A son remembers his father

Did you know that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is not the only place where fallen law enforcement officers are honored in Washington, DC? Across the street in the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Hall of Remembrance, you can find the individual stories of the sacrifices made by the officers engraved on the Memorial at the Fallen Officer Kiosks.

Earlier this year, as the Museum staff was preparing for its first National Police Week, a family walked into the Hall of Remembrance. A photo scrolling on the kiosk screens caught the attention of one of the visitors. “That’s my father,” he said, suddenly.

The Museum staff was quickly able to help find his father in the fallen officer database and were moved when they heard the story of Robert Eley Mack, who died of a heart attack while trying to save a woman in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, in 1949. His son (our visitor), Robert Mack, was just 8 years old at the time.

This is why the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum were created and have endured. We help keep the memories and stories of your loved ones alive. Thank you for trusting us to do that.


Marcia Ferranto

Marcia Ferranto
Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum