BENEFITING: OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE
EVENT DATE: May 14, 2016
There have been 34 police officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. so far this year. Three of those deaths have occurred in the State of Maryland, a statistic unheard of in my lifetime and a loss that no state should have to bear. At a time when there are so many violent acts being committed against police officers, I thought I could do my part by fundraising for and running in the Police Week 5K to benefit the Officer Down Memorial Page and Concerns of Police Survivors Foundation.
My investment in this issue is due in part to my intentions to have a career in law enforcement, as well as having friends and family who currently work in the field. So, this coming May 14th I am running in memory of Officer Noah Leotta of the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland.
A three-year veteran of the MCPD, Noah, at the young age of 24, was struck by a drunk driver in Rockville, Maryland while working on a Holiday DUI task force on December 3, 2015. He later succumbed to his injuries on December 10, 2015. Though I did not know Noah, his passing pulls on the strings of my heart. As someone who developed an interest in law enforcement within the very walls of the District Three Station, I identify with this man whose life was taken all too soon.
Noah, along with all of his blue brothers and sisters killed in the line of duty, devoted his life to the service of his community. The men and women of law enforcement perform a crucial, yet often unrecognized and under-appreciated service daily to keep us all safe. In doing so, however, they are constantly risking their lives and unfortunately at times that risk leads to an officer making the ultimate sacrifice, having their life taken in the performance of their duties. It is my belief that these men and women deserve recognition and the promise by those they work for to never be forgotten.
The Officer Down Memorial Page runs programs like “No Parole for Cop Killers,” “Line of Duty Death Notifications,” and “ODMP K9,” a tribute to the fearless furry partners that assist police officers in their daily duties. The C.O.P.S. Foundation runs programs devoted to survivors affected by these tragedies, providing important services that would otherwise be paid out of pocket.
Your contributions to the fundraiser are greatly appreciated no matter how insignificant or minute they may seem. If you feel you cannot contribute monetarily though, I urge you to support this cause in spirit, whether that be through prayer or outreach that might benefit the foundation or people you know that are personally affected by a line of duty death. Thank you in advance for your time and any support you are able to give. God bless.
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” ----Isaiah 6:8----