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05/20/2010

ICE gets physical in honoring fallen law enforcement officers

National Police Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race
Peace Officers Memorial Day Service
Peace Officers Memorial Day Service
ICE employees were up and moving from May 9 to May 15, 2010. They were running in relay races, bicycling, waving blue ribbons and roaring by on motorcycles through the Washington, D.C., area, all in support of 2010 National Police Week (NPW). They also participated in solemn ceremonies and gatherings. ICE honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty through the following NPW events.

15th Annual LawRide. On Sunday, May 9, about 1,000 riders participated in the 15th Annual LawRide, including five ICE employees as follows: Senior Special Agent Sylvia Robertson, Supervisory Special Agent Mario Bellamy, Headquarters Staff Officer John Miskei, Systems Administrator Michael Carter and Senior Watch Officer Abdul Moses. The Federal Protective Service led the group, motorcade style, to RFK stadium for the gathering of Law Riders. At 11 a.m. it was "kick-stands up" and the official Law Ride got rolling. They rode from RFK down East Capitol Street to Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue to 6th Street, where they turned north toward the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The ride was followed by an opportunity for the riders to pay their respects at the memorial, which was then followed by a service and wreath laying ceremony. The motto of the law ride is: If we don't remember them, who will? Click on http://www.lawride.com/ for more information.

31st Annual Washington, D.C., Area Memorial Service.On Monday, May 10, ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Alonzo Peña spoke at the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Headquarters where he addressed the MPD, the Fraternal Order of Police (DC Lodge #1) and the D.C. Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. Peña said at the event, "You put yourselves in harm's way each and every day in order to make our streets safer and communities and country more secure. The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City's Times Square underscores how crucial it is for local, state and federal forces to continue working together and taking a proactive stance to thwart terrorism. Post-9/11 attempted terrorist attacks like this remind us the stakes have never been higher."

ICE Honor and Remembrance Memorial Ceremony. ICE leadership, ICE employees, special dignitaries and family members of fallen officers attended the ICE Honor and Remembrance Memorial Ceremony, which included the unveiling of the ICE Wall of Honor.  The Honor Guard from ICE Offices of Investigations and Detention and Removal Operations added a stately presence while Program Property Manager Karen McMillan and Special Agent Patrick Wilhelm (and brother of fallen officer, ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Wilhelm) both gave outstanding singing performances. ICE Assistant Secretary Morton said of the fallen officers, "These officers did not die in vain. You have only to look at the great work this agency does every day to know that these men are still with us. We all build on the work of those that go before us." Go to http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1005/100511washingtondc.htm for more details.

Police Unity Tour Arrival. On Friday, April 30, Senior Special Agent (SSA) Ellen Pierson began bicycling from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., as part of the long ride to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington, D.C. SSA Jay Ferreria and ICE Resident Agent in Charge Kirk Lockwood joined SSA Pierson and were also "long riders" in the tour. SSA Stephen Lewis joined the group in Portsmouth, Va. The four agents stopped at several memorials and met survivors of fallen officers along their arduous trip. The tour ended at the NLEOM on Wednesday, May 12. Go to http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1005/100518washingtondc.htm for more details.

National Police Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race. On Friday, May 14, ICE runners from ICE Offices of Investigations, International Affairs, Detention and Removal Operations, Public Affairs, Professional Responsibility, Chief Information Officer and Congressional Affairs participated in the U.S. Secret Service (USSS)-sponsored 50-K Race at the USSS training academy in Laurel, Md. For results of the race go to
http://www.lin mark.com/results/resnpc2010.htm.

29th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service. On Saturday, May 15, on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, ICE leadership, ICE Office of Investigations Honor Guard and ICE employees joined thousands of law enforcement officers and citizen supporters from across the country to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty. President Barack Obama opened the ceremony saying that a "sense of security doesn't come on its own. What makes it possible -- what makes freedom possible -- are the law enforcement officers that we honor today. It's men and women like so many of you. It's anyone who's ever put on a uniform or worn a badge in the name of law, in the name of order, in the name of protecting and defending the United States of America."  For complete remarks, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-national-peace-officers-memorial.