Major League Baseball manager of the Cleveland Indians, Manny Acta, received the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s first-ever Chairman’s Award on May 19, 2011. The award was presented at the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field during the Chicago White Sox’s Law Enforcement Day at the Park, to honor local Chicago law enforcement personnel, including the five Chicago officers who made the ultimate sacrifice last year.
A deserving recipient of this inaugural honor, Manny is a fervent supporter of the Memorial Fund and the upcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction, as well as an advocate for the law enforcement profession and the brave men and women who serve and protect our communities.
In 2009, Manny filmed a public service announcement for the National Law Enforcement Museum that aired at Nationals Park—home of the Washington Nationals, where he served as manager for three years before moving to Cleveland.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund “Chairman’s Award” is presented to a deserving individual or organization that has assisted the Memorial Fund in its work to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers, and/or has made contributions to the law enforcement profession.
The award was given to Manny by Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd, Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations John Shanks, International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director and Memorial Fund Board Member Dan Rosenblatt, Deputy Executive Director Jim McMahon, and Research Center Director John Firman, along with Gates (NY) Police Department Detective and Memorial Fund Ambassador Joshua Bowman, right on the baseball diamond at U.S. Cellular Field.
“The Memorial Fund is extremely grateful to Manny for his dedication to law enforcement and our worthy cause. We hope that his support and leadership will encourage Major League Baseball and other professional sports to honor law enforcement and participate in the Museum campaign, appropriately called “A Matter of Honor,” said Mr. Floyd.
For more information about the Museum campaign and how to donate visit: www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.