Tuesday, May 12, 2020

End of Watch April 2020

April 2020 report showing 32 line of duty deaths, a 38% increase over the same time last year

In April 2020, 32 officers in the United States lost their lives in the line of duty; 23 of those line of duty deaths were the result of COVID-19 contracted while on duty.

Additionally, four officers died in April as the result of gunfire, three died as the result of automobile crashes, one died from vehicular assault, and one officer was struck by a vehicle.

At the end of April, a total of 69 officers had died in the line of duty, a 38% increase over the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in April 2020. Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:
 
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hopkins
El Paso County Sheriff's Office (TX)






Deputy Sheriff Terrell Young
Riverside County Sheriff's Department (CA)





Police Officer Marco DiFranco
Chicago Police Department (IL)






Deputy Sheriff Shannon Bennett
Broward County Sheriff's Office (FL)






Corrections Officer IV Kelvin D. Wilcher
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX)






Officer Breann Leath
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IN)




Sergeant Clifford W. Martin, Sr.
Chicago Police Department (IL)






Chief of Police Terry Engle
Hampton Police Department (IL)




Chief of Police Robert William Sealock
Aliquippa City Police Department (PA)




Deputy Sheriff Jeremy LaDue
Charleston County Sheriff's Office (SC)





Police Officer Jose Fontanez
Boston Police Department (MA)





Sergeant Joseph Spinosa
Sands Point Police Department (NY)




Detective Alex Ruperto
Union City Police Department (NJ)





Police Officer Ronald Newman
Chicago Police Department (IL)





Police Officer Justin Putnam
San Marcos Police Department (TX)




Police Officer Christopher Eric Ewing
Smyrna Police Department (GA)





Probation and Parole Agent Kaitlin Marie Cowley
Louisiana Dept of Public Safety and Corrections - Louisiana Probation and Parole (LA)



Warden Wilmot Sandlin "Sandy" McCain
Louisiana Department of Corrections (LA)





Corporal Lawrence Onley
United States Department of Defense - Naval District Washington Police Department (U.S. Govt)




Corrections Officer V Jonathon Keith Goodman
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX)




Police Officer Dan Walters
San Diego Police Department (CA)
Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX)





Police Officer Joseph Cappello
Melrose Park Police Department (IL)




Patrolman Gary Walker
Bloomingdale Police Department (NJ)



Agent Miguel Martínez-Ortiz
Puerto Rico Police Department (PR)



Lieutenant Glenn Dale Hutto, Jr. 
Baton Rouge Police Department (LA)





Deputy Sheriff John Andrew Rhoden
Bell County Sheriff's Office (TX)




Corrections Officer Coy D. Coffman, Jr. 
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX)



Corrections Officer V James D. Coleman
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX)




Senior Police Officer Mark Hall, Sr. 
New Orleans Police Department (LA)




Detective Sergeant Randall C. French
Troy Police Department (NY)





Detention Deputy Timothy De La Fuente
Bexar County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Monday, April 6, 2020

End of Watch March 2020



In March of 2020, eleven law enforcement officers died in the line of duty across the United States. Of those eleven deaths, five were the result of gunfire, five were auto-related (three automobile crashes, one vehicular assault, one vehicle pursuit), and one was the result of a heart attack.

The total number of line of duty deaths in 2020 stands at 32 at the end of March, which is a 20% decrease from the same time period last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in March. Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:

Police Officer Brent William Perry Scrimshire
Hot Springs Police Department (AR)






Sergeant James R. O'Connor IV
Philadelphia Police Department (PA)





Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh
Springfield Police Department (MO)






Deputy Sheriff Kenterrous Taylor
Bibb County Sheriff's Office (GA)







Senior Deputy Christopher Scott Korzilius
Travis County Sheriff's Office (TX)







Police Officer Kaia LaFay Grant
Springdale Police Department (OH)







Trooper Justin R. Schaffer
Washington State Patrol (WA)





Trooper Nolan James Sanders
North Carolina Highway Patrol (NC)







Sergeant Ben Jenkins
Nevada Highway Patrol (NV)







Commander Greg Carnicle
Phoenix Police Department (AZ)






Sheriff Kirk A. Coker
Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Officer Down Memorial Page statement on LEO deaths and COVID-19

Update: View all confirmed line of duty deaths as a result of COVID-19 on ODMP.

During this difficult period for Americans and American law enforcement officers, staff at the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) continue to monitor incidents in which law enforcement officers have died as the result of contracting COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all families and agencies that have been affected.

ODMP has established criteria for evaluating the deaths of law enforcement officers as the result of illnesses, such as COVID-19. The portion of our criteria related to illnesses reads *:

Health Related Causes: Any law enforcement officer who dies as a result of any health related cause (illness, disease, infection, etc.) that is a direct result of the officer's law enforcement duties.

Example scenarios:

·         Contraction of an infectious disease or illness such as Hepatitis or AIDS
·         Contraction of an infection or illness as a result of a duty related illness
·         Health related issues due to a HAZMAT incident

Evidence of a direct relation between a duty related incident and the contraction of a disease or illness much be presented in the form of official documentation.

We evaluate each potential case on an individual basis in order to ensure there is clear or presumptive documentation indicating that the illness was, in fact, a direct result of law enforcement duties and not contracted while off duty. We rely on each affected agency to supply the appropriate documentation.

Due to the complex and unique nature of each incident, it often takes much longer than normal to make a line of duty death determination due to illnesses such as COVID-19.

Like all Americans and citizens globally, we continue to pray for a speedy resolution to this pandemic.

* ODMP's full Criteria for Inclusion can be reviewed at https://www.odmp.org/info/criteria-for-inclusion