Friday, July 25, 2014

US Mint Unveils Marshals Museum Coin Designs to benefit Memorial Fund

This past Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton and U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard Peterson unveiled the designs of the three commemorative coins that will be sold next year to raise money for a planned $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum in western Arkansas.

The coins honor the contribution of the US Marshals Service and will begin selling in January, ahead of the planned 2017 opening of the new museum. Proceeds from the coins will benefit the museum, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and several other charities.

The U.S. Mint will produce up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, a half-million $1 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins.

The $5 coin memorializes marshals who have died in the line of service. The $1 coin honors the agency's frontier history, with the back of the coin showing a U.S. Marshal with a poster that says "Wanted in Ft. Smith." The half-dollar coin focuses on the agency's diverse missions and features depictions of current and past U.S. Marshals.

Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd was in attendance at the event.


Left to right: Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation president Johnathan Adler and Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd attend coin unveiling event.

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!