Charlotte Police Foundation

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation Welcomed Astronaut Captain Mark Kelly as the 2012 Spring Leadership Luncheon Speaker

April 11, 2012

Captain Mark Kelly

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation (CMPF) featured Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission, at its annual Spring Leadership luncheon on April 11, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in uptown Charlotte.

While renowned for his accomplishments as an astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, bestselling-author, prostate cancer survivor, and an experienced naval aviator during the Gulf War, Kelly was the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. "I'm just inspired by how hard someone can fight. As she heads out the door to go to rehab, she often says 'Fight, fight, fight.' She's not going to give up; she's going to get better," said Kelly.

Though Gabby was not present at the luncheon, Kelly concluded the luncheon with words of wisdom from his wife: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best. All of the proceeds raised by this year’s luncheon will directly benefit future initiatives of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Last year’s luncheon raised funds for the new Major Crime Scene Investigation truck. CMPF provided $8,000 in funding for a Power Moon specialized lighting system for the truck, a lightweight balloon type lighting system that spreads light evenly in a 360 degree circle eliminating glare, shadows and dark areas at crime scenes. This equipment has greatly enhanced crime scene investigators ability to detect, locate and photograph critical evidence at a crime scene.

CMPF has already provided $58,000 for the purchase and installation of fire extinguishers in all police vehicles in honor of CMPD Officer Keith Trietley, who was was involved in a serious crash after a suspect intentionally crashed his vehicle head on into Officer Trietley’s police cruiser. Officer Trietley was seriously injured and pinned in his vehicle which was on fire. Officers and citizens attempted to rescue Officer Trietley; however, no one had immediate access to a fire extinguisher. A citizen, William McNear, helped save Officer Trietley’s life by locating a fire extinguisher nearby and using it to extinguish flames and facilitate a rescue. When the Police Foundation became aware of what had occurred they quickly provided funding to purchase and install 1,141 fire extinguishers in all CMPD police vehicles.

The CMPF board members include: Chair Frank Golden, Vice Chair Ken Beuley, Treasurer Gary Rose, Hugh Allen, Tom Bowman, Jack Burke, Richard Carter, Otis Crowder, Julie Eiselt, John Fennebresque, McGuire Woods, Ken Gill, Jordan Gross, Joe Hallow, Chuck Hood, Jimmy Lee, Joe Mazzola, Glen Mowery, Brad Muller, Ed Tubal.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation was chartered in 2004. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and provides support for innovation programs and initiatives that are not presently funded by the police department’s budget. THE CMPF helps to ensure a safer community for the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. For more information contact Executive Director Ann Henegar at 704.332.9857 or visit

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