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Grizzlies to honor fallen Memphis police officer and shooting victims

A free pair of tickets will be given out to the first 1,000 Memphis Police and Fire Department officers in honor of Officer Lang and also as thanks for their community service.

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MEMPHIS, December 17, 2012 – The Memphis Grizzlies announced they will honor the memory of fallen police officer Martoyia Lang and the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting throughout this week.

p>On Friday, Dec. 14, tragedy hit the nation and the local Memphis community with the shooting deaths of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT and with the death of Memphis police officer Martoyia Lang. Officer Lang, who served over 12 years with the Memphis Police Department, was shot along with her partner while serving a warrant on Friday morning. Both were rushed to Regional Medical Center, where Lang later died. Lang is survived by four children.

Throughout the week, the American Flag will fly at half-staff in respect for the victims. Prior to tonight’s tip-off, the Memphis Police Department Color Guard will be present on-court during the National Anthem and a moment of silence will be observed. On Wednesday, Dec. 19 prior to the Grizzlies match-up against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Grizzlies will be collecting cash donations for Officer Lang’s family at the door with the help of volunteers from the Memphis Police Department. In addition, SunTrust has agreed to match fans’ donations up to $5,000.

Also on Wednesday morning beginning at 10 a.m., a free pair of tickets for Wednesday night’s game vs. Milwaukee Bucks, will be given out to the first 1,000 Memphis Police and Fire Department officers at the FedExForum Box Office, not only to honor Officer Lang, but also to thank the service men and women who protect and serve the Memphis community on a daily basis. Officers must present their government issued ID and badge.

Fans are encouraged to get to the Grizzlies’ games early to prevent any delays entering the arena, as the previously announced handwanding procedures will take place for tonight’s game vs. Chicago and Wednesday’s match-up vs. Milwaukee.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 5-Game Holiday Packs, 2012-13 Season Tickets, or 10- and 20-Game Flex Packs can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com. Tickets for the Plaza IV and Terrace IV sections are sold out. For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).