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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Columbus Blue Jackets Hold Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

On Tuesday, November 4, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund held a special Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena. Unfortunately the Blue Jackets lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2, but it was still a great night for hockey.

Ohio State Highway Patrol presenting the colors
before the game.
This is the Blue Jackets first Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, and was held to honor the service and sacrifice of Ohio’s law enforcement officers. The night also honored two local law enforcement officers who have gone beyond the call of duty in serving their communities: Lieutenant Karl Barth of the Columbus (OH) Division of Police and Ohio Director of Public Safety (ret.) Thomas Charles.

Lieutenant Barth has been serving his community as a motorcycle officer since 1960 and has been with the department longer than anyone else, having served for 54 years. He has managed the motorcades of every President visiting Columbus since President Kennedy. In a 2011 article from the Columbus Dispatch, Lieutenant Barth stated that he has “no plans yet to retire.” You can read the article here.

Lieutenant Barth and Director Charlies wearing their
new personalized jerseys.
Director Charles began his career as an Ohio State Trooper in 1963, rising through the ranks to Lt. Colonel. He served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Ohio State Highway Patrol before he retired from law enforcement. Director Charles then served as State Inspector for three Ohio governors before he was appointed the Director of Public Safety in 2011. At his retirement last year, Governor John Kasich said, “No single Ohioan has done so much to keep Ohioans safe and enforce the law as Tom Charles." Director Charles will be honored next week with an addition of the Ohio State Patrol Academy being named, The Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing.

Before the game, the Ohio State High Patrol presented the honor guard to large and supportive crowd. Lieutenant Barth and Director Charles were then honored on the arena and were presented with personalized team jerseys.

A special Thanks to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for supporting the event, along with Columbus Blue Jacket’s Group Sales Specialist Steve Jix, and Memorial Fund Ambassador Bill Swank for organizing the event.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy 97th Birthday, Congressman Biaggi!

Today, the founder of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi (ret.), celebrates his 97th birthday.

In 1960, then Lieutenant Biaggi received the New York City Police Medal of Honor for Valor, the Department's highest award (pictured above).

Here are just a few more highlights from former Congressman Biaggi's impressive career.

  • Served for 23 years as New York City police officer, retiring in 1965 as a Detective Lieutenant.
  • Wounded 10 times in the line of duty, and when he retired in 1965, he was the most decorated officer in New York City history.
  • Went on to serve 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Authored the law to establish the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, among many other legislative accomplishments.
  • Founded the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in 1984.

Join us in wishing Mr. Biaggi the best on his 97th birthday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

FBI National Academy holds Service at Memorial

FBI National Academy students arriving at the Memorial.
On evening of October 22nd, Session 258 of the FBI National Academy held a memorial service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The FBI National Academy is a professional training course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. The Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad. The training also works to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Over two hundred students attended the ceremony to honor and remember the fallen officers from their departments. Memorial Fund Chief of Staff Herb Giobbi and head of the National Academy, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Michael Harrigan, made brief remarks during the ceremony. A roll call of fallen officers from the student's departments was read following the speeches. Lastly, the FBI National Academy students retook their law enforcement oath. The FBI National Academy has held several ceremonies at the Memorial, including one this past July.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Wreath Laying Ceremony Held for Fallen Georgia Officer

The students, Metropolitan Police Officer, and the wreath.
Last Friday, October 3, the Memorial Fund welcomed a group of elementary students from three elementary schools in Monroe County, GA, for a special wreath laying ceremony. The students were on a long weekend tour of Washington, DC and wanted to include a visit to the Memorial to honor a fallen officer from their county.

The students carrying the wreath.
The ceremony was to honor Deputy Sheriff Michael Norris of the Monroe County (GA) Sheriff’s Office, who was shot and killed while responding to a suicide call on September 14, 2014. Deputy Norris was a Resource Officer at KB Sutton Elementary School in Forsyth, GA for two years before becoming a patrol officer.

The wreath against the wall.
Three students were chosen to carry the wreath. These students attended KB Sutton Elementary while Deputy Norris was assigned there. They carried a wreath of autumn flowers from the center of the Memorial to Officer Ivorie Klusmann’s (EOW 8/10/13) name on the wall. Officer Klusmann of the DeKalb County (GA) Police Department was the most recent law enforcement officer from Georgia to have his name engraved on the Memorial. The students were escorted by a Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officer who kindly volunteered to take time out of his day to attend the ceremony.

The students, their chaperones, and Officer.
The sky was a bit overcast and there was a threat of rain, but that did not dampen the spirits of the group. There were many kind words said about Deputy Norris by those in attendance. They said that Deputy Norris was devoted to serving his community and always put others first. The students and their chaperones all wore matching memorial shirts for Deputy Norris that contained his badge number and EOW date. After the wreath was placed at the wall, a moment of silence was held in remembrance of Deputy Norris.

Thank you to the Monroe County students and their chaperones for attending the ceremony. Also, thank you to the Metropolitan Police Department for providing us with an officer for the ceremony.