As you know, the National Fraternal Order of Police has sponsored the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and several events during the week including the Candlelight Vigil, since inception. Although the FOP has no ill will towards any of the other national organizations that participate in honoring our heroes, the planning and expense is courtesy of the Grand Lodge and Concerns Of Police Survivors (COPS). This year's event has been changed to a virtual one and the fallen who should be honored this year will have to wait until next years events and an online vigil will have to suffice in the meantime to keep everyone safe.
Message from the Grand Lodge:
The annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil will take place virtually this year due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. For over 30 years, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has held a Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have died in the line of duty. This year, the names of fallen U.S. law enforcement officers will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during a virtual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. ET.
The virtual broadcast will replace the traditional Candlelight Vigil ceremony held on the National Mall, which draws more than 30,000 first responders, surviving families, and law enforcement supporters annually. The 2020 ceremony will include special remarks by more than 50 guests including the Honorable Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives; Dermot Shea, New York Police Commissioner; Cerelyn J. Davis, National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; Patrick Yoes, National President, Fraternal Order of Police; Tom Selleck, Joe Mantegna and John Walsh, and the chief executives of some of the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations, all paying tribute to the fallen U.S. law enforcement officers.
The link for participation info is here: https://nleomf.org/programs-events/national-police-week/candlelight-vigil
PHOENIX – The Fraternal Order of Police conducted a day of fundraising for the family of a fallen Phoenix police officer.
We collected both money and diapers at FOP Lodge 2 — located at 12851 N. 19th Ave., at Sweetwater.
Officer Travis Murphy was gunned down in the line of duty in May, leaving behind a wife and two young children.
His widow is left behind to deal with both the loss of her husband and a significant loss of the family’s income.
“Our goal is to try and raise some money to kind of tide them over and help them out — and, not worry about the mortgage payment and things like that — until they can get back on their feet and live some kind of a normal life again,” said Phoenix Police Officer Dave Hopkins.
The FOP served breakfast, lunch and dinner for a $5 donation.
Murphy’s widow, Danielle, was among those at the pasta dinner that raised more than $38,000 to support the couple’s two young children, Kailee, 2, and infant Cody. The officer’s baby boy was born just two weeks before he was shot and killed during a suspicious-vehicle stop in central Phoenix. The lodge traditionally hosts fundraisers for officers killed or injured in the line of duty.