Friday, December 20, 2013

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd presents Officer of the Month Award during Sandy Hook Appreciation Night

On Tuesday, December 17, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd presented Detective Scott Wisner with the Officer of the Month Award for December 2013 during Sandy Hook Appreciation Night, an event hosted by the Connecticut State Police Union that honored officers who responded to the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.

Detective Wisner was selected as December's Officer of the Month due to his heroic actions during the pursuit of robbery suspects in April of 2013.

Mr. Floyd gave a brief presentation about the Memorial Fund and the Officer of the Month Award Program, and then presented Detective Wisner with his Officer of the Month Award. In presenting this month's award, Mr. Floyd stated "As long as there are people like Detective Wisner among us who are willing to risk their lives for the safety and protection of others, there is indeed great hope for the future of our children and for the future of our nation."

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd and
December Officer of the Month Detective Scott Wisner
Detective Wisner, along with the other Officer of the Month Award winners for 2013, will be honored at a special awards luncheon in Washington, DC, in May 2014, during National Police Week. In addition, their stories of heroism and service will be featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Atlanta Falcons Honor Fallen Corporal Michael Young

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank presenting Cpl. Young's family with the game ball during the tribute.
This past Sunday, December 15, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd joined Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the field before their game versus the Washington Redskins. Accompanied by Georgia governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety Mark McDonough, they presented Corporal Young's family with a special Recorded Memorial Tribute in honor of their loved one, Georgia Department of Public Safety officer and 7-time trooper of the year, Corporal Michael Young, who was killed in an auto crash during a vehicle pursuit in 2006.

Launched in the summer of 2012, the Recorded Memorial Tribute Program is designed to share the stories of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The program provides a special way for all citizens to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. You can view Corporal Young's Recorded Memorial Tribute on the Memorial Fund's website.

Special thanks to Bob McDonough, Chief Security Officer of the Atlanta Falcons, and Bill McClain, retired Secret Service Agent and Chief Security Officer for Home Depot, Inc. for coordinating this presentation, and to the Atlanta Falcons for sponsoring the creation of Corporal Young's Recorded Memorial Tribute. This is the second year in a row that the Falcons have honored a fallen Georgia officer prior to a game.

Cpl. Young tribute on jumbo screen

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Special Thank You to the Police Unity Tour

The Memorial Fund would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to our friends at the Police Unity Tour for their continued partnership with our organization. This year's event during National Police Week marked 17 years of working together to honor fallen law enforcement officers. During those 17 years, the Police Unity Tour has donated nearly 14 million dollars to the Memorial Fund. They are the generous sponsor of our Officer of the Month Award Program and participate in various other events that the Memorial hosts during the year.

From Left to Right: Police Unity Tour CFO James Waldron, Police Unity Tour Executive Director Harry Phillips,
Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd.

Thank you again to the Police Unity Tour and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership for years to come!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

7 Great Gifts for a Law Enforcement Officer

Do you have a tough time shopping for that special officer in your life? Look no further than the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Gift Shop to find something for everyone on your list. You can find these gifts and more in our online store.

1. Holiday Gift Bag ($35.00)

A great selection of small gifts for a low price, our Organdy drawstring bag includes some of our most popular items. This bag includes the following: Adult Awareness Band, 2013 Challenge Coin, 2014 Datebook, Disposable Pen, Metal Lion Bookmark, Layered Magnet, Dedication Patch, Lanyard, and an Eyeglass Cleaning Cloth.
2. Sling Tote ($26.00)

For that officer who is always on the go, the modern slim styling of this tote bag conceals a generous main compartment. The front zippered pocket and earbud port will make it a breeze to keep cell phones, keys, and music handy.
3. Heroes Behind the Badge on Blu-Ray ($27.00) or DVD ($20.00)

Buying for a movie buff? Produced by Modern City Entertainment, Heroes Behind The Badge features stories of some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
4. 2013 Candlelight Vigil DVD ($15.50)

Your family can experience the power and emotion of this 25th annual tribute to America’s fallen law enforcement officers. This year's ceremony includes moving musical tributes, a stunning blue laser light show, keynote address by Attorney General Eric Holder, and the reading of the 321 newly-engraved names on the Memorial.
5. Officer Coin ($15.00)

For the coin enthusiast on your list, this beautiful bronze 1 3/4 inch coin with a hand rubbed antique finish features the inspiring quote, "It Is Not How These Officers Died That Made Them Heroes, It Is How They Lived."
6. 2013 Memorial Challenge Coin ($10.00)

And don't forget to grab this year's Memorial Challenge Coin, which reminds us that "Heroes Live Forever".
7. Future Law Enforcement Officer Onesie ($16.00)

For a new father or mother, this incredibly soft infant onesie is made in the USA by American Apparel. It's available in Navy, Pink, Red, and Light Blue, and in sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic



The 14th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic (NLEOMGC) was held November 3-7 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Considered the largest law enforcement golf tournament in the world, this year's event was attended by more than 600 golfers from the USA and Canada.

