A single memorial service hosted by the National Fraternal Order of Police 41 years ago has turned in to a extraordinary event, attended by thousands, in honor of our nation’s heroes. On May 15, families of fallen peace officers from around the country will head to our nation’s Capital to honor the life of America’s finest who gave their life in the service of others. The sacrifice of these fallen officers and their families will never be forgotten.
In part three of a four part series focused on Police Week, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Andy Maybo and Matt Hagen, Co-Chairs of the National FOP Memorial Committee, to discuss what it actually takes to put on this solemn event.
In their roles, Andy and Matt are responsible for the planning, setup and execution of the National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington D.C. Andy is a K-9 officer with the U.S. Capitol Police and the former President of FOP DC Lodge #1. Matt is a Deputy Sheriff with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Minnesota State FOP Lodge.