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February 2011: eNewsletter

11 Officers Shot in 24 Hours, 12 Gunshot Fatalities in 2011

Stand with Thin Blue Line

Earlier in the month, CNN Screenshotthe Memorial Fund reported that beginning on Sunday, January 23, a tragic wave of violence against America’s law enforcement officers took place, with 11 officers shot within a 24 hour time frame.

In addition, gunfire fatalities have claimed the lives of 12 officers in 2011 – a 50% increase from a year ago today.

Please Stand with the Thin Blue Line and add your name to the growing list of individuals who are tired of the violence against America's law enforcement heroes.

Congratulations Officer Michael A. Riley, February 2011 Officer of the Month

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced the selection of Officer Michael A. Riley of the United States Capitol Police as its Officer of the Month for February 2011.

During a blizzard in early 2010, Officer of the Month February 2011Officer Michael Riley responded to an "officer down" radio medical alert. A trained EMT, Officer Riley found his colleague, Officer Bryan Nickelson, unconscious on the ground, bleeding from his head and nose. Officer Nickelson had collapsed from massive cardiac trauma and continued to struggle to breath and maintain a pulse.

Once at the hospital, Officer Nickelson required emergency quadruple bypass surgery and was kept heavily sedated for several weeks following the incident. Doctors have praised Officer Riley’s quick response and continuous CPR efforts in keeping Officer Nickerson alive and credit him with ensuring that Officer Nickelson suffered no brain damage, which is all too common in a massive cardiac trauma.

For his efforts that day, Officer Riley received the 2010 Officer of the Year award from the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club/National Exchange Club as well as a Lifesaving award from the United States Capitol Police. Officer Riley, a 14-year law enforcement veteran, continues to serve with the United States Capitol Police.

Will Always Remember

WINNER - WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER PHOTO TRIBUTE CONTEST Please enter the "WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER” photo tribute now, to win a trip to National Police Week 2011. The "WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER" campaign honors America's law enforcement officers.

The final date to submit a photo is March 13, 2011. Voting opens the next day and runs from March 14-31, 2011. The person whose photo receives the most votes wins a trip to Washington, DC for National Police Week 2011 to attend the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil. The trip includes one round-trip airfare to Washington, DC and lodging for two nights along with VIP seating at the Vigil.

Will always remember, joann lasater Last year’s winning photo featured Cody Lasater, son of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Police Officer Larry Lasater, who was killed by a robbery suspect in April 2005, before his son, Cody Lasater was born. Cody and his mother, Jo Ann, joined 20,000 other members of the law enforcement family on May 13, 2010 at the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil.

This year's winning photo will be announced on or around April 5, 2011 at You can view full contest rules here.

Calling all Authors, Become a part of "True Blue"

True Blue ThumbnailRandy Sutton, a retired Field Lieutenant with the Las Vegas (NV) Metropolitan Police Department with 34 years of police experience, invites local, federal, and state law enforcement officers to be a part of the fourth installment of his TRUE BLUE book series, "TRUE BLUE: Above and Beyond."

Active or former law enforcement officers are requested to write and submit their stories about officers killed or injured “in the line of duty” at or mail to 3540 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 6E #178, Las Vegas, NV 89102. A portion of the proceeds of “TRUE BLUE: Above and Beyond,” will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

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