by Mike Carvalho | May 12, 2011
2011 National Police Week (Courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund)
AFSCME joins the nation in honoring the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and keep our families safe, as part of National Police Week 2011 (May 15 to 21).
On Friday, May 13, the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. During the ceremony, the names of 316 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be formally added to the walls of the memorial, including New Haven, CT, Police Officer Robert Fumiatti, a member of Local 530 (Council 15).
Officer Fumiatti survived a gunshot wound to the face in 2002, but died unexpectedly in 2007 from complications related to the shooting. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled his death "in the line of duty," and the memorial fund announced earlier this year that his name would be added to the wall.
The addition of Officer Fumiatti's name to the more than 19,000 names of fallen heroes engraved on the memorial ensures that his service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Read more about Officer Fumiatti in this story from the New Haven Register. Visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website for more about the memorial, and learn more about AFSCME-represented law enforcement officers here.