Home: The FBINAA Family Remembers
BY DAN BATEMAN


At the Washington DC annual training conference in July, we paused to reflect, honor, and remember those colleagues, friends, and associates who had passed away since our last conference in St. Louis in 2016. 

Tragically, we lost three graduates to adversarial action.  FRANCISCO P. CISNEROS, an international graduate of Session 180, gave his all while serving his community in Mexico.  CLINTON T. GREENWOOD and PATRICK N. WEATHERFORD, both graduates from Session 263, deserve special recognition for their bravery and courage in giving their last full measure of devotion.  These three will be forever remembered in the FBI Academy’s Hall of Honor when a ceremony will be held next year to add their names amongst those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice.

They were included with 93 other names read during the Opening Ceremonies memorial service itself.  This tradition is vested with honor and solemnity as each name is read aloud in the presence of the assembled conferees.  With each name, there is an untold story of friendship, service, family, and fond memories.  As the list is read in order of session number, conference attendees watch closely as their particular session draws near.  Then the name of some friend and colleague appears.  Memories come alive of the common bond they shared when they attended the FBI National Academy together and in their respective career paths following graduation.

My theme this year has been “Home: Where It Begins, Where It Ends”.  And while my magazine articles have focused on the immediate family, are we not family as members of the FBI National Academy Associates?  Yes, we are united in the calling of our career and our need for the strength and support of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement. That does, indeed, make us “family”.

The Bible is replete with many accounts of God’s people being told to remember.  Sometimes it involved a visual memorial tribute like an altar or building, other times, a solemn ritual of honoring so as to never forget.  We practice the same during the Opening Ceremonies where we vest our members who have passed on with honor and respect.  The tradition associated with the Memory Table never fails to remind us of our friends and colleagues who have gone on.  It does us well to recall the deep symbolism of the Memory Table:

1.      The table, covered with a white cloth, symbolizes the loyalty and commitment of our fellow graduates throughout their career of service to their respective communities.

2.      An encased and folded American flag is placed on the table to represent the courage and sacrifice of our fellow graduates as they protected our freedom and provided a safe environment for the citizens they served.

3.      A single red rose in a vase is placed on the table to symbolize the family and friends of our fellow graduates left behind.

4.      A police hat and badge is placed on the table to symbolize the absence of our fellow graduates.

5.      A white candle is placed on the table to be lit during the service as a constant reminder that our fellow graduates are not and will not be forgotten.

6.      A framed list providing the name, session, and date of death of each of our fellow graduates is posted on the table as a visible reminder of our fellow graduates and friends who have gone on.

This year, we remembered 96 of our FBI National Academy Associates who had passed away since our last conference in St. Louis.  The Memory Table, as always, remained on display throughout the 2017 DC conference until our Closing Ceremony so attendees could review, reflect, and remember friends ones who had gone on.

For those who could not attend, please take a moment to review and reflect on the following list of honored individuals.

Peace and blessings,

Dan Bateman, Chaplain
dbateman@fbinaa.org
(586) 484-3164


FBI National Academy 2017 Memory Roll

SESSION                    NAME                                                                     DATE OF PASSING

  67                             George W. Geyer, Jr.                                               April 28, 2017

  80                             Ronald D. Frazier                                                   June 29, 2016

  83                             Francis A. Keala                                                     January 7, 2017

  85                             Anthony Moretti                                                    November 28, 2016

  90                             Richard A. Amiott                                                  May 1, 2017    (Past President)

  90                             Carl E. Hyde                                                           January 30, 2016

  90                             Donald M. Hill                                                       September 6, 2013

  91                             George H. Braxton                                                 May 14, 2017

  91                             Robert C. White                                                     September 28, 2016

  92                             Robert P. Merchant                                                May 6, 2017

  93                             Paul W. Dollins                                                      March 30, 2016

  93                             John “Jack” DuPlayee                                            May 19, 2017

  93                             Dominic A. Ferrazzi                                               August 24, 2015

  95                             Michael F. Loffredo                                                June 2, 2017

  95                             John F. McGowan                                                  November 15, 2016

  95                             James T. Trollinger                                                April 13, 2017

  96                             Casper “Len” E. Cardoza                                        June 12, 2016

  97                             James C. Newton                                                   August 3, 2015

  99                             Edward A. Haraden                                                June 8, 2017

100                             James R. Beale                                                       August 26, 2012

101                             Edward A. Rudolph, Jr.                                           January 21, 2017

102                             Lyle R. Bliss                                                             January 31, 2017

