Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Michael Gainey

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.

Sergeant Michael Gainey has worked in law enforcement for the last 12 years. Over those years, the majority of his time has been with the Mint Hill Police Department in North Carolina. Back in 2013, Sgt. Gainey had an idea to hold a local 5K race during National Police Week to raise awareness of their local memorial as well as the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

In just two months, Sgt. Gainey got the support of Chief Tim Ledford and the Mint Hill Police Department to pull off the first Soles2Remember 5K in May 2013 which raised more than $6,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Sgt. Gainey and his colleagues came out on their day off to help close streets and bring family members to participate. Along with the support of Chief Ledford and command staff he was able to plan the 2nd annual event, which occurred during National Police Week 2014. This year’s event raised over $7,000 and had more than 130 participants. Sgt. Gainey’s goal for the event is to have it grow to become a family affair in the community of Mint Hill and include other agencies around Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

When Sgt. Gainey started the planning process, he contacted us and we encouraged him to become one of our Law Enforcement Ambassadors. He has been doing a great job spreading awareness about our efforts and the work of his agency. Thank you Ambassador Michael Gainey for all your support!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NASCAR Salutes Law Enforcement at Dover International Speedway®

Sunday was a great day for the races!

The past Sunday, June 1st, the Memorial Fund once again teamed up with Dover International Speedway® for our 6th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. A great group of law enforcement officers, their families and supporters participated in our pre-race events which helped to raise more than $5,000 for the National Law Enforcement Museum Campaign.

Pre-race activities included raffle prizes from the Dover, bagpipes and drums, and a Nascar® driver appearance! Big raffle prizes at the tent including a ride in the Grand Marshall’s care at the start of the race and a Monster Mile NASCAR Driving School with 10 Laps and U-Drive experience in a NASCAR Race Car on the track. Through this raffle we raised an additional $756.00 in raffle sales and donations. Also before the race, two Delaware State Patrol cars and two Dover Police Department cars did a ceremonial lap.

Ambre, Millie and Tristan Taylor with
NASCAR drivers Martin and Ryan Truex
Our special guests for this event were Mrs. Ambre Taylor and her children Tristan and Millie. Ambre’s husband Dino Taylor was a Baltimore City Police Officer who was killed in a traffic crash in 2012. Ambre and the kids had a great time and were very appreciative.

NASCAR Drivers Martin and Ryan Truex visited the Memorial Fund's hospitality tent before the race and spent some one on one time with the Taylor family. They also did a questions and answers session with the folks in the tent.

Dover presented a ceremonial check to the Memorial Fund for $5,192 and announced during the pre-race program that they have raised over $50,000 for the Memorial Fund and Museum during their 6 Law Enforcement Appreciation Days!

It was a great day for racing, the Memorial Fund and fans. Thank you to all those who participated and helped us make this event such a great success!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Martin Schrampfer

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.

Over 15 years ago, Patrol Officer Martin Schrampfer came from Menasha, WI to learn more about what National Police Week was all about. After attending the Candlelight Vigil for the first time, Martin felt the important role the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial plays in the lives of law enforcement officers and their families. That’s when he decided to become a Law Enforcement Ambassador. “As I watched the survivors come off the buses to attend the Vigil I knew I needed to do something because it was the right thing to do,” he said.  

After returning to the Vigil twice since that day 15 years ago, Martin noticed all the different car/motorcycle tags on vehicles he saw parked around the Memorial. That led to an idea: Wisconsin needs to spread the word about the Memorial Fund with a state license tag.

Everyone has a thought from time to time that something needs to be done, but how many people take action? Martin did. Once returning from Police Week, he reached out to his State Representative Dean Kaufert, a son of a Neenah police officer, to get a Memorial Fund license tag in Wisconsin. 

Representative Kaufert agreed that Wisconsin needed a tag to not only remind residents about the sacrifice that law enforcement officers make each day but to let others know about the National Memorial in Washington, DC. Despite two failed efforts for the bill to become law, Ambassador Schrampfer pushed Representative Kaufert to try a third and final time this session. With the support of State Senator Mike Ellis, this time the bill made it to the Wisconsin State Senate and was passed. On April 16, Ambassador Schrampfer watched as Governor Scott Walker signed bill AB208 into law.
  