The NLEOMGC event raised over $23,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Museum this year, bringing their total donations to $538,000.

The winners for the 2013 tournament are:
Mens Category: Adam Argenbright, Maryland State Police
Women's Category: Vicki Dawson, Toronto (Canada) Police Department.

NLEOMGC's organizer, Rochester (NY) Police Officer Dan Morphet (ret.) has already announced dates for the 15th annual tournament for November 2 - 7, 2014. The 2014 tournament will bring a new course to the lineup with the World Tour Golf Links being added to the five legends courses and Tidewater currently being played.

Law enforcement groups interested in hosting their own local golf tournaments are encouraged to contact Dan Morphet at NLEOMGC@aol.com to find out how they can be a part of the annual event.

For more information about the annual golf classic, visit www.nleomgc.com.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wreathlaying held for Officer J.D. Tippit on the 50 Year Anniversary of His Death

Today marks a dark day in America's history. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Though that day represents a moment that touched people across the nation, it hit close to home for the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer J.D. Tippit’s family. Just minutes after President Kennedy was assassinated, the suspected gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot and killed Officer Tippit, who had stopped his cruiser on 10th Street to question him. Officer Tippit left behind his wife, Marie, and three children. In May 2008, Marie Tippit had the opportunity to visit the Memorial and see her late husband's name engraved on its marble walls.

Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd and Marie Tippit in 2008

A few years ago, fellow Dallas officer, Detective James Leavelle, visited the Memorial for the first time to see his friend Officer Tippit’s name. Detective Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald, escorting him through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters, when Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby. In June 2011, Mr. Leavelle spoke at the Museum’s first Witness to History event. Also in attendance at that event was Clint Hill, the Secret Service Agent in charge of the first lady, Mrs. Kennedy. Agent Hill can be seen jumping onto the back of the limousine to protect President and Mrs. Kennedy in the iconic photo taken right after President Kennedy's murder.

This October, the National Law Enforcement Museum acquired an important piece of history—the crime scene photos of Officer J.D. Tippit’s cruiser parked on 10th Street shortly after his death. To learn more about the photos acquired and about Officer Tippit's story, visit the National Law Enforcement Museum Blog.

Today, a wreathlaying ceremony was held in honor of Officer Tippit at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Memorial Fund staff and guests attended, and Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd shared some brief remarks. "Today we honor and remember a true American hero, Officer J.D. Tippit,” he said. “To remind all of us of his sacrifice, and to remind our visitors who will come through these Memorial walls over the next few days of his special place in history, we would like to place a wreath in his honor."


Monday, November 18, 2013

Police Motorcycle Club holds fundraiser for DC Officer shot at Navy Yard

This past Saturday, a very special fundraising event was held for Officer Scott Williams at Kelly's Irish Times in Washington DC. The Renegade Pigs, a non-profit organization comprised of active and retired public safety officers, were the organizers of the event. Officer Williams was badly injured in the Navy Yard shooting in September. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officer was shot in both legs, cracking his femur bone in one leg and shattering it in the other.

Organizers collected $20 at the door, sold shirts and held a silent auction. More than 300 people attended the event helping raise more than $8,000, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Williams. Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd was in attendance at the event and had the opportunity to speak with Officer Williams, as well as with NCIS Special Agents Brian Kelley and Ed Martin, the officers who rescued Officer Williams and carried him to safety after he was shot.

From left to right: Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd,
Special Agent Brian Kelley, Officer Scott Williams, and Special Agent Ed Martin.

For more information about this fundraiser, please visit WUSA 9's website.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night with the Detroit Red Wings

Police Unity Tour Riders
Last night, over 20,000 fans were in attendance as the Detroit Red Wings hosted their 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Night in Detroit, Michigan at Joe Louis Arena. Around 1,000 law enforcement personnel from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and even Canada attended this special night.

The Police Unity Tour riders of Michigan were recognized on ice during the pre-game festivities and the Livonia police department honor guard presented the colors.
Livonia police department Honor Guard

During the game, representatives from the Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan State Police Troopers Association, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Police Unity Tour and Detroit Police Department enjoyed watching the game in the VIP suite.

