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Baltimore City, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 Becomes Latest Major Donor to the National Law Enforcement Museum

Joins Growing List of FOP Lodges who support “A Matter of Honor”

October 26, 2010

Washington, DC,–The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is proud to announce that the Fraternal Order of Police, Baltimore City Lodge #3 is the newest major donor to the National Law Enforcement Museum.  FOP Lodge President Robert Cherry and Vice President Gene Ryan made the commitment at the Museum’s Groundbreaking Gala on October 14, 2010 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Along with over 700 law enforcement officers and supporters gathered to celebrate at the black-tie gala, FOP President Cherry joined John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations for the Memorial Fund, at a reception to formally sign a pledge donating $100,000 to the Museum’s capital campaign, “A Matter of Honor.” The Baltimore City FOP Lodge’s pledge marks the forty-seventh law enforcement organization to donate $100,000 or more to the Museum.

Ms. Martha Wood, surviving spouse of Baltimore City Police Pilot Barry Wood, joined President Cherry for the signing of the pledge.  On November 4, 1998, Officer Barry Wood died in the line of duty when his police helicopter crashed during a stolen vehicle chase. “I am so very proud of the Baltimore City FOP Lodge,” said Ms. Wood.  “I know that Barry would certainly approve of the support by the FOP; all FOP members should be proud to be a part of the Museum,” she said.

Later that evening, Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd greeted President Cherry and Vice President Ryan and shared his excitement for their commitment. “The Baltimore City FOP has demonstrated great leadership and vision with this incredible show of support for the Museum,” said Mr. Floyd.  “We could not be more honored to have the Baltimore City FOP as a Museum partner.”

The Baltimore City FOP becomes the tenth FOP Lodge to donate $100,000 or more to the Museum and the 80th Lodge to donate to the campaign.  “With this donation, 80 Fraternal Order of Police Lodges nationwide have collectively donated over $1,248,000,” said Mr. Shanks. “We could not be more proud of the leadership and support shown by FOP Lodges throughout the country; this is incredible.”

Joining Baltimore City FOP at the Groundbreaking ceremony and gala were representatives from other FOP Lodges that have also donated $100,000 or more to the Museum.  These included James Preston, Florida State FOP Lodge; Brian Soller, Arizona State FOP Lodge; and Nelson Cuba, Jacksonville, Florida FOP Lodge.

Authorized by Congress, the planned National Law Enforcement Museum will be a 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground museum located across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Memorial contains the names of 18,983 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

The Museum will serve as a natural complement to the Memorial, helping citizens better understand and appreciate the vital role that law enforcement officers play in keeping communities safe from crime and terror. It will tell the story of law enforcement in America through high-tech, interactive exhibits, including a use-of-force judgment simulator, historical and contemporary artifacts, oral histories and extensive research and educational programming for young people and adults.

The privately funded Museum has launched an $80 million capital campaign, with over $41 million raised to date, with strong support from the law enforcement community. The Museum is scheduled to open in late 2013.

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org

John Shanks   
(202) 737-8529 |  JShanks@nleomf.org