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Pictured (L-R): FBI Director Christopher Wray, FBINA Session #270 Class Speaker Craig Wiles, FBINAA President Scott Dumas and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The group poses with the FBINA 270 Yellow Brick signed by President Trump.

consisted of videos of the spouses and kids of those fallen officers. They were speaking to them as if they were there, describing all that they had missed, birthdays, bah mitzvahs, graduations, weddings. These officers died because they didn’t do some of the simpler things we all can do and often fail to do, such as buckling a seat belt, or properly clearing an intersection. Particularly moving to me was the wife of an officer that was distraught over how he “lied” to her. He would always tell her he does everything he can every day to assure that he comes home to her and their three kids. But he didn’t buckle his seatbelt. I was speaking with Tommy DePaul (203rd) who runs an academy in Cape May, NJ. Tommy said he was going to run the Below 100 presentation at each of his academies. I stated, when you do, invite the families, then we’ll make a difference.

to positively impact our profession and our communities and that is due to the over 17,000 members world-wide committed to both our profession and our communities. We also have the support. At the 270th session, for the first time in 46 years, a sitting President came to a National Academy graduation to address the attendees. The message was loud and concise, “the President of the United States has your back, 100%”. That’s a message that is good to hear.

Be safe, be strong, be vigilant, and be proud!

We can do anything we set ourselves out to do. The FBINAA is strong. We are in a great place and moving forward. We are poised

Scott A. Dumas President FBINAA


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