104                             John A. DeBassio                                                    October 1, 2016

104                             Richard A. Sandberg                                               March 10, 2017

107                             Elmo Williams, Sr.                                                   January 31, 2017

110                             Frank A. Barker                                                       January 23, 2017

110                             William H. Biggerstaff                                             May 25, 2017

111                             Ronald C. Canaday                                                 October 19, 2016      

111                             James B. Howard, Sr.                                              March 15, 2016

113                             Colin T. Millar                                                         December 30, 2016

114                             Johnnie Holcomb                                                   November 15, 2015

117                             Richard J. Pennington                                            May 4, 2017 

117                             Knut Inge Robberstad                                            July 13, 2011                         

118                             Edward J. Camp                                                     June 22, 2014

118                             James E. Fitzpatrick                                                August 5, 2016

120                             Louis J. Bervid, Jr.                                                   November 14, 2016

121                             Jymes Carter                                                          November 3, 2016

122                             Ralph W. Shanks                                                    September 30, 2016

123                             John W. Kozar                                                        March 10, 2017 

125                             John E. “Jack” Kelly                                                 December 24, 2016

124                             Donald C. Dempsey                                                December 31, 2016

124                             John F. Sayers                                                          March 17, 2010

125                             Richard G. Tuck                                                       September 19, 2016

127                             Douglas D. Worthan                                               April 19, 2017

129                             Frank J. Cappitelli                                                   June 1, 2016

129                             Richard DeBoer, Jr.                                                 September 18, 2016

130                             Richard G. Staniland                                              November 28, 2016

131                             Kai Erik Tondal                                                      February 26, 2016

134                             Edward D. Irvine                                                    July 4, 2016

135                             Ronald L. Clark                                                      January 22, 2017

136                             Daniel F. O’Brien                                                   January 17, 2017

136                             Richard V. Polzin                                                   January 3, 2017

138                             Harry “Bud” J. Armitage                                        March 20, 2017

138                             Charles G. McDonald                                            

138                             Wille E. “Boe” Patterson                                        July 1, 2016

138                             William P. Register                                               January 14, 2016

139                             Eddie Carter                                                         February 19, 2017

139                             James R. Wilbourn                                               January 18, 2017

140                             Jack J. Becaccio                                                    July 30, 2016

141                             John C. Woods                                                     March 31, 2016

143                             Michael J Gancarz                                               February 21, 2017

143                             Anthony “Skipper” T. Hoke                                  October 14, 2016

144                             Frank D. Blackburn                                             September 28, 2016

144                             David H. Carter                                                   March 2, 2017

145                             David A. Coleman Sr.                                          March 8, 2017

146                             Walter J. “Butch” Kaszubski                                 June 6, 2017

149                             Patrick F. Casey                                                   February 25, 2017

150                             John M. Riker                                                       March 17, 2017

155                             Gabriel E. Ornelas                                                January 8, 2017

155                             Richard A. Zappile                                               January 6, 2017

162                             Gilbert A. Currie, Jr.                                             December 16, 2016

163                             Joseph A. Hudick                                                 December 1, 2016

171                             John J. Benoit                                                      December 26, 2016

171                             John J. Lange                                                      September 29, 2016

173                             Larry W. Flatt                                                      December 28, 2016

173                             Billy C. Morrill                                                      April 22, 2017

175                             Zsigmond Szabó                                                  December 7, 2016

180                             Francisco P. Cisneros                                           September 24, 2016

182                             Ion G. Sotirescu                                                    July 18, 2016

184                             John M. Fuscaldo                                                 February 17, 2013

187                             John W. “Guido” Corrigan                                   March 20, 2017

189                             James M. Potter                                                   July 12, 2016

189                             Bob M. Randall                                                    September 15, 2016

191                             Clifford T. Hayes                                                  December 12, 2013

193                             James G. Molloy                                                   January 30, 2017 

194                             Alan L. Wilson                                                      March 26, 2017

199                             Timothy D Barbour                                              May 6, 2011

201                             Pamela Carrier                                                    April 5, 2017

213                             Michael T. Kearney                                              May 14, 2017

228                             Jean-Michel Louboutin                                        November, 2016

233                             Philip P. Royal                                                     July 18, 2016

237                             Jay R Memmelaar, Jr.                                          February 16, 2017

251                             Carlos L. Dominguez                                          November 24, 2015

252                             Michael L. Hudson                                              October 30, 2016

263                             Clinton T. Greenwood                                         April 3, 2017

263                             Patrick N. Weatherford                                       June 12, 2017             

 

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