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August 2010: eNewsletter

Far too Common a Tragedy: Officers Struck and Killed

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Ambroise

Trooper Patrick Ambroise

At about 8:30 PM on May 15, 2010 – Peace Officers Memorial Day – Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Ambroise was sitting in his police cruiser monitoring traffic on the Florida Turnpike. That’s when a black Lexus veered onto the shoulder and slammed into Trooper Ambroise’s vehicle, killing the four-year law enforcement veteran, who left behind a wife and two young daughters.

In addition to the traditional salutes to a fallen hero, law enforcement officers in south Florida came up with a novel way to honor Trooper Ambroise – and try and prevent similar tragedies in the future. Eighty officers from 21 different agencies hit the streets to target motorists breaking the law, with a particular focus on Florida’s “Move Over” law.

Records maintained by the Memorial Fund show that 1,229 U.S. law enforcement officers have been struck and killed on the nation’s roadways over the years. Another nine more officers died in these circumstances during the first six months of 2010, according to the NLEOMF’s mid-year report on law enforcement fatalities. Read more in American Police Beat’s In the Line of Duty column.

Footnote: The Memorial Fund’s Drive Safely Campaign provides drivers with common sense tips on how to protect law enforcement officers on our roadways. Learn more and sign the Drive Safely pledge.

Museum Groundbreaking Plans Moving Forward

That is when the Memorial Fund will formally break ground on the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC and construction on the 55,000 square foot, mostly underground museum begins. Supporters of law enforcement will have two opportunities that day to celebrate this milestone:

  • A Groundbreaking ceremony at 11 AM at the future site of the National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square.

  • A black-tie gala that evening at the National Building Museum, also adjacent to the Memorial.

The Memorial Fund encourages all friends and supporters to join us on October 14, 2010, and help write an important new chapter in the history of American law enforcement. Complete details can be found on our Groundbreaking website.

Footnote: Individual tickets for the Groundbreaking gala are now for sale online.

Hitting the Links – and the Books – at the 2010 Golf Classic
NLEOMF Golf Classic

It’s already the “world’s largest law enforcement golf event.” Now, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC, will offer a unique educational opportunity as well. From November 7-12, 2010, golfers – male or female, with or without a USGA handicap – will be able to enjoy some of the best courses in the Myrtle Beach area. And for the first time in the history of the 11-year event, non-golfers will be able to attend a two-day law enforcement seminar focusing on topics such as 21st century management, use of force and death scene investigations.

Golf is limited to the first 1,200 players who sign up, and 100 percent of the tournament proceeds are contributed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Over the past 10 years, the Golf Classic has raised $420,000 to support maintenance of the Memorial, the annual Candlelight Vigil, research and the campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.

Get details on the golf tournament and the law enforcement seminar and sign up today.

Officers Honored for Rescuing Fire Victim
Officers of the Month - July 2010
Officer Trent Ginn and Corporal Christopher Sturgeon

When fire broke out at a home in Topeka, KS, last November, Corporal Christopher Sturgeon, a seven-year veteran of the Topeka Police Department, was the first on the scene. Seeing the house engulfed in flames and hearing a female voice crying for help inside, Corporal Sturgeon sought and located an entry into the home from the back. Crawling on the floor, he located the woman who was unresponsive.

Nearly overwhelmed by the flames and smoke, Corporal Sturgeon grabbed the woman’s foot and dragged her toward the exit. After a short distance, he was forced to retreat outside for fresh air. Corporal Sturgeon repeated this process at least five times, moving the woman a little closer to safety each time. When Officer Trent Ginn, a three-year TPD veteran, arrived at the house, he immediately entered to help Corporal Sturgeon. He, too, faced intense heat and smoke, and was forced to retreat for fresh air a few times as well. In one last joint effort, Corporal Sturgeon pulled the woman to the rear door and Officer Ginn lifted her over his shoulder and ran out of the house to safety.

For their coordinated and selfless actions that evening, Corporal Sturgeon and Officer Ginn have been presented with the Memorial Fund’s prestigious Officer of the Month award.

Footnote: The Memorial Fund is always seeking nominations for Officer of the Month. Learn more and nominate an officer online


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