On Wednesday April 22nd, the Detroit Tigers hosted Law Enforcement Appreciation Night benefiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Detroit, Michigan.
Pregame festivities featured a display of area police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherell Street. A special helicopter flyover featured the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk Helicopter. The Kent-Metro (Grand Rapids, MI) Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors as Officer Brendan Moore of the Ferndale (MI) Police Department performed the National Anthem
The Tigers dedicated the opening ceremony of last night’s game in honor of Ingham County (MI) Deputy Sheriff Grant Whitaker and Michigan Department of Corrections Officer Chad Charles, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Their names will be formally dedicated at the 27th annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 during National Police Week in Washington, DC along with the names of 271 other officers from across the country.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the Detroit (MI) Police Department as they celebrate their 150th Anniversary of protecting the citizens of Detroit.
Despite the temperature being 37 degrees and snow showers, over $9,500 was raised for NLEOMF. Our thanks to the Detroit Tigers Groups Sales Team, Detroit Tigers Security Department and all of the Michigan-area law enforcement agencies and organizations that attended and supported this event. A special thanks to Memorial Fund Ambassador Brent Clark who helped coordinate the event.