Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recorded Memorial Tributes to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Presented

On Tuesday, January 27th, the Memorial Fund hosted a Recorded Memorial Tribute event honoring three fallen law enforcement professionals—FBI Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael Miller, and DC Metropolitan Police Department Sergeant Henry Daly.

On November 22, 1994, an ex-con was concerned that his fellow gang members thought he might be a snitch in a murder case. To prove them wrong, he walked into Metropolitan (DC) Police headquarters, took an elevator to the Cold Case Squad office, and without saying a word, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon. Special Agents Martinez and Miller were killed, along with MPD Sergeant Henry J. Daly. Special Agent John Kutcha was critically injured but survived.

Tuesday's event featured a screening of a recorded tribute to each of the officers. The surviving families of the officers were in attendance, along with distinguished guests FBI Director Jim Comey, DC MPD Assistant Chief Peter Newsham and Thomas Bethel, National President of the American Maritime Officers, the sponsor of the recorded tributes.

“I’m honored to be here this evening to pay tribute to three of our fallen heroes,” said Director Comey during his speech. “Three very different individuals with different life experiences and different personalities,” he said. “But they shared a common devotion and a common sense of duty.”

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