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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Detroit Tigers Team Up for 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

April 25, 2013

Detroit, MI—The 2012 American League Central Champions—Detroit Tigers—take on the Minnesota Twins, as they host the 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night starting at 7:05 pm Tuesday evening, April 30th, at Comerica Park in Detroit. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, and will help to raise awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, 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 Witherall Street. The Lansing Michigan Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors as Officer Darron McKinney of the Detroit Public Schools Police Department performs the National Anthem. Also on this special night, the opening ceremony of the game will be dedicated to Sergeant Patrick O’Rourke of the West Bloomfield Township (MI) Police Department, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence dispute on September 9, 2012. Sergeant O'Rourke had served with the West Bloomfield Township Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and three brothers.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with the Detroit Tigers”, said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together in the 'Motor City' for championship baseball—in honor of Michigan law enforcement officers—is sure to be a great evening, and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the Museum."

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton serve as chairs of the Museum’s National Honorary Campaign Committee, which also includes seven former attorneys general of the United States, as well as other former government officials and celebrities, including Honorary Chairman Clint Eastwood. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,981 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

John Shanks
jshanks@nleomf.org | 202.737.8529