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

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