Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ohio law enforcement honored at NHL game

November was a busy month as the NHL hosted several Law Enforcement Appreciation Nights in honor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. On November 17 the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted their annual First Responders/Law Enforcement Night which was a huge success.

A sold-out crowd watched the Blue Jackets beat the visiting New York Rangers with a final score of 2-0. 

The Columbus (OH) Division of Police Mounted, Motorcycle & Freeway Units were on hand, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Columbus Division of Fire, to greet arriving fans.   

The Columbus Division of Police Motorcycle and Freeway Units provided a VIP escort to the family of Kirkersville (OH) Police Chief Eric DiSario from their home to the game. They were hosted by the Blue Jackets at a pregame experience on the ice, and after the game they were invited in the Blue Jackets locker room by player Cam Atkinson. 

Several families of first responders were able to greet players as they entered the ice and children of local law enforcement officers were able to ride the Zamboni throughout the evening.

During the first intermission the Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs’ patrol cruiser was driven around the ice by CPD Officer of the Month Anthony L. Johnson. 

Interactive stations were located throughout the arena for the fans to visit, along with K9 demonstrations by Columbus Airport Police Officer David Knepper and his K9 partner.

The Franklin County (OH) Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad brought their robot to explain how they use their special equipment. 


Special thanks to the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, especially Malinda Smith, Dani Knell and Cam Atkinson. Our thanks to the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Columbus Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police for their continued support of this great event.

Monday, August 14, 2017

MLB's Indians, Brewers Honor Law Enforcement

The Cleveland Indians hosted their annual Law Enforcement Night on August 5 against the New York Yankees. It was an exciting night supporting and honoring law enforcement despite the Indians coming up short in a 2-1 loss before a sold-out crowd at Progressive Field.

Prior to the game, Columbus (OH) Police Department Commander Robert Meader threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Commander Meader is a native of Cleveland and as a teenager worked in the concessions department with the Indians. His brother-in-law was a Columbus police officer who was killed in the line of duty. During the pre-game ceremony Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Maughmer performed the national anthem as the Wellington (OH) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors. Fans were also treated to a special video on the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Stand With Honor program www.StandWithHonor.us.

A special thanks to the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Cleveland Indians and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police for assisting in this annual event.

Milwaukee Brewers


On August 11 in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Brewers hosted their annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. This is the seventh year the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has teamed up with the Brewers. More than 2,000 law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies, along with their families and friends, came out for the event. Brewer fans were treated to a special pre-game ceremony honoring Wisconsin’s finest, including a helicopter flyover performed by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Wisconsin Honor Guard Association on the field presenting the colors, as well as the Memorial Fund flag.

The Memorial Fund Officer of the Month award recipients for March 2017 officers Andy Hopfensperger and Ryan Bula of the Antigo (WI) Police Department threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

A special thanks to the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, Wisconsin Chapter of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Wisconsin State Troopers Association, Milwaukee Police Association, Maggie Aliota and the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation for sponsoring the special challenge coins that were given away that night.

If you missed these events, check out www.LawMemorial.org/Sports for the latest law enforcement events happening across the country.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Law Enforcement Honored By World Series Champions

On Wednesday, May 17, the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs honored area law enforcement during their annual Law Enforcement Night at Wrigley Field. More than 1,550 law enforcement officers, friends, families and supporters came out to watch the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs won with a final score of 7-5. 

Everyone that bought this special offer received a Chicago Cubs Beanie Cap. Not only was it Law Enforcement Night at Wrigley, but it was also National Police Week. The Chicago Cubs posted a special marquee message honoring law enforcement. During the pre-game ceremonies at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors. 

Our thanks to Samuel Schlechter and the Chicago Cubs Groups Sales Team, along with James Reynolds and the Security Team, for their assistance in making this a great event. For other Major League Baseball Law Enforcement Night events, visit: www.LawMemorial.org/Sports.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red Sox honor Boston-area law enforcement

Monday, May 1, was a great night in Red Sox Nation as the Boston Red Sox honored Massachusetts-area law enforcement departments and officers, as well as the surrounding New England area, during the 6th annual Law Enforcement Night at Fenway Park.

The evening’s recognition and remembrance of law enforcement started off with Pauline Carter-Wells of the Cambridge (MA) Police Department singing the national anthem as the Boston University (MA) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Director of Law Enforcement Relations Matt Palardy threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and was joined by Memorial Fund Board Vice Chair Jon Adler, the New England COPS Chapter and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly.

Children of fallen officer families had the opportunity to say "Play Ball" at home plate before the game. Families of the officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2016, and who will be remembered and honored during the 2017 National Police Week, were also honored on field before the game.

This special night also gave Memorial Fund the opportunity to promote the Stand With Honor (www.StandWithHonor.us) program to a diverse group of law enforcement leaders and associations. 

The Boston Red Sox ended up falling short to the Baltimore Orioles in an exciting game in a final score of 5-2.

