Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Miller Park Friday
On Friday, August 26, at 7:10 PM, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Brewers and Major League Baseball partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Miller Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction in Washington, DC.
Pre-game festivities outside the ball park begin at 6:00 PM, and will feature a display from the Police Unity Tour of Wisconsin and Concerns of Police Survivors Wisconsin Chapter. The game’s opening ceremony will honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and recognize current officers who work each day in Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
A special on-field ceremony will feature more than 20 law enforcement honor/color guards from the Wisconsin Honor Guard Association including the Brookfield Police Department, Caledonia Police Department, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Police Department, Fond Du Lac Police Department, Green Bay Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, Menomonee Falls Police Department, Oak Creek Police Department, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, Stoughton Police Department, Sun Prairie Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, West Allis Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Milwaukee Corrections and Wisconsin State Highway Patrol.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Detective Mike Klementz of the McFarland (WI) Police Department in honor of Officer Ryan Copeland who was killed in a head-on collision shortly after the start of his shift on November 23, 2015. Officer Copeland was en route to pick up his canine partner, Boris, when the driver of the other vehicle crossed the center line striking Officer Copeland.
"We are excited to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball for this special evening honoring law enforcement. Each year the Milwaukee Brewers staff and ownership has gone above and beyond to support and honor law enforcement” said Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together at Miller Park to honor our nation’s law enforcement officers while enjoying a fun night of baseball is a great way to raise awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. I’m thankful to the Brewers for welcoming us each year.”
The Milwaukee Brewers will donate $5 from each law enforcement ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Additionally, each ticket sold will include a Milwaukee Brewers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin and every fan in attendance will receive a free T-shirt.