The idea for a national memorial honoring America’s fallen police officers was actually first proposed in 1972 by Donald J. Guilfoil, a detective with the Suffolk County (NY) Police Department. It was Detective Guilfoil and the Suffolk County PBA who got the initial federal legislation introduced to establish the Memorial. But it was not until 1984, with the formation of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, that the idea started to become a reality.
Yesterday, former Detective Guilfoil passed away. In honor of his passing, the flags at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be flown at half staff tomorrow. We will always remember him as an instrumental leader is building the Memorial as a lasting tribute for our nation’s fallen heroes.