We would like to thank the Carl Grider and the Boston Red Sox Group Sales Team, Boston Red Sox Security Team, Boston Police Department, New England COPS Chapter, New England Association Chiefs of Police and the Massachusetts Police Association for their support of this event. For the latest schedule of law enforcement events with Major League Baseball Teams visit www.LawMemorial.org/sports.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fallen Officer Names Buried at Museum Construction Site

Braving temperatures in the teens, Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd climbed down 65 feet into the construction site of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Strapped to his back as he climbed down several ladders on this December day, was a wooden box containing rubbings of names of fallen officers from the Memorial across the street.

The rubbings were part of a project from National Police Week in 2014. Visitors to the Memorial were asked to make extra rubbings of their loved one’s names so they could be placed into a capsule and embedded into the Museum underneath the area which will contain the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance. Hundreds of rubbings were collected and they waited for the day when they could be forever sealed into the foundation of the building designed to tell their profession’s story. That day came on December 15, 2016.

Mr. Floyd carefully delivered the capsule to its final resting place. He gently placed the wooden box into the ground, and shoveled in the dirt on top. Concrete will soon be poured over the site as construction for the Museum continues.

The Museum is expected to be completed  in 2018.



Monday, November 28, 2016

NHL's Blue Jackets Honor First Responders and Families


It was a great night on November 18 in downtown Columbus as the surrounding community and the State of Ohio poured into the Nationwide Arena for the annual Columbus Blue Jackets First Responders Night. Not only did this night honor Ohio First Responders, it also honored and recognized the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. More than $4,000 were raised for the first National Law Enforcement Museum.

The Blue Jackets hosted the New York Rangers and won in an exciting game with a final score of 4-2.

Prior to the start of the game, the Blue Jackets observed a moment of remembrance for Columbus (OH) Police Officer Steve Smith and Hilliard (OH) Police Officer Sean Johnson as their families were recognized on the ice. 

Mounted police on horses welcomed fans outside Nationwide Arena while concourse attractions included a K-9 unit, a bomb squad robot, a CPR training station and a dress-up station where kids were able to try on police, firefighter and bomb squad gear. In addition, fans were treated to pre-game and first intermission performances by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, a group of active-duty or retired Columbus police officers and firefighters.
  
Columbus Division of Police officer Alex Behnen and Gary Leister were given a personalized jersey from the team in a ceremony at intermission. They were honored for discovering two historical line of duty deaths that were not known or recognized locally or in Washingon, DC, at the national memorial.  

After the game Hilliard and Columbus police officers and their families were invited down on the ice for group photos. Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson met the kids and parents in the locker room.

Our thanks to Malinda Smyth, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena for saluting First Responders and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Special thanks to the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, City of Columbus Police Department and Bill Swank for their efforts in assisting with this event.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Memorial Commemorates 25th Anniversary with FBI National Academy

Dressed in the standard khaki cargo pants and green polo shirts, the members of the 266th Session of the FBI National Academy walked among walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Wednesday night. As the sun started to set, they kneeled by the 20,789 names. Some sat nearby in silence, others etched names they recognized onto paper.

The officers looked across E Street at the wide 30-foot hole in the ground, part of the construction that will eventually become the National Law Enforcement Museum. They talk about making a trip back to Washington, DC, in mid-2018, when the Museum is slated to open.

The FBI’s Jeffery S. McCormick started the wreathlaying ceremony with the introduction, welcoming the 266th Session to the Memorial. The presentation of colors was provided by the Alexandria (VA) Police Department.

Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd was happy to have the members of the National Academy at the Memorial this week.

“Tonight you help us commemorate a very special milestone in law enforcement history,” he said. “It was 25 years ago this past Saturday, on October 15, 1991, when we dedicated this majestic monument that was built to honor the men and women in law enforcement. To honor our service, remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of duty.”

Mr. Floyd took a few minutes to share the history of the Memorial, how it was built and the special significance of Judiciary Square, where the Memorial, and soon the Museum, stands.

“It was in 1972 when a detective from Suffolk County in New York, by the name of Donald Guilford, had the vision to build a national law enforcement officers memorial. And he took that to his local Congressman, and they introduced a bill. Language for some time, but ultimately they went to a leader among law enforcement. His name was Mario Biaggi, a Congressman from New York City. He had served for 23 years with the New York City Police Department. A legendary figure, he was wounded 10 times in the line of duty, the most decorated officer in New York City history when he retired in 1965. He served 20 years in Congress, and he always said one of his proudest, if not the proudest, achievement he ever had was the establishment of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

“He introduced the legislation, became law in 1984. And after seven years of dedicated effort, we opened this monument to the public. It wasn’t easy. It took us two years to pick the specific site it should be built on. Congress didn’t legislate that. So we scoured the city, and we came upon Judiciary Square, where we’re standing here tonight. They say that President George Washington once stood in this very place. He decided that this Judiciary Square would become the seat of our judicial branch of government, the seat of criminal justice in America. It’s one of the three major spaces they designed Washington around. We felt that this was the spot to honor the men and women who enforce the laws of our nation, and keep the peace.

“So in 1991, when we dedicated this memorial, there were 12,561 names added to these Memorial walls. It was a Herculean task to identify those fallen heroes. It’s never been done before. We were the first.”