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Detroit Tigers and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Team Up for 5th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

May 19, 2016

Detroit, MI—On Monday, May 23, at 7:10 pm, the Philadelphia Phillies will take on the Detroit Tigers, as the Tigers and Major League Baseball partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Comerica Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction in Washington, DC.

Pre-game festivities begin at 5:30 pm, and will feature a display of area police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherell Street. A special helicopter flyover will feature the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk Helicopter. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Honor Guard will present the colors as Sarah Zietlow and Bridgette Gulock of the Michigan State University Police Department perform the National Anthem.

Also on this special night, the game’s opening ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Michigan State Police Trooper Chad Wolf, Michigan Department of Natural Resources First Lieutenant Arthur Green III and Detroit (MI) Police Department Sergeant Joseph Abdella, who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. These officers were recently honored and remembered during National Police Week in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2016. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by former Red Wings Defenseman, current Red Wings Assistant Coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, who is a proud supporter of area law enforcement.

Mentioned at the game will be the March 2016 Officer of the Month Award winners, Michigan State Troopers Rick Carlson and Jim Leonard and Otsego County (MI) Sheriff Deputy Justin Holzschu who saved the life of a young boy from a house fire in January 2015.

"We are excited to bring together Michigan law enforcement officers and the communities they serve to, once again, partner with the Detroit Tigers for the fifth consecutive year for this special evening. Each year the Detroit Tigers staff and ownership have gone above and beyond to support and honor law enforcement at these events” said Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Every 61 hours a law enforcement officer is killed in the United States. Coming together in the 'Motor City' in honor of Michigan law enforcement is a great way to raise awareness and reflect on the positive work officers perform to serve and protect citizens in Michigan and across the country."

The Detroit Tigers will donate $10 from each law enforcement ticket package sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. For more information and to purchase ticket packages, visit www.lawmemorial.org/sports or contact Detroit Tigers Representative Besty Bouillon at Betsy.Bouillon@tigers.com or by phone (313) 471-2230.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of 20,789 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund recently began construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts, and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org

Steve Groeninger
steve@nleomf.org
(202) 737-7135