Monday, December 22, 2014

Ambassador & Guardian Profile: Connecticut Memorial 5K – Guardian Lisa Pudlo

Lisa Pudlo and her fiancé Brian Barao
from the Glastonbury (CT) Police Department
Throughout the year there are many exciting and unique opportunities that Memorial Fund volunteers participate in and organize, such as the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial 5K.

In 2010, while an undergraduate in criminal justice, Guardian Lisa Pudlo sensed a need among her law enforcement friends for an annual event that engages her community to remember the sacrifice of fallen officers. Lisa wanted to strengthen a  sense of comradery with Connecticut law enforcement officers and decided to organize a 5K run. She created the annual Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial 5K held at the end of October or beginning of November. The event has grown over the last four years to include more than 500 registered participants and raise more than $39,000.

Lisa selected the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as the sole benefactor of the event, which has grown to include not only individual participants but police academy classes. Each year surpasses the prior year’s success and it fills the need in the local community. Lisa is now a doctoral candidate in criminal justice at Northeastern University researching law enforcement policy.

On behalf of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, we thank Lisa Pudlo for her passion and steadfast support. If you’re interested in learning more about how Lisa organizes her 5K each year, she welcomes emails (lisa.pudlo@gmail.com).

Friday, December 5, 2014

Detroit Red Wings host 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Left to Right: Lieutenant Timothy Jungel,
Deputy Brian Matthews, and Investigator Phillip Seguin
On Thursday, December 4th the Detroit Red Wings teamed up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host their 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night to honor the service and sacrifice of Michigan’s law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and their families. A sell out crowd of 20,027 packed the Joe Louis Arena. This was an exciting game as the Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars with a score of 5-2.

The Michigan State University Police Department
Honor Guard
During a special pre-game ceremony, the Red Wings celebrated the 225th anniversary of the United States Customs Service, the oldest agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Michigan State University Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors during the national anthem. Also during the pre-game ceremony, three officers from Michigan who received the 2014 National Law Enforcement Officers of the Month Award for their heroic actions and dedication to their communities were recognized. The officers are Lieutenant Timothy Jungel of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office (February), Investigator Phillip Seguin of the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office (April), and Deputy Brian Matthews of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (June). These officers will be honored at a special luncheon in May during the 2015 National Police Week in Washington, D.C.

Each ticket package included a commemorative Red Wings/NLEOMF branded Law Enforcement Pint Glass and the first 10,000 fans in attendance received a Pavel Datsyuk holiday ornament. A special thanks to Brent Clark, Jamie Clark, Dan Foley, Bill Hampstead, and the Detroit Red Wings Security Staff for their assistance in organizing another great event.