A proclamation issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 declared May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. In 1982, the Auxiliary initiated the first annual service to remember the line-of-duty deaths of those who serve the law enforcement profession. Approximately 125 people in attendance at Senate Park in Washington, D.C., listened as the keynote speaker, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Kenneth Starr, honored the memory of the 76 officers who lost their lives in the performance of their law enforcement duties.
On May 15 of every year, the Grand Lodge Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police, together with the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, memorializes officers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the previous year. Thousands of police officers, survivors, families and friends gather on the lawn of the United States Capitol to honor those fallen heroes.
Auxiliary committee members work year-round planning a service that will honor the memory of the fallen officers. As May approaches, many Auxiliary members from all parts of the country come together in Washington, D.C., to work tirelessly to assure that surviving family members will participate in a service of tribute to their loved ones.
For more information on current and past year services, please visit policeweek.org.
Contact: Julie Black, Chair, Auxiliary Memorial Committee
Article National Fraternal Order of Police
As posted by the site policeweek.org
"Washington, (March 10, 2021) - Host organizations of National Police Week, which include the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, the Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary (FOP), and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), have made the difficult but necessary decision, due to the ongoing pandemic, to postpone in-person events of National Police Week to October 13-17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The rescheduling of the originally planned events to be held May 11-16, 2021, is due to the inability to secure necessary permits in time for in-person gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions."
We will keep you up to date as we learn more information on the schedule of the ceremony held here in Arizona.
PHX Lodge 2
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.