During the Fall of 2014, New York City Police Officer Austin Glickman (then NYPD Police Recruit) created the original concept of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. Austin’s academy class was heavily influenced by national news incidents which had occurred throughout the country, sparking violent protests and “social justice” movements fueled by false narratives. Just a few days prior to his academy graduation, NYPD Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in Brooklyn, a direct outcome of these violent protests and movements. Austin’s first time officially wearing his Class A uniform was not for his academy graduation, but for the funerals of his fallen brothers. These heart-wrenching experiences sparked Officer Glickman’s desire to design a weekend getaway dedicated to law enforcement officers and their families.
In 2016, Austin approached the Mayor of Lake George, New York, Robert Blais, with the idea of creating an event specific for law enforcement officers and their families which would allow them to participate in an array of events and activities throughout the Lake George Region. After developing a planning and logistics committee comprised of local law enforcement agencies, businesses, government officials and the Chamber of Commerce, Law Enforcement Weekend (LEO Weekend) was born. The organization quickly filed for their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status (officially granted in December of 2017) and created their official mission statement: To Support Law Enforcement Families Affected by a Line of Duty Death or Serious Injury; By Providing A Weekend Getaway With Their Blood & Blue Families of Active & Retired Law Enforcement Officers From Across The United States. Aside from providing a family-friendly event, the organization vowed to pay the expenses for selected families who’ve suffered a serious line of duty injury or death, to attend our yearly Lake George weekend.
On May 15th, 2017, Lake George welcomed the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers Weekend. Since then, Lake George has graciously hosted the 2nd and 3rd Annual Weekends in 2018 and 2019. In total, over 800 law enforcement officers, families, friends and supporters have attended our three events. We’ve had the honor of hosting 9 families from across the United States whom have suffered from a line of duty death.
Law Enforcement Officers Weekend has continued to grow since its inaugural year in 2017. The organization now offers “mini events” throughout the year, which includes family outings to sporting events, fishing charters, paintball and more! We have also begun planning an additional weekend getaway event in the “City by the Sea”, beautiful Long Beach, NY, slatted for the Summer of 2020! In addition, we’ve got big plans of adding LEO Weekend events across the United States in the years to come!
We strive to raise as much money as possible through charitable donations to bring the families of fallen law enforcement officers to an all-expenses paid vacation to our annual event.
You can Support us at our GoFundMe Page
670 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, NY 11561
Board of Directors
Austin Glickman has been involved with the emergency services field since 2008 when he joined the City of Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department as a bright-eyed 18 year old kid. Austin quickly realized his passion for helping others and went on to continue his volunteer service as an EMT for the State University of Cortland, his alma-mater. After graduating SUNY Cortland in 2012 with a Bachelors in History, Austin went on to obtain his Masters in Public Administration for Emergency and Disaster Management from the Metropolitan College of New York. Prior to graduating in 2013, Austin accepted a position with the Mount Sinai Health System as an Emergency Management Project Coordinator. This is where he would stay up until he received “the call” from the New York City Police Department.
On July 7th, 2014, Austin Glickman raised his hand with over 1,000 other individuals as they swore-in to the New York City Police Academy. However, within just a few short weeks of starting his police career, the world would forever change following national news stories which fueled protests and riots throughout the country. Just three weeks prior to his academy graduation, NYPD Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in Brooklyn, an attack directly fueled by false media narratives. Following this tragic incident, Officer Glickman began formulating the idea for a national nonprofit organization which would eventually become Law Enforcement Officers Weekend.
Since then, Officer Glickman has continued his career with the NYPD, currently servicing in the 30th Precinct, which covers West Harlem and Hamilton Heights in Manhattan. Austin has been awarded multiple citations throughout his young career and strives to promote courtesy, professionalism and respect; the three pillars of the New York City Police Department.
Zachary B. Grunther
In 2008, Zach Grunther started his career as a Volunteer firefighter on Long Island, New York. He has been a active member of the fire service and has held multiple positions, including the rank of Captain. Zach is also a certified Fire Instructor for the State of New York and teaches many courses to local fire departments. In 2008 Zach worked for the Long Beach Police Department as a Special Police Officer assigned to the Parks. Currently a member of the Long Island Surgeons Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, and serving as the Sgt At Arms, Zach has always been a huge supporter of law enforcement. For his full time employment, Zach is a safety consultant working with the Department of Energy. In 2016 Zach Grunther joined the LEO Weekend team as Director of Public Relations and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations and now holds the position of Vice President. “The LEO Weeknd team is a big family. Seeing the faces and the smiles from the families we bring to Lake George and to our other events makes me feel good about the organization and being part of it.”
Christopher Koehle comes from a large family of law enforcement with family representing the NYPD, Nassau County PD, New York State Troopers, Vermont State Troopers and Nassau County District Attorneys Office.
Chris started his emergency services career as a Long Beach Lifeguard and then served as a Firefighter/ Paramedic for the City of Long Beach Fire Department before being sworn in as a Nassau County Police Officer. He is currently assigned to the 1st Precinct and works Uniondale Post 107, which was once worked by Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez whom was killed in the Line of Duty on October 23, 2012.
