NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, General Joseph Dunford, Assistant Commandant, United States Marine Corps, the Honorable Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney, New York County and Tommy Lasorda, Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers were honored today by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation as part of the organization's 25th "Year of Service to America" awards luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday, November 16, 2012. Prior to the luncheon the Foundation recognized 115 federal agents, police officers, federal prosecutors and district attorneys from throughout the nation who were nominated by their respective departments for special recognition.
"All of the individuals we recognize today and in previous years have worked in some capacity to protect and safeguard our freedom that was won with the courage and blood of those who have fallen," said Foundation Chairman Anthony Bergamo. "It never ceases to amaze me how each year we have the privilege to honor so many committed and dedicated law enforcement officials. I am honored to have the support of such a dedicated board of directors who make this awards ceremony possible." Mr. Bergamo also is vice chairman of MB Real Estate in New York City. He founded the Foundation in 1988.
Previous Foundation honorees have included President Bill Clinton, US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Colin Powell, New York State Governors David Paterson, Eliot Spitzer and George Pataki, US Senator Charles Schumer, Admiral William McRaven, Commander, US Special Operations Command and General James Amos, Commandant of the US Marine Corps.
"We in the special operations community understand the sense of service and sacrifice demonstrated by our nation's law enforcement community," said Admiral McRaven. "Support organizations such as the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation give confidence to those courageous professionals protecting our citizens and our way of life."
The foundation has raised and donated over $15 million in the form of 2,500 grants and 1,500 scholarships and is active in over 200 communities and 14 foreign countries.
About the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation:
Founded in 1988, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation was originally founded to provide financial assistance to family members of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation killed in the line of duty. The Foundation now provides financial assistance to family members of all federal and local enforcement agencies whose loved ones are killed in the line of duty. In addition the Foundation provides financial assistance to law enforcement officials suffering from a serious illness or recovering from a natural disaster. The Foundation provides funding to various programs, including scholarship programs and inner-city drug reduction programs among many others. For more information please visit www.federallawenforcementfoundation.com.
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