Team New England and Law Enforcement United arrived yesterday in Washington DC, 400 riders strong for a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial right on the National Basin. There, checks for the fundraising efforts of Law Enforcement United were presented to Concerns of Police Survivors and Officer Down Memorial Page. This year the fundraising reached a record level of $80,000 to ODMP and $150,000 to COPS.
Today the riders from Team New England will be meeting with survivors then this evening at the NLEOM the Candle Light Vigil will be held and the names of the officers added to the memorial will be read.
I attached the photo by Officer Chris Davis who rode in honor of Chief Maloney. Chris placed a Greenland PD patch next to Chief Maloney's name.
On Patriots Day, Boston and the world was attacked by cowards. In the quest for justice, 2 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers were victims, Officer Donahue and Officer Collier (EOW 4/18/13). The world mourned with us and have held us up in our time of sorrow. Please remember all the injured and the killed in those cowardly attacks.
It was one year ago today that Greenland NH Police Chief Michael Maloney (EOW 4/12/12) participated in a warrant service with members of the regional drug task force and was shot and killed by the suspect. 2012 was a violent year for New England Law Enforcement and Chief Maloney's death was very close to home for Team New England. While preparing for the 2011 Metric Century which passes through Greenland, I spoke with Chief Maloney about the ride. Also friends and professional colleagues of members of Team New England were on the warrant entry that terrible afternoon one year ago.
Today, please remember not only Chief Maloney, but remember all law enforcement officers, because each day they risk all to protect our communities. As members of the Greenland NH PD and community remember and honor Chief Maloney, preparations are being made. Team New England is training and making the final logistical plans for the 2013 Road To Hope LEU ride, the NLEOMF is preparing to engrave the names of the 2012 fallen on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC, Team New England is planing the 2013 Metric Century Ride for June 30th, and officers are putting their lives on the line as they do day in and day out.
If you are anywhere near Greenland NH today, please join with the community in remembering Chief Maloney at the Greenland NH Police Department.
I want to thank everyone for coming out and riding. The day was a success and would not have been with out each and everyone of you! I am very happy to announce that no one got lost this year and everyone that joined us had a great time at the Amesbury Ale House for the post ride social. Your participation in the ride enables Team New England to ride in the 2013 Road to Hope and honor the fallen while supporting COPS and ODMP. I want to remind all the riders to look on ODMP for information on the fallen officer you rode in honor of. If you did not get one yet, we still have shirts from the ride left, sizes Large to 2XL for $10 each. Thanks again
The 2nd Annual Team New England/LEU Metric Century is Fast Approaching, but more Importantly..........
The ride is coming quick, but I would like to remind you of why we are riding and why we need your help. Officer Jose Torres of the Westfield PD was working a construction detail and was killed by a dump truck. Officer Torres leaves behind a wife and 2 children. It is for those that are left behind when Officer Torres died, that we ride the Road to Hope.
Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments on Lawton Street shortly before 1:00 pm.
A woman had called 911 to report her boyfriend, for whom a restraining order had just been issued, was at her apartment complex and that she was in fear of her life. When Officer Ambrose arrived he encountered the two outside and spoke to them. The restraining ordered allowed the male to retrieve belongings from the apartment, so Officer Ambrose escorted both subjects to the third floor unit. When they opened the apartment door the male subject suddenly turned violent, pushed the woman into the apartment, and slammed the door.
As Officer Ambrose attempted to push the door open to get into the apartment the man fired a handgun through it, striking Officer Ambrose. The subject then opened the door, shot him again, and then shot the woman, wounding her. He then fled to his car where he committed suicide.
Other officers responding to the initial call located Officer Ambrose and the wounded woman and immediately began CPR. Both were transported to a local hospital where Officer Ambrose succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Ambrose had served with the Springfield Police Department for 36 years and had previously served as a police cadet for two years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one granddaughter.
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21286-police-officer-kevin-ambrose#ixzz1x3RdeOlw
On this National Police Officer Memorial Day, as we pause to remember our fallen brother and sisters, I wanted to share this photo of Law Enforcement United in front of the White House. Today President Obama will address the official Police Memorial Day Ceremony on the West Lawn of the US Capital. Please place flags at half mast today and all officers display a mourning band on your badges.
Congratulations to Team New England riders, Matt, Chris, Ben, and Maureen for completing this years ride and the the first year on the route from Pennsylvania to DC! I know it is great to be back finishing in the nations capital, but we can not forget the honor and support of finishing at the Pentegon 911 Memorial, thank you Chief Keevill and the Pentagon Police.
Ben, Chris, and Matt left on Monday and traveled south to Pennsylvania to meet Maureen. They will be riding the 2012 road to hope ride. This year will be the first year that LEU will have a route from PA in addition to the Virginia route. While they are preparing to ride tomorrow with 40 other officers and survivors to meet up with the 250 other officers and survivors in on Saturday in Washington DC across from the White House on the Ellipse, let us remember the officers from New England who have fallen this year:
Detective Andrew F. Faggio (EOW 1/11/12) New Haven PD, CT
Deputy Ryan Tvelia (EOW 4/10/12) Norfolk Co. SD, MA
Chief Michael Maloney (EOW 4/12/12) Greenland PD, NH
Sergeant Maxwell Dorley (EOW 4/19/12), Providence PD, RI
Today the membership of LEW received an e-mail from Law Enforcement United Staff regarding the line of duty death of one of our own.
Senior Police Officer Tim Schock died during a training dive in the lake at Oak Grove Lake Park.
He and other members of the Chesapeake Police Department's dive team were conducting the dive when he experienced trouble breathing. His dive partner attempted to give him his own respirator as they surfaced, but Officer Schock submerged again. Other officers on scene immediately retrieved him and started CPR on shore. He was transported to Chesapeake General Hospital where he passed away.
Officer Schock was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and active member of Law Enforcement United. He is survived by one child, fiancee, and parents.
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21063-senior-police-officer-timothy-schock#ixzz1h8JPDn1v
Law Enforcement United begins the Virginia Ride each year in Chesapeake, VA.
As of 12/20/11, Officer Deaths from Gunfire are Up 11%
As of 12/20/11, Line of Duty Deaths for 2011 are at 155, of those, eleven are from December alone. Though Auto related deaths are down this year, death from gunfire is up, as are felonious assaults on law enforcement officers.
As we enter the Holiday Season, let us not forget those who will be without the ones they love due to line of duty death. The efforts of Law Enforcement United, Officer Down Memorial Page, and Concerns of Police Survivors increase this time of year, as the needs of survivors are great during this season. This time of year COPS Christmas parties are being held by the various chapters to bring a bit of joy to the children who lost a parent in the line of duty. Financial support is given to COPS by LEU. Please think of the survivors this holiday season and make a holiday donation to LEU so that we may continue our support of COPS and ODMP.
Update 12/21/11 11:08 am: 3 more officers have fallen. 2 from gunfire, 1 from drowning.