August 21, 2012
New York Liberty and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Team Up to Honor Law Enforcement
Washington, DC—The Prudential Center will be the safest place in New Jersey, when local, state and federal law enforcement take it over September 1, as part of Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. The New York Liberty, partnering with the Prudential Center, will host an afternoon of activities that will honor law enforcement and benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Championship Plaza will open at 2:00 pm for fans to enjoy public safety displays, community policing and crime prevention displays, hands-on safe driving and distracted driving education programs. In addition, Livingston (NJ) Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Newark (NJ) Police Department and Essex County (NJ) Crime Prevention Officers Association will be showcasing police vehicles, tactical equipment, helicopters and much more. As an added bonus, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will host a specially priced all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch for all first responders at Championship Plaza.
Prior to the Liberty facing off against the Mystics, there will be a special pre-game ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of Millville (NJ) Police Officer Christopher "Superman" Reeves. Officer Reeves made the ultimate sacrifice July 8, 2012, while serving his community. The Liberty have partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement to pay tribute to Officer Reeves, naming the game “In Honor of Christopher ‘Superman’ Reeves.” Officer Reeves’s wife and son will be in attendance and recognized for their sacrifice.
"We are proud to partner with the New York Liberty," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together at the Prudential Center for food, fun, and basketball in honor of our nation’s law enforcement officers is sure to be a great night—and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund."
The event is sponsored by:
Essex County Crime Prevention Association
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers
New Jersey State Troopers Superior Officers Association
State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey
State Troopers NCO Association of New Jersey
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research, and education. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.