Unfortunately, the Red Wings lost 3 to 4 against the Dallas Stars, but the pre-game festivities and honoring of law enforcement officers and their supporters made for a great event!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Register for a 2013 VALOR training

There are three upcoming VALOR trainings this year in Gainesville, FL; Hamilton, NJ; and Nashville, TN. Each of these trainings is designed to promote officer safety and help prevent injuries and deaths to front-line law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

There is no registration fee associated with any of these trainings as they are offered free as a program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. At this training, you can learn about topics including:
  • Today's Threat Picture
  • Armed Subject Indicators and Approach Techniques
  • Characteristics of Armed Gunmen
  • Officer Down—Surviving Deadly Encounters
VALOR has organized trainings across the country and helped officers learn to recognize and respond to potential ambush tactics. Register today for one of the upcoming trainings below:

Gainesville, Florida - November 13, 2013
Hamilton, New Jersey - November 20, 2013
Nashville, Tennessee - December 3, 2013

A very special supporter

Brian's story began when his older sister Rachel decided she had too many toys and would rather give to others for her birthday. Over the past few years she has donated to different animal rescues, the Special Olympics and Twilight Wish.

Brian wanted to follow in his big sister's footsteps, so for his birthday he asked his guests to donate $5 to his cause of choice in lieu of getting him gifts. Last year he donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For Brian's birthday this year he decided that he wanted to help police families, which led him and his family to the Memorial Fund.

Because his birthday is end of October, it corresponded well with his wishes to be a real super hero for Halloween: a police man. Both of Brian's parents are police officers and they joked about his desired rankif he wanted to be a Corporal like his Daddy or a Sergeant like his Mommy. He decided to be a Sergeant, much to the delight of his mom!

Brian in his Halloween costume.
Thank you to Brian and his family for supporting the Memorial Fund.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Josh Bowman

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.

Josh Bowman is a longtime Memorial Fund supporter and Law Enforcement Ambassador. He has served in law enforcement for the last 14 years, starting out with the Chemung County (NY) Sheriff’s Office, and now with the Gates (NY) Police Department.

Josh’s support for the Memorial is personal—three of his friends’ names are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, where they are forever remembered and honored. In 2002, Josh and others started a 5K race to honor his friends and raise funds for the Memorial. Over an eight-year span, their event raised more than $100,000, to support not only the National Memorial, but also Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Fraternal Order of Police, and a scholarship fund for the families of the three fallen officers. And in addition to all of this, Josh managed to be an active Police Unity Tour participant for the last six years. 

Recently, Josh represented the Memorial Fund at the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department’s Charity Golf Tournament in New York, and graciously accepted a $7,200 check on our behalf (pictured above). And in preparation for our annual Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember (October 12-13, 2013), Josh helped connect the Memorial Fund with his friends from Wegmans. With Josh’s help, the Ride & Run to Remember received in-kind support from Wegmans, which included a number of items for participants to grab at pit stops along the course. 

The Memorial Fund is honored to have Josh as an Ambassador. He is always ready and willing to help support the Memorial Fund’s worthy cause in any way he can. And for that, all of us at the Memorial Fund are very grateful. 

To learn more about becoming a Law Enforcement Guardian or Ambassador, contact John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or jshanks@nleomf.org.

The Newark Police Memorial Walk & 5K Run Supports the NLEOMF

The Newark Police Memorial Walk & 5K Run was created to honor the memory of Chief William Nefosky, a Newark (DE) police officer who died after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2007.

In 2012 two other people close to The Newark Police lost their battle with Pancreatic Cancer, Peter Letang and Chris Massaferi. The Newark Police Memorial Run teamed with the family of Peter and Chris this year to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.

This year there were two events, a 5K run and walk on April 19, 2013 at the Newark Reservoir and a Guest Bartender night at Catherine Rooney's in Wilmington (DE) on May 16, 2013.

The proceeds for this years event were donated in the names of Peter Letang and Chris Massaferi to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the State of Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Compassionate Care Hospice, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). 

With the money raised from the event, the event organizers purchased two Theater Seats for the National Law Enforcement Museum – one in honor of Chief William Nefosky and the other for the Newark Police FOP Lodge 4.

Corporal Micolucci, Craig Floyd- Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO,
Corporal Mease, and Sharon Bruen at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chairman's Award Presented to DuPont Vice President Bill Weber

On Wednesday, October 23rd, Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund, presented a Chairman's Award to Bill Weber, Vice President–Protection Technologies at DuPont. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund “Chairman’s Award” is presented to a deserving individual or organization that has assisted the Memorial Fund in its work to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers, and has positively impacted the law enforcement profession.

