Before the Detroit Tigers took on the Los Angeles Angels June 7th, members of the Law Enforcement community and families of those who have died in service took the field. The Tigers and Major League Baseball partnered with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Comerica Park. POAM was very honored to be part of this.
The Detroit Tigers donated $10 from each law enforcement ticket package sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
More than 1,400 police officers were in attendance.
Honoring Service & Sacrifice
The night was dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction in Washington, DC. Pre-game festivities featured a display of area police cars in front of Comerica Park.
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley spoke to law enforcement as we waited to go on to the field. Calley also threw out the first pitch, along with Detroit Police Department Chief of Police, James Craig.
“I know what you’ll find when you get out there is that people are on your side. I pray that you’ll really feel that tonight and that you’ll have some sense of what the sacrifice means to regular people that are out there living their lives every day. The only reason they can live that way is because we have law and order and [because of] those who put themselves between harms way and the rest of us. Thank you.” – Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
There will be a special helicopter flyover by the Michigan State Police and the United States Customs and Border Protection during the pregame ceremony.
The game’s opening ceremony was dedicated to honoring five Michigan police unions, as well as the 100 years of service by the Michigan State Police. The national anthem was performed by Deputy Steven Curtis of the Oakland County (MI) Sheriff’s Department. The night’s Honor Guard who presented the colors was from the West Bloomfield (MI) Police Department.
Also honored at the game were seven fallen officers from Michigan in 2016. These include:
- Branch County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Winter, killed in May
- Berrien County Court Officer Ronald Kienzle, killed in July
- Berrien County Court Security Supervisor Joseph Zangaro, killed in July
- Detroit Police Department Sergeant Kevin Miller, killed in June
- Sergeant Kenneth Steil, killed in September
- Officer Myron Jarrett, killed in October
- Wayne State University Police Sergeant Collin Rose, killed in November