Ambassador Schrampfer’s idea became reality thanks to support from the Chief at the Menasha Police Department and so many others throughout the state. Now that that the bill has been signed it will take 6 to 10 months for production to begin. Stay tuned for more information. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Police Week 2014

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for another highly successful Police Week! This year, we honored the addition of 286 American Law Enforcement heroes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Pre-Police Week events began on Sunday, May 4  at the 23rd Annual Correctional Officers Wreath Laying Ceremony. During this event, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corrections Chiefs Committee gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor correctional officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.



Events continued on Tuesday, May 6 during the 20th Annual Blue Mass. During the event, public safety and law enforcement officers from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area gathered at St.Patrick’s Catholic Church to pray for a mass to honor those who serve in law enforcement and fire safety, and remember the fallen.



On Friday, May 9, 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 35th Annual Washington Area Police Memorial Service at MPD’s Headquarters in downtown DC with Jennifer Donelan of ABC/WILA-TV, as master of ceremonies.



Police Week activities officially kicked off when the 19th Annual Law Ride rode into town on Sunday, May 11. Hundreds of motorcyclists cruised from RFK Stadium past the U.S. Capitol, down Pennsylvania Avenue, and up 5th Street on their way to the Memorial.



Police Week 2014 really geared up on Monday, May 12 when the 18th Annual Police Unity Tour arrived at the Memorial. It was a sight to see when 1,800 riders made their way through the Memorial's Pathways of Remembrance. After a brief ceremony, the Police Unity Tour presented the Memorial Fund's Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd with a check for $1.91 MILLION dollars, their biggest donation yet to the Memorial Fund!



Tuesday, May 13 marked the biggest and most important day during Police Week, the night of the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil. Despite a rain delay, thousands gathered at the Memorial to raise their candles high in honor of the 20,267 officers on the Memorial.



Police Week events didn't after the Candlelight Vigil. On Wednesday, May 14 the runners participating in the 18th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Run completed their journey from Philadelphia, PA to the Memorial in honor of fallen officers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.



Also on the Wednesday the 14th, the 20th Annual Emerald Society and Pipeband March and Service made their way to the Memorial. During the event, the Emerald Society, an organization of American police officers or fire fighters of Irish heritage, remembered all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, in particular officers of Gaelic descent. Emerald Societies from all over the US participated in the march.



Police Week events also included the 33rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Services at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, May 15. After the ceremony, the Fraternal Order of Police and Fraternal Order of Police Auxillary brought their wreath to the Memorial, where Honor Guard teams from all over the U.S. stood watch over it until midnight.



Police Week is a very special time for us here at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and we are proud to be able to host the various events that happen during the week. Thank you again to all of those who participated in Police Week events, both in person and online through watching the live stream of the Candlelight Vigil on Officer.com and participating in our United By Light virtual candle campaign.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week determining the dates for National Police Week 2014 — Sunday, May 11th through Saturday, May 17th.

At the conclusion of the 33rd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police, the FOP Auxiliary, Concerns of Police Survivors and the Memorial Fund brought the wreath from the Capitol to the Memorial to remain under the watch of honor guards from all over the country for the rest of the evening.

Take a look at our photos of the National Peace Officers' Memorial Wreathlaying at the Memorial:



At midnight, a lone piper walked through the Memorial, and the flags were returned to full staff, signaling the end of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations to the Winner of this Year’s Harley Davidson!


The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund would like to extend our congratulations to the winner of this year’s Harley Davidson raffle, Ms. Karen R.!

Karen has been buying 4 tickets each year, and she said she thought this was her year!

Karen is a long time supporter of the Memorial Fund as her brother is a Grand Prairie, Texas Police Sergeant. We greatly appreciate her support and send her our well wishes for her new ride!

Friday, May 16, 2014

20th Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service

The Emerald Society, an organization of American police officers or fire fighters of Irish heritage, held the 20th Annual Emerald Society and Pipeband March and Service on Wednesday, May 14th. The service remembered all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, in particular officers of Gaelic descent, and featured numerous musical tributes.

Bagpipes trace their roots to the Middle East several centuries before the birth of Christ. But it was in Ireland and Scotland that the instrument became popular, used to signal a death and escort the fallen to the final resting place. Their strong association with law enforcement in the United States developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Irish-Americans stepped forward and began to fill the growing ranks of our law enforcement agencies. One of the enduring traditions they brought with them was bagpipe music.



The Memorial was proud to host this ceremony honoring the service and sacrifice of our fallen officers.