Mr. Weber sits on the Memorial Fund's Board of Directors and has also been a leader on our Museum Leadership Council and Chair of the Museum's Marketing Subcommittee. DuPont was our top donor when we built the Memorial. The Memorial Fund has a longstanding partnership with DuPont when it comes to law enforcement safety (they make the bullet-resistant fiber, Kevlar, used in body armor).  DuPont is also the sponsor of the Museum's Changing Exhibition.

Thank you to Bill Weber and the DuPont team for all that they have done and continue to do for the Memorial Fund!

Bill Weber and Craig Floyd

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

This Year's Ride & Run to Remember Was a Great Success!


I hope you had a great time at our Ride & Run to Remember on October 12 and 13. It was an amazing event and we are so happy that you joined us!

The Ride & Run to Remember raised $320,094 this year, thanks in large part to all the emails, social media posts, conversations, and our participants' personal generosity.

We never imagined this year's event could be so successful and it wouldn't have been possible without you. Many of you put in a lot of time and money, and every cent you raised will go toward the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's important mission of honoring our nation's fallen officers.

Make sure to Like our Facebook page to follow updates, view full photo albums from the event as they are posted, and learn other news about the Ride & Run to Remember. We've already posted the photos from the Ride and the Run

It was so great to meet all of you who were able to join us in person. Thank you again and we hope you plan to participate next year.

Kaia Greene
Director of Special Events
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund



Monday, September 30, 2013

Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Keith Kmieciak

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.


The Police Interceptor when it was
first purchased
With two sons and a son-in-law in law enforcement, Keith Kmieciak understands the sacrifice and responsibilities involved in the profession.

The Interceptor after its makeover
Back in March of this year, Keith was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. As a form of therapy and to keep his mind off his diagnosis, Keith and his wife Sue purchased a stripped 2004 Ford Police Interceptor to turn into a memorial vehicle for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

A 42-inch screen in the trunk
Keith and Sue worked on the car each day, installing special features like a 42-inch screen in the trunk with an electronic hydraulic lift to raise it. Keith uses the screen to play the film, Heroes Behind The Badge, to raise further awareness for our cause. The vehicle made its public debut at the Fourth of July parade in South Elgin, IL.

On Saturday, August 31, Keith—whose last scan showed he is cancer-free—displayed the vehicle at the seventh annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show at the Martin Family Farm in Elburn. He took home the first place prize for the emergency vehicle category.

A special thank you to Keith and Sue for their support of the Memorial Fund!

Keith and his wife Sue with the Ford Interceptor

Keith with the Ford Interceptor

Friday, September 27, 2013

VALOR Program Releases Mid-Year 2013 Officer Training Recommendations

Based on the fatalities information in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's 2013 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, the VALOR program formulated the following training recommendations for officers. These recommendations are intended to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure officer resilience and survivability during violent encounters.

Learn more and sign up for free officer safety trainings at http://ValorForBlue.org.

Finding 1.
Handguns remain the primary weapon used to kill law enforcement officers in the United States.


Recommendation 1.
Close quarter handgun retention training and short distance handgun firing practice are vital to officer survival on the streets. Officers should not merely fulfill their mandatory training obligations but also take time to practice these potentially life-saving skills on a regular basis.
Finding 2.
Job-related illness such as heart attacks quintupled in the first half of 2013 compared to the previous year.

Recommendation 2.
Departments with wellness programs should encourage officers to actively participate and, for those agencies without formal programs, local leadership should promote a healthy style of living, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine.
Finding 3.
Fridays are the deadliest day of the week for officers so far in 2013.



Recommendation 3.
Although most citizens look forward to Fridays and the start of their weekend, they can prove to be just as deadly as any other day for law enforcement officers. Supervisors should urge officers to be extra vigilant as they begin their weekend of policing.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Red Sox Law Enforcement Appreciation Night


This past Thursday was a great night in Boston for law enforcement and Red Sox fans! The Red Sox hosted their second annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, where they put on a spectacular tribute to law enforcement. The on-field tribute occurred right before the National Anthem.

During the on field tribute, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd, former Officers of the Month and many law enforcement involved in the Boston Marathon bombings lined up on the first base line and introduced individually—they even invited the officers’ families down on the field.

In attendance was the Memorial Fund’s November 2012 Officer of the Month, Trooper Douglas Cropper of the Maine State Police, who on saved countless motorists on Route 295 in Portland, Maine, from an individual who was operating a motor vehicle in the wrong direction. Also in attendance was the Memorial Fund’s January 2013 Officer of the Month, Officer Charles Law, of the Stratham (NH) Police Department, who dragged several wounded officers to safety as a result of a gun battle involving a drug dealer in Greenland, NH.

