Friday, November 20, 2015

Support ODMP in the Giving Tower Challenge

On December 1st -- #GivingTuesday -- the Officer Down Memorial Page will join with other non-profits and charities in the Giving Tower Challenge to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Each donation made to the Officer Down Memorial Page through the Giving Tower link that day counts as a brick in a virtual tower; last year's tower grew to be the 5th tallest building in the world.  This year the goal is to create the tallest "building" in the world and show the true impact of all of our collective giving.

In addition, the organization that raises the most money on December 1st will win an additional $25,000 for their charity.

We are asking our loyal supporters to help by joining our team -- the ODMP Band of Blue -- and becoming fundraisers. By reaching out to your friends and family to raise awareness and money for our cause, imagine the impact we can have.

Every dollar we raise in the Giving Tower Challenge will be used to help ODMP fulfill it's mission of honoring fallen law enforcement heroes.  Some of the programs your donation will support include:

  • Creating and maintaining the more than 22,000 Memorial & Reflection pages for each fallen officer on ODMP, including fallen K9 heroes
  •  Sending more than 3 million Line of Duty Death notifications annually
  • Supporting the survivors of the fallen through our comprehensive benefits database
  • Keeping cop killers behind bars through our No Parole program
If you're interested in helping make this year's Giving Tower more successful than ever before, and if you want to support ODMP and honor fallen law enforcement heroes, please consider joining our team and ask your family and friends to donate in support of a great cause.

#GivingTuesday is next week on December 1st, so mark your calendars and get ready to show just what kind of impact we can have when we all work together in support of a good cause.

As always, we at ODMP thank you for your generous support and appreciate all that you do!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Officer Down Memorial Page: End of Watch Report October 2015

Following on the heels of two very deadly months, October seemed relatively peaceful with only seven line of duty deaths.  Each of those, however, marked the End of Watch for an individual who dedicated his life to public safety, and so we all suffer a loss with the passing of each of these heroes.

Of the seven line of duty deaths in October, three were the result of automobile accidents, three were the result of gunfire, and one was the result of a duty-related illness.

Although we can take solace in the fact that line of duty deaths are down 5% from this point last year, and even more in the fact that gunfire line of duty deaths are down 20%, it is important to point out that auto-related deaths -- which are often preventable -- are up 5% in 2015.  Addressing this critical issue could potentially save many lives.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in October 2015, and asks that you take a moment to read their memorials and remember their service.

Police Officer Anthony Lossiah
Cherokee Indian Police Department, Tribal Police

Investigator Steven Martin Sandberg
Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, MN

Detective Randolph Holder
New York City Police Department, NY

Park Ranger James Marvin Wallen, Jr.
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept, TN

Deputy Constable Jeffrey Radford
Bell County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX

Police Officer Daniel Scott Webster
Albuquerque Police Department, NM

Sergeant William "Karl" Keesee
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Band of Blue

While the “Thin Blue Line” has long been the symbol that represents law enforcement officers (LEOs), those of us who have taken that oath to protect and serve know that that blue line is made up not only of police officers, but of family, friends, and community supporters as well.

These people make up what we like to call the Band of Blue.

As we come into the last quarter of 2015 and begin looking back at the year, we at ODMP would like to recognize the Band of Blue: those individuals across the country and around the world who acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifice of the men and women behind the badge. 

Without the support of that Band of Blue, we at ODMP would not be able to carry out OUR mission to honor those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and to ensure that their memories are kept alive and their sacrifices remembered.

And so we would like to take this chance to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for supporting the Officer Down Memorial Page. 

Thank you for supporting law enforcement. 

Thank you for remembering our fallen heroes.

Thank you for being a part of the the Band of Blue.