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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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  • Cdcr_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I just commented on this same topic this morning. We all need to stay safe out there and watch our backs...

    To all that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, THANK YOU and RIP.

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I honor all the LEOs who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I will watch my six and that of my fellow brothers and sisters. Everyone, please remember we come to work to go back home to our loved ones. May God be with you all !!

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Stick together, be safe and get home to your families, please be careful!

  • Pl1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My condolences on each and every loss in our blue family, we need to get over the my dept. attitude is better than yours and realize no matter what color uniform you wear WE are all fair game and we need to back each other up, share intell on the road among officers and watch out for each other and also THANK YOU Chris Cosgriff for the work you do.

  • Police_cartoon_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A rather disturbing trend to say the least. We just have to keep in mind that we never know who we're gonna be dealing with or what their capable of. Just keep your eyes and ears open.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    The best words to put it brother.... Yes...!
    We got no choice but to stick together...
    Gotta tell ya... One most watch for any brother out there... On duty and/or Off duty...

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Please remember to buckle you have enough to worry about without being in an accident unprotected by that little belt. It can SAVE your life! I pray for your safety daily, I love you guys and gals, giving unselfishly of yourselves to protect our cities,counties and states! Thank you all, for what you do...God bless and.....PLEASE BE SAFE!

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Everyone please be careful. RIP to all the officers we have lost so far and God Bless their families.

  • Don_27t_20tred_20on_20me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Just another reason why every state should bring back (and use) the death penalty.

  • 129_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Please you all be carefull out there remember you all have families to get home to after you're watch and Remember the Lakewood Four in you're thoughts and prayers and don't have your E.O.W end in a Memorial Be Safe and live to fight another day and be thankfull that you do go home every night to be with you're families....
    Thank You for all that you do

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank You..!!..Chris. I will strive to be careful and watchful as I carry out my duties to "Protect and Serve".

  • Me_and_my_friend_ashley_at_rack_daddys_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The 7th officer pictured Craig Story was a friend of mine i knew him you will be missed take care man you are in a better place now

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Chris, I also would like to thank you for the job that you do. God Bless

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Is this rising rate in officer deaths related to how weak the economy is? It's what I have heard! People are so afraid to have to pay they would rather take in chance to get out of their consequences a life and pay even harder because of that chance and cause more harm to another persons family and friends. Its terrible I would rather eat ramen noodles the rest of my life!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Chris, thank you for all of the hard work that you do for our profession. And thank you for the time that you put into this site as well as the Officer Down Memorial Page!

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