From the Watertown (MA) Police Department: Sergeant John C. MacLellan, Officer Joseph B. Reynolds, Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese, Officer Timothy B. Menton, and Officer Miguel A. Colon, who were all involved in the apprehension of the second Boston Marathon bombing terrorist after a lengthy standoff and gun battle in Watertown. These five Watertown officers were also joined by Chief Edward Deveau, who honored his officers on the field.

Joining them were four Youth Violence Task Force members from the Boston (MA) Police Department who were also involved in the apprehension of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect in Watertown. They are: Officer Miles Lawton, Officer Gregory McCormack, Officer Gregory Eunis, and Officer Terrique Chambers.

Also in attendance was Massachusetts State Trooper Christopher Dumont, who was significantly involved in the Watertown incident involving the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Representing the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Bill Hampstead, Director of Outreach, Chris Shoppmeyer, Vice President of Agency Affairs, Jenna Surwillo, Chapter Officer for the FLEOA Boston Chapter, and Frank Depippo, Chapter President of the FLEOA New Hampshire chapter.

From the Boston (MA) Police Department, Superintendent William Gross and from the Massachusetts State Police, Trooper Kati Downey was in attendance.

After the introduction of the law enforcement officers, there was heartfelt standing ovation from the crowd! Then the Boston (MA) Police Department and Massachusetts Environmental Police Honor Guards presented the colors.

By the end of the night, the Red Sox had triumphed over the Orioles with a score of 3-1. What a great night for Law Enforcement and their friends, family and supporters!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering the Law Enforcement Heroes Lost on 9-11


Today, at an intimate gathering held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, Memorial Fund staff and friends were joined by US Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers and Amtrak Police Chief Polly Hanson, to honor the 72 peace officers killed tragically on September 11, 2001, the deadliest day in law enforcement history.

Memorial Fund Chief Operating Officer Herbert Giobbi welcomed guests and shared poignant remarks about that tragic day 12 years ago, followed by a reading of the 72 names by Memorial Fund staff members.

"It is hard to believe that this year marks the 12-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. With the passage of time, the horrific events of 9/11 seem to have faded a bit from our collective consciousness,” said Mr. Giobbi. “But the service and sacrifice of the 72 courageous law enforcement heroes who laid down their own lives that day for the safety and protection of others will always be remembered thanks to ceremonies like this and monuments like the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”

Here are two articles that reflect on the tragic events of 9/11, written by Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. These articles were published in American Police Beat Magazine, one month after the attacks, and one year later, respectively:

Reflections from "Ground Zero," October 1, 2001
9/11: A Year Later, August 27, 2002

Friday, September 6, 2013

Clear Channel Outdoor creates moving tribute to fallen Maryland Officer

On August 28, 2013, Baltimore County (MD) Police Officer Schneider was killed while serving a warrant. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Maryland in 2013.

Recently, our friends at Clear Channel Outdoor decided to create a special tribute for Officer Schneider. They created a billboard in Baltimore that displayed Officer Schneider’s name beside a Baltimore County Police Badge covered with a mourning band.

This tribute from Clear Channel Outdoor was a wonderful show of support for Officer Schneider’s family, and all members of the Baltimore County Police Department, and all of the passersby who see it serving as an important reminder of the sacrifices that our peace officers make for us each and every day in the name of public safety!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Our Law Enforcement Family

Did you know that our nation’s law enforcement family comprises more than 16 million people?

There are currently 18,000 agencies that represent over 900,000 active officers patrolling our streets and keeping us safe. To put that in perspective, when you look at the current U.S. population of 319 million people, there is only one law enforcement officer for every 350 civilians!

Fortunately, to support those officers, there are 1.6 million civilians whose efforts are vital to assisting officers. These include dispatchers, equipment managers, information technology specialists, and many more. In addition to our active officers, there are over three million retired officers in the U.S.

If you factor in the families of our current and retired law enforcement officers, as well as the families of the civilians who provide officer support, that number reaches more than 16 million people.



We hope that each and every member of the law enforcement family will have the opportunity to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum when it opens in 2015.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: 2013 Ride & Run to Remember Participants

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.

Throughout the year our Ambassador & Guardian volunteers support our mission to honor law enforcement in many ways. One way is by participating in the annual Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember.

The Ride & Run to Remember (October 12-13, 2013) is a fun, community-oriented athletic event designed to honor the contribution and sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day, and encourage community support for the Memorial. So far some Ambassadors & Guardians who will be participating this year include Kevin Whalen, Adam Tager, and actor and Memorial Fund supporter, Vince D’Onofrio.

Kevin Whalen will be participating in the 55-mile bike ride starting and finishing at National Harbor on Saturday, October 12. Kevin will be riding with his colleagues and friends with the FLEOA DC Chapter# 9 Team.

