The Cleveland Police Foundation is very proud to support the Cleveland Police Honor Guard for the important work they do and recognize them as one of our umbrella charities!
The Cleveland Police Honor Guard ensures that all appropriate courtesies are rendered at the funerals and memorial services for active and retired police officers, especially those who have died in the line of duty. Additionally, they represent the Cleveland Division of Police at civic functions, parades, and sporting events by serving as its color guard, and with precision marching and drill routines.
During their recent trip to Washington D.C. for 2019 National Police Week, the Cleveland Police Honor Guard had the honor of escorting the family of recently deceased CPD Officer Vu Nguyen during the candlelight vigil, as well as other families as they departed their buses. On National Police Officers Memorial Day they stood with thousands on the Capitol lawn for the official service and address by President Trump and other dignitaries.
When asked about the Cleveland Police Honor Guard, member PO Tom Ross stated, “It is critical that an agency the size of Cleveland has a presence at National Police Week every year. When there is a line of duty death in Northeast Ohio our Ceremonial Unit is often one of the first resources requested to assist that agency.”
It is because of their dedication and devotion to their duty that the Cleveland Police Foundation is proud to name The Cleveland Police Honor Guard as its Police Officers of the Month for June 2019.
About the Police Officer of the Month Program
The Cleveland Police Foundation – in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Cleveland Lodge 8 – is proud of the Police Officer of the Month program. The program’s purpose is to recognize members of the Cleveland Division of Police who not only perform their duties in an exemplary and extraordinary manner, but also excel in efforts that are consistent with a major tenet of the CPF’s mission to strengthen the bonds between citizens and police officers… building bridges, creating opportunities for dialogue, and forging positive relationships within the community.
Already aware that officers in the Cleveland Division of Police routinely go out of their way to help their fellow citizens, committee members are not surprised by the large number of candidates. With so many outstanding officers, selecting one recipient per month proved to be a somewhat daunting task.
When asked why bestow these awards, CPF Executive Director Charles W. Lane, Jr. states, “In today’s busy world, while some deeds may seem fairly insignificant, we hold out hope that such random acts of kindness may have a significant impact on a person’s life. Even if not, it’s nice to know that our police officers do for others what they would want someone else to do for a member of their family if the opportunity presented itself.”
Police officers across this great country perform similar deeds day-in and day-out, with little fanfare and really not seeking, nor even wanting recognition. We commend these officers for their compassion and personal commitment to making our city a better place to live.