President Donald Trump held a ceremony to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day on Tuesday, where he gave special recognition to slain New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia.
During an impromptu exchange away from the microphone, Familia’s surviving partner Vincent Maher presented the president with a challenge coin. (RELATED: Partner Of Slain Cop Reveals What Trump Told Him In Private Conversation – Wow)
That coin, which was created by the precinct to raise money for the family of the fallen officer, held special meaning for Maher. He told Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Wednesday morning that it had been in his pocket every day since the first shipment had arrived.
“I’ve carried the coin with me every day since I got it, and while I was up there I just had some sort of a compelled feeling to take it out of my pocket and present the president with it.”
One side of the coin showed Familia’s photo.
The other showed her badge number (7370), her precinct (46th), and the Latin inscription “fidelis ad mortem.”
That inscription translates to “faithful, unto death.”
And according to Maher’s recollection at Tuesday’s ceremony, his fallen partner truly exemplified those words. “[Familia] may have been lost that night, but she saved a lot of lives in turn because of her memory and everything that transpired after the fact.”
Officer Familia, who was executed in July of 2017 by a man who targeted her because she was a police officer, was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective. Her first name, Miosotis, literally means “forget me not.” And after Tuesday’s ceremony, it is clear that she has not been forgotten by those who matter most.