“I feel honored to work Artie’s car and it was also an honor to meet Artie’s sister, Charo Lopez, who is now an Executive Support Member with LEO Weekend. I believe having the support of your family is the most important factor in order to be an effective Police Officer and to cope with the stresses of the job. Without the support of my family I could never do what I do everyday. I believe in the mission of LEO Weekend because we all need a break to have some fun. Not just the cops, but the families of cops too. Families of officers are effected by the profession just as much as the officer themselves. Officers need to support the families of our fellow LEOs. It is our duty to care for the families who’ve been affected by injured or killed in the Line of Duty.”
Anthony Cuevas started his career in Emergency Services in 1996 as a Firefighter and EMT on Long Island, New York. He rose through the ranks to Chief of Department for the City of Long Beach Fire Department in the months following Super Storm Sandy. Anthony was a 9/11 first responder and a recipient of A Silver Medal of Valor from Nassau County, one of the highest honors. This commendation was obtained for a rescue of a mother and her child from their burning home. In 2010, Anthony was sworn in as A Nassau County Sheriff to start his career in Law Enforcement. Anthony is a member of F.O.P Lodge 69 and also works as an independent contractor for Incident Management Solutions as a Safety Officer.
“When approached to join the LEO Weekend Board, I didn’t think twice about accepting. To work with this team of dedicated people is an HONOR. The time and effort that goes into organizing and planning events for the families of our fallen and injured is tiresome but well worth it. We must not forget our fallen, but most of all we must not forget the loved ones of who were left behind. LEO Weekend’s goal is to support our brothers and sisters in blue at a time of need and give them a little bit of normalcy… and for that, I’m all in.”
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for another .”
Martin T. Green
Director of Community Affairs
Martin joined the NYPD in 2000 and was a responder and a survivor of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 in New York City. In 2013, Martin was Promoted to Detective Specialist.
Martian Joined the United States Coast Guard in 2012 and was quickly promoted to Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class. Martin is currently assigned to the USCG Police at Sector New York as a 2nd Class Petty Officer.
“I am proud to work with LEO Weekend as the Director Of Community Affairs because helping the families of the fallen is necessary. The Law Enforcement community is a family. We all share the love and passion of service to others. There’s no greater calling. When an officer is lost or injured in the line of duty, it is our responsibility to take care of their family.”
Director of Event Logistics
In 2009, Kevin Bernstein started his career as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island New York. He has served within the ranks of the fire service and is currently a member of the Extrication Team, Water Rescue Team and Training Committee. In 2016, Kevin joined the FDNY as an EMT and was later promoted to Firefighter where he attended the FDNY Training Academy. Kevin comes from a strong family of law enforcement, is a NYS Peace Officer and has always been a supporter of Law Enforcement. In 2018, Kevin joined the LEO Weekend team as the Fundraising Coordinator and was quickly promoted to Director of Event Logistics.
“LEO Weekend is more than a vacation or a get away for the families. It’s also a reminder that those who serve and their families are forever apart of a bigger family and have us as a support system.”
Director of Multimedia
Joseph Ryder is currently a New York City Police Officer and previously worked as a radio reporter with the NPR affiliate station WSHU and FOX News Radio and Headlines 24/7. Joseph has also worked as photojournalist and filmmaker. Along with working as a Police Officer, Joseph is a freelance photographer for the New York Mets.
Joseph began working with Law Enforcement Officers Weekend in 2019 to create compelling visual imagery and capture video and stills to create videos and albums so that the families we work with have a way of remembering our special events for a lifetime.
Executive Support Members
Genesis Familia is the eldest surviving daughter of slain NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia. On July 5th, 2017 Detective Familia was assassinated while working in the Bronx because of the blue uniform she wore. The result of Detective Familia’s tragic assassination meant tgt her 3 children were left behind—her 20 year old daughter Genesis, her 12 year old son Peter, and her 12 year old daughter Delilah. Immediately following her mother’s horrific muder, Genesis stepped up to the role of “mom” in order to take care of her younger brother and sister, and dedicated her life to raising her brother and sister full time as an adoptive parent. This hugely important parental role forced Genesis to grow up very fast while shouldering all parental responsibilities and the trauma from losing her mom. Only a very few people experience the kind of hardships and trauma that surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty have to forever live with, and some will never understand what it means to live with this kind of tragedy.
In June of 2018, Genesis and her siblings were invited to LEO Weekend in Lake George and it was the first time that she and her siblings had a few days of normalcy. Peter and Delilah were allowed to be carefree children again and their only worries were which fun activities to take part in and which restaurant to go to. This was also the first time that Genesis was given a break from her stressful life. The weekend in Lake George was a much needed respite for Genesis and the kids especially since the 1st year anniversary commemorating their mom, Detective Miosotis Familia, was coming up in the next month. Only a very few people experience the kind of hardships and trauma that surviving families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty have to forever live with, and some will never understand what it means to live with this kind of tragedy. To this day, Genesis still values the amazing weekend in Lake George that LEO Weekend gave her and her family, and has since joined the organization that helps police families in this way.