October 21, 2023
RCR’s No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet will debut a special NLEOMF paint scheme featuring the names of officers killed in the line of duty at NASCAR Xfinity Series race
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 18, 2022) – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) today announced a special partnership with Whelen Engineering Company, a global leader in the emergency warning industry since 1952 and legendary race team Richard Childress Racing (RCR), teaming up to honor fallen officers at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on May 21, 2022 at Texas Motor Speedway.
RCR’s No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet will debut a moving and very special NLEOMF paint scheme for the race featuring the names of 619 officers killed in the line of duty that were added to the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year alone. The race begins at 12:30 pm CT from the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas and can be watched on FS1, and heard on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM.
“We’re proud to support NLEOMF and help honor those who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty,” said RCR’s No. 2 driver, Sheldon Creed.
These 619 officers include 472 officers who were killed during 2021. An additional 147 officers died in previous years (before 2021). The names of the fallen officers were read aloud during the Candlelight Vigil in Washington, D.C., on May 13th, one of many events in recognition of National Police Week held each May.
“We are thankful to have Whelen Engineering as a partner in honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law-enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “The race on Saturday is a meaningful way to celebrate Whelen’s support as well as the support law enforcement receives from the NASCAR community.”
“Whelen Engineering has a long history of supporting first responders and their causes, and many of Whelen’s own employees are first responders as well, making it an important part of company culture,” said David Robbins, Whelen’s Director of Marketing. “We share a mission with NLEOMF to make it safer for those who serve and protect, and we’re honored to help bring awareness to the organization.”
Whelen Engineering Company designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation (Whelen Aerospace Technologies – WAT), and Mass Notification industries worldwide.
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.