from Utah. Brody Young, who is the Utah State Park Ranger featured in the film, shared his thoughts with the audience. Also in attendance was Nannette Wride, the widow of Sgt. Cory Wride, who was killed in the line of duty on January 30, 2014. Mrs. Wride made a heartfelt plea to everyone at the event: never take for granted the love you share with those so close to you in your life. She urged everyone to be a voice of support for efforts in obtaining protective equipment for officers’ vehicles. Another longtime supporter of the Memorial Fund and the law enforcement community, actor Vincent D’Onofrio, was there to pay tribute.

The purpose of the Heroes Behind the Badge event was to not only inform and educate citizens of the personal sacrifice that so many families have made, but to also pay tribute to all of America's law enforcement officers.

Thank you to Tim Chard and everyone who was involved in organizing this great event!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Brent Clark

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving our goals.


This month, we honor Law Enforcement Ambassador Brent Clark, who has been an Ambassador for the past six years. Not only has Brent volunteered countless hours during National Police Week and throughout the year, he works closely with our staff to coordinate our Law Enforcement Appreciation events with professional sports teams across the country. 


Brent has been a great mentor to other Ambassadors helping us to start Law Enforcement Appreciation events in Nashville, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. Just last year, Brent helped us with more than six events raising more than $22,000 toward building the National Law Enforcement Museum. This year he has already coordinated five events which have sold more than 726 tickets and counting.

Brent is an active federal law enforcement agent. Originally from Michigan, he has been assigned to the New York City area. He supports our efforts along with teams in the Detroit and New York area. Brent not only volunteers his personal time and energy to support the mission of the Memorial Fund and Museum, he is also a personal donor to the “A Matter of Honor” Campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Interested in becoming an Ambassador/Guardian? Visit www.LawMemorial.org/contribute/ambassadors

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers Host 2nd Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

On Tuesday, January 28th 13,985 fans came out to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio to support and honor Ohio Law Enforcement in the 2nd Annual Cleveland Cavaliers Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.

The Cavaliers played a great game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but unfortunately lost with a final score of 100-89.

During the pre-game festivities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Honor Guard presented the colors during the National Anthem. In addition, the Cleveland Police Museum sponsored 25 children from the greater Cleveland area that were a part of the "High 5" tunnel, wherein the children got the opportunity to stand on the court and high-five Cavaliers players as they took the floor for pre-game warm-ups. Each participant received a special t-shirt and got to interact with players before the game.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Honor Guard
During halftime, a special ceremony took place at center court where Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd presented the Cavaliers' CEO Len Komoroski with a 2014 Memorial Fund Challenge coin and Memorial wall paper weight.

Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski and Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd
Representative from the following organizations were hosted in the owners suite of the Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena: Ohio Chiefs of Police, Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, Cuyahoga County Chiefs of Police, Cleveland Police Museum, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Clinic Police Department, Akron Police Department, Ohio DARE, Ohio HIDTA, Ohio State Highway Patrol, TSA and U.S. Secret Service. Our thanks to everyone who attended and helping promote the event.
Photo from the Owner's Suite
The Memorial Fund would like to extend a special thank you  to Cleveland Cavaliers owner Mr. Dan Gilbert, CEO Len Komoroski, Director of Security and Safety Brian Herbert and Account Representative David Kodish for their support to the Memorial Fund and for helping to put together a great event.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recorded Memorial Tributes to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Presented

On Tuesday, January 27th, 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.

Tuesday's event featured a screening of a recorded tribute to each of the officers. The surviving families of the officers were in attendance, along with distinguished guests FBI Director Jim Comey, DC MPD Assistant Chief Peter Newsham and Thomas Bethel, National President of the American Maritime Officers, the sponsor of the recorded tributes.

“I’m honored to be here this evening to pay tribute to three of our fallen heroes,” said Director Comey during his speech. “Three very different individuals with different life experiences and different personalities,” he said. “But they shared a common devotion and a common sense of duty.”

Friday, January 24, 2014

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd speaks at IJIS Institute Badge & Tech Benefit Dinner

On Thursday, January 16th, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd delivered the keynote address at the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS) Institute Badge & Tech Benefit Dinner. The IJIS Institute is a non-profit consortium of industry’s leading information technology companies working collaboratively with local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance, training, and support services for information exchange and technology initiatives. They promote public-private partnerships to foster information sharing to assist with public safety and homeland security.

Each year since 2011, the IJIS Institute has hosted the Badge & Tech Benefit Dinner in conjunction with the National Symposium. At this event, IJIS Institute Members and Associates come together to benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to making the public safer and more secure. This year, the IJIS Institute chose the Memorial Fund as the non-profit that benefitted from the proceeds to the event.

From Left to Right: Steve Ambrosini, IJIS Executive Director and Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd