Friends of New England’s Finest Hosts 4th Annual Reception for Law Enforcement Officials

On May 13, O’Neill and Associates, in partnership with Friends of New England’s Finest, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, hosted the 4th Annual “Thank You for Protecting and Serving Our Loved Ones,” a reception to thank New England law enforcement officials and remember fallen officers during National Police Week.

In 2013, Friends of New England’s Finest organized the first “Thank You for Protecting and Serving Our Loved Ones” reception as an opportunity for New Englanders living in our nation’s capital to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our law enforcement officials.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund gathers law enforcement officers from around the country each year for National Police Week in Washington, DC to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, including many from New England. This year, New England legislative staffers and New Englanders residing in Washington, DC gathered together at Johnny’s Half Shell for this honorary event – the only one of its kind – to personally thank over 175 police officers and law enforcement officials representing over 31 departments across New England who were in attendance.

This year’s reception was held in special memory of the 2015 fallen, specifically Trooper Kyle D. Young of Vermont. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial added the following previous line of duty deaths from New England:

  • Patrol Officer George Crowell of MA
  • Detective Andrew Faggio of CT
  • Patrolman Edward “Scotty” Johansen of MA
  • Patrolman Jose Maceira of MA
  • Special Officer Herbert Moore of RI
  • Officer Phillip Pitts of MA

The “Thank You for Protecting and Serving Our Loved Ones” reception would not be possible without the support of many business and community leaders, including TransCOR Information Technologies, the Red Sox Foundation, Perriquest Defense Research Enterprises, PepsiCo, Johnny’s Half Shell and Bertucci’s.

For more information on the event, please visit www.FONEF.org or connect with Friends of New England’s Finest on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NEFinest.


About Friends of New England’s Finest

Friends of New England’s Finest is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in the District of Columbia, organized exclusively to honor New England law enforcement during National Police Week. Every year, law enforcement officers from around the country gather in Washington, DC to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, including many from New England. Previously, there was no gathering for the large contingent of New England transplants now living in Washington, DC to thank these officers. After the horrific events of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent encounters with the terrorists, there was a special desire for those transplants to thank the officers who protected their loved ones during that time. Friends of New England’s Finest organized the “Thank You For Protecting Our Loved Ones at Home” reception as an opportunity for New Englanders to gather in our nation’s capital to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our law enforcement officials. For more information about Friends of New England’s Finest, visit our website at www.FONEF.org or connect with us on Facebook.