Thursday, April 26, 2012

Unveiling Day at the Memorial

Earlier today the name of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse was officially unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, along with the names of two other officers killed in the line of duty, Albany (GA) Police Officer Terry Mae Lewis-Flemming and Riverside (MO) Master Patrolman Jefferson Gerald Taylor.

Friends, family, and colleagues of Officer Crouse gathered to honor his service and sacrifice. Less than six months ago, Officer Crouse was shot and killed while he was administering a routine traffic stop on Virginia Tech's campus. He was 39-years old and left behind a wife, Tina, son, Dustin, and four step-children.

Officer Crouse formerly worked at the New River Valley Jail in Dublin, VA, the Montgomery County (VA) Sheriff’s Department and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In 2012, the names of 362 officers, including Officer Crouse, will be added to the Memorial walls, 163 names of officers killed in 2011 and 199 historical fatalities. All of the newly-engraved names will be formally dedicated on the Memorial during the 24th  Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, as part of the National Police Week observances.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Law Enforcement Ambassador Spotlight: Corporal Cory Eslick, Anne Arundel County (MD) Police Department

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 their goals.

This month we introduce you to Law Enforcement Ambassador Cory Eslick, a longtime supporter and friend of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. When he started visiting the Memorial early in his law enforcement career, Cory really started to grasp the significance of honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Law Enforcement Ambassador, Corporal Cory Eslick, Anne Arundel County (MD) Police Department
Embracing the Memorial Fund’s efforts to raise awareness about the enormous contributions of law enforcement officers everywhere, Cory reached out to the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles to begin to create a Maryland State License Plate bearing the Memorial Fund’s Rose & Shield logo. Today you can see vehicles all across the DC Metropolitan area with these special commemorative license plates. In addition to raising awareness and appreciation for America’s peace officers and the Memorial Fund, Cory’s program has generated more than $2,000 in donations.

Special Memorial Fund-branded Maryland License Plate

Cory is a great example of someone who seized the opportunity to help make a difference. We hope more supporters will follow his lead and get involved with the Memorial Fund’s efforts. And we thank Cory for his strong leadership and vision.

If you would like to contribute to the Memorial Fund's efforts in your own way, please contact John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or