Join us for the global broadcast!32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil May 13, 2020 8pm Eastern
This year, 307 names are being engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, adding to the 21,910 already memorialized.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, I invite you to join me as survivors, law enforcement members, celebrities, U.S. government officials, and American icons come together to pay tribute to our fallen in a livestreamed Candlelight Vigil.
While we are disappointed that we cannot honor the fallen in person, this provides a unique opportunity for everyone in the United States, actually – around the World — to be able to participate in this solemn ceremony.
Please watch from wherever you are in the world as the names of those 307 brave men and women are read aloud in respect, honor, and remembrance. If you are on a social media platform, please invite your friends and followers to participate as well!!
For over 40 years...
Where we came from…
These gatherings continued for 6 or 7 years and finally Trooper Richard Whelan, President of the State Police Association of Massachusetts thought these State Police Associations should band together and unite for the common goals of Troopers throughout the New England states. The first
meeting was held in Framingham, Massachusetts in September 1977 with four states attending, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut. The attendees sat down and drafted by-laws, a constitution and named the organization “North Eastern Regional Troopers Coalition”, NERTC.
After several meetings the representatives present developed the “Trooper News Letter” which was sent out to all the states having associations in the Region; the newsletter stated the purpose of NERTC. Shortly after it became apparent that NERTC was gaining interest within other states and because this was a unique organization that represented troopers only we started having meetings in different parts of the United States. The NTC started out having four meetings a year in different parts of the Country. The continued growth necessitated changing the name of the organization to the National Troopers Coalition and incorporating in the State of New York for legal purposes.
In ten short years of rapid growth we went from 4 states to 43 states with three of the states having two associations representing approximately 44,000 State Police and Highway Patrol Officers nationwide. For better and broader representation we increased the Executive Board in size from 6 to 10 members and divided the country into 4 regions and made the Regional Coordinators part of the Executive Board.
Along with the growth in member states the NTC has gained recognition as a well respected national law enforcement association. We also assist member associations with needs in their state and lobby in the United States Congress and the White House for the betterment of the Troopers and the public we serve.
A Minnesota trooper pulled over a doctor for speeding. Then he gave her his N95 medical masks
A Minnesota state trooper moved a doctor to tears when he turned what should have been a speeding ticket into a heartwarming act of kindness.
Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua, a cardiologist at a coronavirus quarantine unit in Duluth, was pulled over by Trooper Brian Schwartz for speeding on March 21.
But instead of a ticket, Schwartz handed Janjua five N95 masks he was supposed to use as protection — along with a firm warning for speeding.
“I burst into tears. And though it may just have been the cold wind, I think he teared up a little as well, before wishing me well and walking away,” Janjua said on Facebook.
“This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking.”
Schwartz felt compelled to offer Janjua his N-95 masks after noticing “what appeared to be two used N95 masks in Ashraf’s purse that he assumed she was reusing,” the Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement to CNN.
The N95 respirator masks that health care workers need to protect themselves while treating coronavirus patients are in dangerously short supply. Physicians are being forced to wear used masks, risking infection when they care for patients.
Like millions of health care workers across the world, Janjua, who is originally from Boston, said she was “afraid” of not having proper equipment to protect herself from possibly getting sick far from home.
“Thank you to Sarosh for her hard work and dedication,” the Minnesota State Patrol said on Facebook. “Troopers are working hard during the pandemic and are thinking about all the first responders who are caring for Minnesotans during this critical time.”
While the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world as we know it, the kindness of people like Trooper Schwartz is a reminder that nothing can take away our unity in times of crisis.
“I think we are all just hanging on to something that makes us feel safe,” Janjua told CNN. “Somehow, for Americans, that something has become N95 masks and toilet paper. Trooper Schwartz’ act of kindness became my something.”
NTC 2020 Spring Meeting in San Antonio
2019 NTC LODD Banner
Left to right: Mr. Ed Walson, NTC Chairman Jimmy Chavez, and NTC Executive Director Andy Matthews.
2019 NTC LODD Banner
Left to right: NTC Executive Director Andy Matthews, Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Memorial & Museum, and NTC Chairman Jimmy Chavez.
Meetings on Capitol Hill in support of PSTA and PSP surrounding an incident involving PSP Air Patrol Unit.
Left to right: NTC Executive Director Andy Matthews, NTC Chairman Jimmy Chavez, Pennsylvania Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association President Dave Kennedy.
NTC donates $10,000 to the National Law Enforcement Memorial
Nate Johnson – President of the Michigan State Police Union, Andrew Matthews, NTC Executive Director, Brad Roseberry, Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, and Jimmy Chavez, NTC Chairman. CABT made two donations at the Michigan conference; one for $5,000 to the NTC Charitable Foundation and one for $500 for the Michigan State Police Union.
NTC donates $10,000 to the National Law Enforcement Memorial
On behalf of the National Trooper Coalition, Chairman Chavez present Mrs. Day with a check for $10,000. to continue our support of the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
Jimmy Chavez (NTC Chairman), Lori Day (CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund), and Andrew Matthews (NTC Executive Director).
I am saddened to announce the line of duty death of Trooper Jeremy J. VanNostrand
On November 27, 2018, at approximately 7:45 am, Trooper VanNostrand was reporting to work at the State Police barracks in Fonda when he was involved in a motor vehicle crash.
Trooper VanNostrand was stopped in traffic in his personal vehicle, waiting to turn into the station, when he was rear-ended and pushed into oncoming traffic.
Trooper VanNostrand was transported to Albany Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper VanNostrand entered the State Police in December of 2012 and served with the State Police for six years.
Trooper VanNostrand served as a Trooper in Troop F at SP Middletown and Liberty, and in Troop G at SP Granville, and his latest assignment, SP Fonda.
Prior to his State Police service, Trooper VanNostrand served as a Correction Officer for eight years with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Trooper VanNostrand is survived by his wife, their daughter, his parents, sister and brothers.
New York State PBA
We regret to inform you of the line of duty death of Trooper Christopher Lambert
We regret to inform you of the line of duty death of Trooper Christopher Lambert, #6527, District 15. Trooper Lambert was working a three car crash on I-294 Northbound, Mile Post 49.25, near Oakbrook, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle at approximately 4:45 pm in the afternoon on January 12th, 2019.
Please keep Trooper Lambert’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Joe Moon, President
Illinois Troopers Lodge 41
Sergeant Jimmy Chavez
As a state trooper, one of your most valuable tools is not to be found in your equipment belt, or even your patrol car. The tool is your membership in the association representing your agency. You have sworn to protect and serve the public, but who is going to protect you? Membership in your association will protect you and your family’s future. At the National Troopers Coalition we band together the nation’s associations and speak with one voice at a national level giving your association a much greater voice that can be heard all over the country.
The National Troopers Coalition (NTC) works to improve your wages, benefits and working conditions and encourages all employees to provide quality service to the community. Our membership consists of sworn and civilian employees as well as retirees of the of the nationa’s state police level associations. NTC elects its Chairman, Vice Chairman and Executive Board from the membership.
Our Mission is to protect the rights, interests and welfare of our members and improve quality of life for all member state law enforcement associations.