Adam Tager will be participating in the 5K run that starts and finishes at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Sunday, October 13. Adam is the team captain of the LEO Supporters Team.

Vince D’Onofrio is participating virtually this year with the Arrested Development Team.

Thanks to these Ambassadors & Guardians for their support. Even if you can’t join us in Washington, DC for the event, we encourage you to register as a Virtual Participant and ride or run in your hometown. Ask your neighbors, friends, and colleagues to join you for a bike ride or a 5K. Virtual participation allows you to create your own course and have some fun—all to raise support for a great cause.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In Memory of Donald J. Guilfoil

The idea for a national memorial honoring America's fallen police officers was actually first proposed in 1972 by Donald J. Guilfoil, a detective with the Suffolk County (NY) Police Department. It was Detective Guilfoil and the Suffolk County PBA who got the initial federal legislation introduced to establish the Memorial. But it was not until 1984, with the formation of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, that the idea started to become a reality.

Yesterday, former Detective Guilfoil passed away. In honor of his passing, the flags at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be flown at half staff tomorrow.  We will always remember him as an instrumental leader is building the Memorial as a lasting tribute for our nation’s fallen heroes.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cleveland Indians Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

On Thursday August 8th, the Cleveland Indians hosted their 2nd Law Enforcement Appreciation night benefiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Before the Indians took to the field against the Detroit Tigers, Memorial Fund friends and supporters gathered as the Cleveland Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors.

Cleveland Police Department Honor Guard

Sheriff Matt Lutz
Sheriff Matt Lutz of the Muskingum County (OH) Sheriff’s Office, the Memorial Fund's January 2012 Officer of the Month Award recipient  was on hand and recognized at home plate for the work that he and his deputies did in protecting the citizens of Muskingum County, OH from the release of 56 exotic animals in October of 2011. Detective Tom Armelli threw out the opening pitch on behalf of the Cleveland Police Museum and Historical Society.

The Cleveland Indians put on a great event that recognized the fallen officers from the Willoughby (OH) Police Department, Cleveland (OH) Police Department and Akron (OH) Police Departments while also highlighting the important work law enforcement does every day to keep us all safe. More than 272 tickets were sold for the game, raising more than $1,300 for the Memorial Fund.

Special thanks to Law Enforcement Ambassador Brent Clark for his hard work getting the word out about the game and working with the Cleveland Indians to honor public safety.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

FBI National Academy Class Honors Fallen at the Memorial

Yesterday, a group of law enforcement leaders studying at the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen officers.

The group's ceremony began with a presentation of the colors. Following remarks from NLEOMF’s John Shanks, there was a ceremonial wreath-laying. At which time, there was a reading of the names of the FBI’s fallen officers by members of the National Academy class.

Earlier this year, the FBI tragically lost two officers—Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw—in an accident during a hostage rescue training.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Gary Jones

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.


Earlier this month, Law Enforcement Ambassador Gary Jones partnered with his local Books-A-Million in Tallahassee, to hold a special all-day book fair in support of the Memorial Fund. Gary—who was a police officer in Florida for over 36 years and retired as a captain with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1993—has written a number of non-fiction books based on cases in Florida. His love of law enforcement, volunteer work, books, and education came together to inspire the idea of a book fair. Gary reached out to the store manager and began planning the event—as a way to honor the memory of Officer Ponce de Leon, who was killed in the line of duty 25 years ago, and to support the Memorial and the law enforcement profession. 

The Tallahassee Books-A-Million designated July 8th as Officer Ponce de Leon Day at their store. Throughout the day, when a customer showed the cashier a special voucher, the store donated a portion of book sale proceeds to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A table near the store's main entrance offered visitors some materials and information about the Memorial and the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum. 

It turned out to be a great event that not only raised awareness about the Memorial Fund, but drew attention to the important efforts of law enforcement officers—like Officer Ponce de Leon—in Florida and across the country.

Ambassador Gary Jones also holds book signings during National Police Week in the Memorial’s Visitors Center & Store, and donates a portion of his personal book sales to the Memorial Fund. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd speaks at Broward County (FL) Memorial Service

On Wednesday, July 24th, Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd spoke at the Broward County (FL) Sherriff's Officer during a poignant service honoring three of their officers.

The stories of three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies who were killed in the line of duty will be included in a video tribute at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The three tributes were paid for by American Maritime Officers and by American Maritime Officers Service. They were shown during a presentation at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, after which relatives of BSO deputies Patrick Kelly Behan, Brian Keith Tephford and Paul Rein received a copy of the video.

Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd
speaking during the memorial service
Each video tribute is about five minutes long and will be housed in the National Law Enforcement Museum, accessible online and in person when the museum’s doors open in 2016.

 For more information on the Memorial Fund's Recorded Memorial Tribute program, visit our website.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Senate and House Honor the Sacrifice of Two Fallen Capitol Police Officers

Source: Office of the Speaker of the House
On July 24, the Leaders of the House and Senate gathered with the families of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson for a wreath-laying ceremony. Chestnut and Gibson were slain on July 24, 1998 while defending the Capitol from a gunman who entered through the Document Door entrance.

By an act of Congress in 1998, the Document Door was renamed the Chestnut-Gibson Memorial Door. Every year, the sacrifice of these law enforcement officers is honored with a ceremony and a moment of silence.

Detective Gibson was a Capitol Police officer assigned to Congressman Tom DeLay’s protection detail. Officer Chestnut was a Capitol Police officer who was on duty at the Document Door entrance. Both officers lay in honor in the Capitol rotunda—Chestnut was the first African American to receive that honor—and are now buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Both officers’ names are also engraved on the Memorial wall.

Thank you, Detective Gibson and Officer Chestnut, for your ultimate sacrifice.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ambush Attacks Were the Leading Cause of Firearms-Related Law Enforcement Deaths in the First Half of 2013

According to preliminary data, gathered as part of our 2013 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, 17 of the 51 law enforcement fatalities recorded nationwide in the first half of 2013 were firearms-related—making it the second leading cause of death so far this year. And, even more disturbingly, the leading cause of these firearms-related fatalities was ambush-style assaults, with seven officers killed at the hands in those circumstances. This is the second year in a row in which ambushes were the leading cause of deaths, a trend that we cannot afford to ignore.

Circumstances of Fatal Shootings: Mid-year 2013

The VALOR program was created to respond to this precipitous increase in ambush-style assaults that have taken the lives of many law enforcement officers, providing critical nationwide training and technical assistance to sworn state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. VALOR, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, offers free trainings to help agencies adequately prepare officers for the threats they face while on duty.

Keep an eye out for upcoming VALOR trainings near you by keeping up with our announcements on Facebook and checking the VALOR website. There are currently upcoming trainings in Minnesota and Massachusetts.

A Tribute to Dennis Farina

By Craig Floyd, Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO


Dennis Farina
Image by David Shankbone
via Wikimedia Commons
The Memorial Fund has lost a great friend. Dennis Farina, the long-time real-life Chicago cop turned famous film and television actor, died yesterday at the age of 69. Law enforcement and the entertainment industry have lost one of their finest.

I will always be grateful for the strong and important support that Dennis provided our organization as National Celebrity Chairman when we were building the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. He was always there whenever we needed him and he could not have been more gracious. He participated in press conferences during the early days of the Memorial campaign, and he later attended the Memorial dedication in 1991 and the Memorial’s 10-year anniversary gala in 2001.

I ran into him a few years ago at the Friars’ Club in New York City and it was like reuniting with an old friend. Our condolences go out to his family and especially to his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill, who joined Dennis at many of our events. Dennis will be missed, but not forgotten by us here at the Memorial Fund.

Craig W. Floyd
Chairman and CEO
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Law Enforcement Career Explorers Visit the Memorial

Today, a group of 30 Law Enforcement Career Explorers and 5 advisors, managed by the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to learn more about the ultimate sacrifice paid by Law Enforcement Officers, including 29 Secret Service agents, around the nation.

Retired Newport MN Police Chief
Veid Muiznieks 
The group's brief ceremony was led by Retired Newport Minnesota Police Chief Veid Muiznieks. Chief Muiznieks is a senior advisor with the Law Enforcement Career Explorers and has overseen 390 explorers during his tenure with the organization. During the ceremony, Chief Muiznieks told the story of the first Secret Service agent that died in the line of duty, Operative William Craig. Operative Craig was struck and killed by a trolley car in 1902 while protecting President Theodore Roosevelt in Lenox, Massachusetts. His name can be located on the National Memorial on panel 16E. The Explorers then placed a wreath at that panel to honor Operative Craig.

Law Enforcement Career Exploring is a career orientation and experience program for young people contemplating a career in the field of criminal justice. It's mission is to offer young adults, ages 14-21, interested in a career in law enforcement a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experience and other activities. Agencies from federal, state, and local levels coordinate the Law Enforcement Exploring programs throughout the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local police departments, including Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, and State Police. In addition, many federal agencies offer their support.

The USSS Explorer group comes to the memorial every other year.


