Tigers to honor law enforcement before Wednesday’s game

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit — Law enforcement officers will feel the love Wednesday evening at Comerica Park before the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees.

Officers will be honored at the fourth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at the park. The Tigers are partnering with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement and correctional officers and their families while raising awareness and money for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, whose department is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Pregame activities begin at 5:30 p.m., and will feature a display of Metro Detroit police cars in front of the park on Witherell St., while a special flyover will feature Michigan State Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk helicopter.

“Coming together in the ‘Motor City’ for championship baseball and in honor of Michigan law enforcement officers is sure to be a great evening, and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the museum,” said Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund, in a statement.

The game’s opening ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Ingham County Deputy Sheriff Grant Whitaker and Michigan Department of Corrections Officer Chad Charles, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014.

The Detroit Tigers are offering a special all-inclusive Law Enforcement Appreciation Night package starting at $38 for the general public, law enforcement officers and their families. It includes a ticket to the game and a Detroit Tigers and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund commemorative challenge coin.

The team will donate $10 from each ticket sold to the memorial fund in support of the museum. For information, visit www.tigers.com/law.


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