Detroit Tigers Host 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Clint Eastwood’s PSA on the
scoreboard during the game

On Monday, April 21, over 1200 law enforcement professionals joined the Detroit Tigers as they took on the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. With over 25,000 in attendance and over $12,000 raised for the Memorial Fund, this game was one of the largest Law Enforcement Appreciation Events held since the program began over three years ago. During the game, the Detroit Tigers welcomed all local, state and federal law enforcement professionals with a special message and public service announcement from Clint Eastwood.

Pre-game festivities featured a display of police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherall Street. The Van Buren Township (MI) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors as Officer Raquel Reyes of the Auburn Hills (MI) Police Department performed the National Anthem. The game’s opening ceremony was dedicated to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield II and Detroit (MI) Police Department Officers Rodney Jones and Patrick Hill who were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

February 2014 Officer of Month Lieutenant Timothy Jungle

Also during the game, the Memorial Fund honored their February Officer of the Month Award recipient Lieutenant Timothy Jungel, of the Eaton County (MI) Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Michigan State Police performed a helicopter fly over and Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig Floyd threw out the first pitch of the game.

The Memorial Fund would like to thank Law Enforcement Ambassador Brent Clark and Dan Foley for organizing the event along with Detroit Tigers Account Representative Kate Walker and the Detroit Tigers Security Team. A special thanks to former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema of the 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series for joining us and to the Michigan Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, Michigan State Troopers Association, Police Officers Association of Michigan and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association for their support.

Craig Floyd, Stacey and Tye Sipps and 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Pitcher Dave Rozema

We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring of 2015 as preparations are already underway for the 4th annual event.