USSS Law Enforcement Explorers Group

Monday, July 15, 2013

Memorial Fund 2013 Mid-year Fatality Report Featured in National News Outlets

Last Thursday, July 11, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in conjunction with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) released our 2013 Mid-Year Fatality Report. According to preliminary data, 51 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2013. This is a nine percent increase over the same period in 2012.

Officer.com's article "NLEOMF: Work Left to be Done in Preventing LODDs" posted last Friday assisted with further expanding on the findings of the Mid-Year fatality report. In addition to an in depth examination of the report's data, Officer.com posted a podcast featuring the Memorial Fund's Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd speaking with Officer.com Associate Editor Paul Peluso about the data from the report as well as what is being done to prevent on-duty deaths and enhance the safety of officers.

Download and listen to the Podcast Here » - Source Officer.com

The Memorial Fund's 2013 Mid-Year Fatality Report was also featured by WUSA9, KUAR and WSB Radioamong others. You can find the 2013 Mid-Year Fatality report and read it for yourself here, and you can also view an interactive state map and further information here.

  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Law Enforcement Explorers Visit the Memorial

The Law Enforcement Explorer Leadership Academy, hosted by the U.S. Marshals Service, visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this week as part of their summer session in Washington, DC. Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd met with the Explorers and shared powerful stories about some of the officers, namely U.S. Marshals, whose names are inscribed on the Memorial walls.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a career orientation and experience program for young people (ages 14-21) contemplating a career in the field of criminal justice. Its mission is to offer young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, and other activities.

The National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies are biennial events, hosted by federal law enforcement agencies, which provide select Explorers with the opportunity to learn the dynamics of leadership and other skills. Information about Law Enforcement Exploring can be found on their website

Friday, June 28, 2013

Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Elmore County (AL) Deputy Davis Burnett

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.

We are always looking for new and unique ideas to inspire volunteers and support throughout the country. One of our newest Ambassadors—Deputy Davis Burnett, from the Elmore County (AL) Sheriff’s Office—found one such idea by contacting his local gym and coordinating a workout competition, which helped to raise just over $2,000 for the Memorial. 

Davis reached out to Jake and Mandy Baker who own Cross Fit Intrigue, a local gym in Wetumpka, Alabama.  Jake happens to be a local fulltime firefighter with Montgomery Fire/Rescue. Together they came up with a workout competition that included completion of at least 45 push presses, 20” box jumps, and a couple pull-ups.  Around 80 participated in four divisions, which included Rx Male, Rx Female, Scaled Male, and Scaled Female. The event was intense, action-packed, and fun for all. 

With each participant paying a $25 registration fee, Davis not only helped raise funds and awareness in his community for the Memorial Fund, but has inspired Jake and Mandy Baker to coordinate other future events. 


Thank you to Deputy Davis Burnett for his great idea and to Jake and Mandy Baker for their support!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Iron Warriors Visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Today, members of the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club gathered from all over the country at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to pay their respects to their fallen coworkers and friends.

The Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club (IWMC), is a non-profit organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers and firefighters who are dedicated to providing assistance and support to their communities, departments, families and members. Originally named the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club (WPMC), the IWMC began in 1987 in the San Jose, California area, by police officers who owned Harley Davidson motorcycles, and who loved to ride with like-minded people.

Included in today's event was an invocation, the presentation of colors by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard, a musical tribute, brief remarks by Memorial Fund Chief Operating Officer Herbert Giobbi, and remarks from two of the IWMC chapter Presidents. The remarks were followed by a wreath laying at the memorial.

Friday, June 14, 2013

New York Mets Law Enforcement Appreciation Night


Wednesday Night was a great night for baseball—and for honoring law enforcement—in New York!

Over 23,000 fans poured into Citi Field on Wednesday, June 12 to see the New York Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2nd annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night with the Mets. The Mets triumphed with an amazing 5-1 victory, while also dedicating the night to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement. Commissioner Ray Kelly was in attendance, along with more than 150 law enforcement officers and supporters there to celebrate our peace officers and recognize their important work.

During the pre-game activities, Memorial Fund Officers of the Month for June 2012—Detective Michael Pellegrino, Officer Jeffrey Caldwell, and Officer Frederick Dow of the Ewing (NJ) Police Department—stepped onto the field to be honored for their life saving efforts. Also honored was one of our biggest supporters and Officer of the Month Award sponsor, the Police Unity Tour.



A special thank you to our Law Enforcement Ambassadors Chris Shoppmeyer, Erin Shoppmeyer, and Brent Clark for coordinating the event and assisting with outreach to local agencies. Thank you also to the Police Unity Tour, all the law enforcement agencies, and supporters who helped us get the word out about this event. We look forward to another great event with the Mets next year.