fbi cleveland citizens academy alumni association events

POSTPONED: Flags for Honor


The 2020 Flags for Honor Flag Dedication set for Edgewater Park this weekend has been postponed until a later date. We recognize and understand the inconvenience and disappointment the postponement may cause. However, we believe that it is the right decision for our honorees, attendees, sponsors, and organization due to current conditions and ongoing COVID-19 concerns. A postponement date will be announced soon.

We want to thank all our members, sponsors, and partners for their support, open discussions, and encouragement. Great things happen when the community comes together and connects. For this reason, we fully intend to host this event later in the year. We will be working with our sponsors and partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.

We will continue our campaign to recognize and celebrate honorees and sponsors on and the Virtual Flag Dedication throughout the year. We will also be having a special celebration for our honorees and sponsors on our FBI CLECAAA Facebook page each week.  If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


This event is to recognize and celebrate distinguished members of our community. This free, patriotic event features an awe-inspiring display of American flags made possible by the donations of community members, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, and more. Honorees can include:

– COVID-19 First Responders
– Law Enforcement Officers
– Firefighters
– Active or Reserve U.S. Military Personnel
– U.S. Military Veterans
– Mentors, Teachers, and Coaches
– Healthcare Providers
– Social Workers
– Volunteers
– And many other heroes!

To dedicate a flag to special heroes in your life, visit

The American flags will be displayed at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio. In the park, they will be located along the walk to the pavilion, providing a beautiful drive-by viewing opportunity down Route 20. The event will be open to the public and live-streamed on the FBICLECAAA’s Facebook page, providing a terrific display for many people to observe and enjoy.

50% of all proceeds will benefit MedWish and Medworks who are supporting our local communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing essential medical supplies, protective gear, food, and healthcare services. We are proud to help support their mission. Visit for more information.


Recent Past Events:

2020 Chasing the Dragon Poster Contest

To combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA released “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addition. Click here to view the documentary. In collaboration with other sponsors and contributors, we held our 4th annual “Chasing the Dragon” Poster Contest to further raise awareness of the opiate epidemic. This competition was available to all students in grades 7-12 who live within the area of responsibility of FBI Cleveland Division. The contest was broken down into three grade categories: 7th – 8th grade, 9th – 10th grade, and 11th – 12th grade. Each grade category had four winners: 1st place: $1,000.00, 2nd place $500.00, 3rd place $250.00, Honorable Mention: $100.00. Schools were also invited to submit their current or new detailed drug education plan; best plan was eligible to win $500.00 for their schools’ drug education program. Thank you to all the students that participated!

7th – 8th Grade Winners:

1. Emmelyn W.

2020 chasing the dragon winner

2. Yonyel S.

2020 fbiclecaaa chasing the dragon

3. Camilie B.

2020 fbiclecaaa chasing the dragon

4. Bella K.

2020 chasing the dragon poster contest

2019 Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting

December 5, 2019: Holiday Inn-Rockside in Independence, Ohio

FBICLECAAA graduates celebrated the holiday season on Thursday, December 5th at the Holiday Inn in Independence at our annual holiday reception and annual meeting. The evening featured a networking reception, association member update, FBI Q&A, and an exciting “Year in Review” presentation from FBI ASACs Bryan Smith and Todd Krajeck. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with soft drinks and a cash bar.

2019 Honoring Hometown Heroes

October 18, 2019: Michael Angelo’s Winery in Richfield, Ohio

The FBICLECAAA believes it is important to promote awareness of local heroes who have performed selfless acts in the interest of others. The annual Honoring Hometown Heroes event was established by the FBICLECAAA to provide recognition of incredible individuals in four categories: Safety Forces Hero, Citizen Hero, Unsung Hero, and Community Leader Hero. 2019’s honorees were Safety Forces Hero Detective Dan Smith, Citizen Hero Jason Zakrajsek, Unsung Hero Joyce Fetzer, and Community Leader Hero Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons. The 2019 Keynote Speaker was Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ret. Michael T. Hall. The event was emceed by WKYC’s Lynna Lai, and the National Anthem was performed by Laura Pedersen. You do not need to be a member to attend, and we encourage you to invite your friends and associates. Thank you to our 2019 Honoring Hometown Heroes sponsors for their generous support: Bert, Mike, and the Kennedy Family, World Synergy, Markers, Inc., Brad Roller, and Ryan and Diana Marvar.