IACLEA Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

IACLEA Honors 43 Campus Public Safety Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

IACLEA Honors 43 Campus Public Safety Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

IACLEA's Board of Directors honored the 43 campus public safety officers killed in the line of duty from 1923 - 2016 with a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington, DC. NLEOM President and CEO Craig Floyd recognized the campus personnel among the 20,000 police officers memorialized on the wall. IACLEA Directors David Bousquet and Mike Ragan read the names of the 43 officers, including the three killed in 2016: Officer Calvin Marcus McCullers, Jr., Southern Methodist University; Sgt. Collin James Rose, Wayne State University; Officer Jody Carl Smith, Georgia Southwestern State University. Representatives Peter King (NY) and Jim McGovern (MA), both co-sponsors of The Sean Collier Act, supported the service by sending staff members to observe. The University of Maryland Police Department Honor Guard presented colors. The ceremony was an inspiring and profound addition to the 2017 Capitol Hill Day events. 

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honorguard calvert flag NLEOM  The University of Maryland Police Department Honor Guard awaits the start of IACLEA’s ceremony to honor fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Washington, DC, March 10, 2017. Campus-Police-06 DSC2015  Honor Guard rifleman Campus-Police-07 DSC2028  The University of Maryland Police Department Honor Guard marches past members of IACLEA’s Board of Directors. Campus-Police-10 DSC2071  IACLEA Executive Director Sue Riseling begins the ceremony by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  She quoted an inscription that is engraved on the memorial’s walls: "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived,” attributed to Vivian Eney Cross, survivor.
Burba at podium  IACLEA President Randy Burba remembers the fallen campus police officers. He said “Every day campus safety officers get up, put on a uniform and go to work to protect the men and women who are part of their community. And they know that someday they may have to pay that ultimate sacrifice.” Johnson at podium prayer  IACLEA Board Member Tom Johnson leads the group in a prayer. Campus-Police-13 DSC2153  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial President and CEO Craig Floyd paid tribute to all fallen officers, but on this day, especially, campus police officers. “We honor them because they served this country well,” Floyd said. He said that he thanked the chief at the Arizona State University Police Department, his daughter’s university, for keeping her safe when she was 2,500 miles from home. Campus-Police-14 DSC2160  Wreath dedication to the fallen officers
Campus-Police-15 DSC2167  Craig Floyd, IACLEA president Randy Burba, and Major Calvert salute the fallen officers. Campus-Police-16 DSC2200  Chief Michael Ragan (at podium) with President-elect  David Bousquet (far right) read the names of the 43 fallen campus public safety officers honored at the national memorial. chiefs left side  IACLEA Board of Directors members pay tribute to the 43 fallen campus law enforcement officers. Burba DB BT TL AT JC Pollard  IACLEA Board of Directors members observe the ceremony, made more solemn by steady rain on a freezing cold morning
lions 3 quote wall with names  Lions guard the wall where the names of more than 20,000 fallen officers are inscribed. “The wicked flee when no man pursueth. But the righteous are bold as a lion.”