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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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  • Dsc00066_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Not only is it a truly sad day, the tenth fallen officer being a friend on mine but all of these fine men and women who have lost their lives senslessly. We have got to do a better job of taking care of our own. I have been heavy hearted all day and this subject has been on my mind, eating at me all day. This really sucks.

  • Sheriff_3_max50


    over 4 years ago


    LEO's need to band together now more than ever and be aware of your surroundings...

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thanks for the article Chris. Everyone be extra vigilant, PLEASE!!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    when did LEO open season begin? There has been too many deaths in the line of duty this year. I hope and pray that you all stay safe and watch your six. I am still new to this job but, I don't want to see any of my brothers or sisters killed...... May god have mercy on the families affected.

  • Patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    leo's always remember to arrive alive to emergency calls

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I have said it for a long time, if you shoot at a LEO you should be executed even if you don't kill him and it should not take 20 years to do it. To try to injure a LEO you are taking a stance against our entire country and the values it holds precious because that badge represents our liberties and freedoms that make our country great.

  • 200px-flag_of_the_united_states_svg_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The greatest honor a fallen officer should have is to know that his family will be taken care for ever and that his tragic loss saves the lives of others. To many widows are left with a one time payment for his or her death and then they are forgotten.
    It is sad when the media only recognizes an officer when he is killed in the line of duty, but calls all professional sports players as heroes of the communities.
    My daughter has been trying for over eight years to get attention to the needs of police who are injured in the line of duty. She has sent her letter to the current and previous president as well as numerous politicians, to no avail. The following is the link for her letter.

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    L.E.O. Brother's and Sister's. All of us pray that we come home safe everyday that we work. But we also need to add in our prayers that God will watch over everyone serving in law enforcement. Really I do believe times are getting harder and criminals are getting bolder. God Bless you all. And may he give peace to the families that have lost a loved one in law enforcement.

  • Imagesca4xarl3gatekeeper911_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I Said it Yesterday in our Officer Down Form, These People out there are Outta Hand! Stay Safe Out There Brothers and Sisters, I don't see The General Public as a whole the least bit upset with all our LEO Losses, so that's gotta tell us something, Bottom Line! Make sure Your Going Home after Your Detail come hell or highwater, Your Going Home! GOD Bless & Keep You All Safe Always, and Thank You For Your Dedicated Service.

  • Trot_copy_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Keep safe everyone.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 4 years ago


    This was a great article. It hit great points. Now all we have to do is listen, slow down, take every precaution we can and go home at the end of shift. Also make sure to tell the one's you love how you feel before you leave for shift. We are not promised tomorrow.

  • At18077_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Humanity goes crazy!
    In many countries, politicians have yet to recognize the signs of the times.
    Let the dead colleagues serve as a warning.
    Stay safe & take care!!!!!!!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Good article Chris..........stay safe and SMART out there you all! RIP to all those gone way before their time........someone had submitted an article right before the end of last year about officer assainations. I pray you all stay strong, and wise, and don't let the elements that would do you harm win! God Bless you all!

  • Picture_008_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is terrible numbers c'mon everyone watch out for each other and watch your six... Don't rush in just wait for back up...Not every situation can be avoided but most can...

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Excellent points!!! I'd like to add: wear your vest, wait for your back-up (if it's assigned), be aware of your surroundings and stay alert!!

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