June 2015 fortunately had fewer line of duty deaths than the preceding month. However, with nine line of duty deaths, it was still a tragic and deadly month.
One death was the result of a 9/11-related illness: the 162nd law enforcement officer to die as a direct result of the terror attack on September 11, 2001.
Five of the nine line of duty deaths this month were vehicular -- one motorcycle accident, two automobile accidents, and two accidents during vehicle pursuits. These incidents bring the number of auto-related deaths in 2015 up to 28, a 4% increase over this time last year, and a sobering reminder of the dangers inherent in even the most routine aspects of this job.
Two of the deaths this month were the result of felonious gunfire, bringing the total number up to 16 this year.
The other line of duty death in June occurred when an officer died due to complications during a surgical procedure required because of an assault he sustained in February of this year.
Please take a moment to recognize these heroes whose watch ended in June 2015:
Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service
EOW Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sheriff Ladson O'Connor
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Officer Rick Silva
Chehalis Police Department, WA
EOW Thursday, June 18, 2015
Officer Sonny Kim
Cincinnati Police Department, OH
EOW Friday, June 19, 2015
Officer Daryle Holloway
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW Saturday, June 20, 2015
Trooper Eric K. Chrisman
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sergeant Christopher Kelley
Hutto Police Department, TX
EOW Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sergeant Korby Kennedy
San Angelo Police Department, TX
EOW Thursday, June 25, 2015
Officer David Joseph Nelson
Bakersfield Police Department, CA
EOW Saturday, June 26, 2015
The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies of these fallen heroes. May they rest in peace.