(Panama City, Panama)  On January 20, 2017, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Panama Chapter with the support of the HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter together raised funds to support the Damas de ASUL (Ladies of Blue – the Panamanian Fallen Officer Fund).  U.S. Ambassador John Feely hosted the presentation of HAPCOA funds at a special event held within the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama.

Attending the event and matching the HAPCOA donation was Carlos “Caliche” Ruiz, a Panamanian professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball, who in Panama is a well-known sports icon.

Ambassador Feely shared with those attending the event a story from his childhood remembering his Uncle who while working for a New Jersey Police Department was killed in the line of duty while working in an undercover capacity.

Local Panamanian news outlets covered the event and HAPCOA was recognized by Ambassador Feely for its efforts in support of fallen Police Officials.  The HAPCOA Panama Chapter includes members of US Law Enforcement (active and retired) and senior members of Panamanian Law Enforcement.


At the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama, HAPCOA & “Caliche” Ruiz present a check to the Damas de ASUL in support of the Panamanian National Police.


Carlos “Caliche” Ruiz and HAPCOA Panama Chapter President Julio Burgos.