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Line of Duty Deaths up 900% This Year

Line of Duty Deaths up 900% This Year

Not pictured: Tommy Bishop

Chris Cosgriff / The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.

January 14, 2010

With just one day before January’s halfway point, line of duty deaths in 2010 are up 900% compared to the same time last year.

So far in 2010, ten law enforcement officers from nine different states have been killed in the line of duty: Four by gunfire and six in automobile or motorcycle crashes. As we honor their memories, and mourn their loss, every single person in the law enforcement community must also demand that the downward trend in deaths we’ve been experiencing over the past few years doesn’t come to end in 2010. Everyone must work together to remind rookies, veterans, and themselves that it is every cop’s responsibility to be safe out there.

Take it upon yourself to use and share these resources to assist you in that effort:

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s Drive Safely Campaign serves as a reminder to not only civilians, but also police officers, about the dangers posed on the roadways. Every officer and supporter should participate in the campaign.

For the raw numbers on the number of officers killed in vehicle crashes lately, visit the Officer Down Memorial Page and just take a look at the yearly breakdowns. The numbers are truly sobering.

I am personally calling on all officers to make a conscious decision to:

1) Wear your seatbelts

2) Remember that you’re no good as a backup officer if you don’t arrive

3) Always approach stopped vehicles in the safest location possible

One of the greatest honors a fallen officer can have is that his or her tragic loss saves the lives of other officers in the future. I urge everyone to honor each of this year’s fallen in that way.

For a complete list of this year’s fallen heroes, visit the Officer Down Memorial Page.



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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Craig Story - You were a great cop. You're loss is a tragic one for the community. May God watch over your family and your unborn child waiting to come into this world not even knowing that he's already lost his father. Rest in peace my brother in arms.

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    CAZ

    over 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    May our Brothers and Sisters rest in peace. They will not be forgotten.

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    ds212

    over 4 years ago

    1508 Comments

    Thank you Chris, all Brothers and Sisters stay safe and God Bless.

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    capasol

    over 4 years ago

    126 Comments

    Chris, thanks for the "Heads Up." We can all always be reminded to be safe. Stay safe.

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    alliebrat13

    over 4 years ago

    368 Comments

    Thank you for posting this article. I completely agree with you in that "One of the greatest honors a fallen officer can have is that his or her tragic loss saves the lives of other officers in the future."

    RIP Fallen Brothers and Sisters

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    bbsmith

    over 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    CHRIS THANK YOU FOR YOUR DETICATION TO THIS AND KEEPING IT IN THE FORE FRONT. IT IS A EVER PRESENT DANGER WE ALL SHOULD REMEMBER.

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    KFJames71

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Practice safety, watch out for eachother, don't get complacent; there is no such thing as a "routine" call/stop. Stay vigillant, stay alive!

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    armed_commander

    over 4 years ago

    268 Comments

    THAT'S REAL TRUE.. IT'S EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE SAFE. WE DON'T KNOW THEM, BUT THEY KNEW US.

    TO ALL THAT HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

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    keeneagle

    over 4 years ago

    42996 Comments

    Excellent reminders.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    A thought that we should all carry with us the remainder of this year and into the rest of our careers. We can't let the bastard that is death by the scourge take our brothers and sisters needlessly. Lets be careful out there and honor our friends passing be ensuring than we loose no more. RIP to those that have gone before

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    tjohnsonr18

    over 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    I completely agree, we need to take a little time to make sure that we all make it home. This thing of getting an email everyday of another brother or sister going down is really getting old. Just got back from the funeral for Cpl. Szuba and K-9 Ricky in Mishawaka Indiana, It is very tragic and wonderus at the same time. Threre where brothers and sisters from at least four states there just to prove that we all have a bond that is unbreakable from anyone in this world. I looked around today to see that a little peice of every officer was laid to rest today. So please everyone stay safe and watch out for each other, because nomatter what happens we are all part of the same family and will always be there for each other during what ever battle you may encounter. GOD BLESS us all and be safe.

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    brooklynsergeant

    over 4 years ago

    4392 Comments

    After a so called year of Officers deaths down, but multiple Officer attacks and murders up. We start the second decade of this century with a sharp increase in the number of Officer deaths, it is almost becomming a daily occurence that an Officer goes down. Vest Up, Call For Backup, Survival TacticsUsed on All Calls, Cover Your 6 and Cover Each Other!

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    justlogic

    over 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    I was wondering how the 900% figure was reached. This is a devastating figure and cause for great alarm. Everyone please,please, take that extra step of caution.

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    oldcowboy

    over 4 years ago

    2828 Comments

    I agree. Every stop an officer makes is a deadly foe until proven otherwise. With the breakdown of society here in the United States, the respect for authority has dimished and fear of consequence is being absent more and more. It is time for the good people to take back our country.

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    policeryan

    over 4 years ago

    852 Comments

    all gave some but these men gave all, thank you RIP brothers

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