The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Robert W. Wallace, December 20, 2012
The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross was on hand to provide canteen service to law enforcement officers who gathered to caravan as a “Sea of Blue” in honor of fallen police officer Martoiya Lang. Officer Lang was fatally shot on December 14th while serving a drug warrant in the Berclair area of Memphis. She is belived to be the first female Memphis police officer to have died in the line of duty. Lang, age 32, was the mother of four children.
“It was terrifically inspiring to see all the officers come together to honor a fallen comrade. Flashing blue lights always catch our attention, but today they have a very special meaning,” noted Red Cross worker Larry Reid.
On a cold December day 652 squad cars and numerous motorcycle units from Memphis and surrounding communities gathered for the event. Approximately 1000 law enforcement officers were involved, many of whom came to the Red Cross Emergency Vehicle to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. The officers traveled in a solemn procession with blue lights flashing from their gathering point in North Memphis to Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, where visitation and funeral services were held for Officer Lang.