Friday, March 3, 2017
In February 2017, ten law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, bringing the yearly total for 2017 up to 23 officers.
Of the ten line of duty deaths in February 2017, four were auto-related, two were the result of heart attacks, one was due to felonious gunfire, one was assault, one drowned, and one was exposed to toxins.
Line of duty deaths are up 35% over this time last year, however, auto-related deaths, at 10 already in just the first two months of 2017, are up 233% over this point in 2016.
The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in February 2017. Please take the time to read their memorials and Remember the Fallen:
Lieutenant Steven Floyd
Delaware Department of Corrections, DE
Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw
Metro Nashville Police Department, TN
Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher
Richmond County Sheriff's Office, GA
Major Jay R. Memmelaar, Jr.
Goldsboro Police Department, NC
Special Agent Rickey O'Donald
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government
Police Officer Keith Boyer
Whittier Police Department, CA
Officer Lucas F. Chellew
California Highway Patrol, CA
Deputy Sheriff Michael Foley
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, CA
Deputy Sheriff Michael Butler
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, GA
Deputy Sergeant Kevin Haverly
Greene County Sheriff's Office, NY
Friday, February 3, 2017
In January 2017, thirteen law enforcement officers from ten different states and one Tribal Police agency gave their lives in the line of duty. Of those, twelve were male and one was female.
The causes of death were varied: 5 officers died as a result of felonious gunfire, 5 died in motor vehicle accidents (1 motorcycle and 4 automobile), 2 died as the result of illnesses, and 1 died as a result of vehicular assault.
The Officer Down Memorial Page sends our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies that lost a loved one in January 2017.
Please take a moment to read their memorials and Remember the Fallen:
Detective Chad Parque
North Las Vegas Police Department, NV
Lieutenant Debra Clayton
Orlando Police Department, FL
Deputy First Class Norman Lewis
Orange County Sheriff's Office, FL
Detective Steven McDonald
New York City Police Department, NY
Chief of Police Randy Gibson
Kalama Police Department, WA
Sheriff Steven Lawrence Ackerman
Lea County Sheriff's Office, NM
Detective Jerry Walker
Little Elm Police Department, TX
Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery
Rolette County Sheriff's Office, ND
Police Officer Raymond Murrell
Bloomingdale Police Department, IL
Police Officer Michael Louviere
Westwego Police Department, LA
Police Officer David J. Fahey
Cleveland Police Department, OH
Police Officer Nathan B. Graves
Sac and Fox Nation Police Department, Tribal Police
Deputy Chief James G. Molloy
New York City Police Department, NY
Friday, January 20, 2017
One way in which the Officer Down Memorial Page works to honor fallen heroes is through researching those line of duty deaths that have been forgotten to time, leaving those deserving officers unrecognized for the sacrifices they made.
In the past twenty years, ODMP has discovered and verified more than 1,600 historic line of duty deaths (LODDs) that were previously unknown. Because of the efforts of our researchers, most of whom are volunteers who dedicate their own time to this important cause, those forgotten heroes are now honored on the ODMP and on other local, state, and national memorials.
Two recently discovered line of duty deaths highlight a statistic that often goes undiscussed: the number of female officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Our research team recently discovered and honored Chief Probation Officer Lucile M. Myers of the Lake County Juvenile Probation Department (IN), who was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 21, 1926 while investigating a child welfare case. She had served with the Probation Department for five years.
Officer Myers is only the fifth known female law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty, and she is the FIRST known to have died as the result of felonious gunfire. The next known incident in which a female officer was shot and killed in the line of duty did not take place until nearly five decades later, in 1971.
Assistant to the Deputy Warden Sandra JoAnn Bachmann of the Arizona Department of Corrections, who died in the line of duty while overseeing prisoners who were detailed as a firefighting crew during a wildfire in Tonto National Forest near Payson, Arizona. She had served with the Arizona Department of Corrections for seven years.
While they make up just a small percentage of the overall total number of LODDs, it is worth noting that 316 female officers have died in the line of duty in U.S. history. Given the fact that women were not often allowed to serve as law enforcement officers until much more recently in the history of our country, that number is not insignificant.
Already in 2017, one female officer has died in the line of duty. In the last five years (2012-2016), 42 female officers have given their lives in the line of duty. The FBI estimated in 2013 that about 12% of law enforcement officers in the U.S. were female. These numbers have slowly but steadily increased over the last few decades. Female line of duty deaths, then, is obviously and unfortunately a statistic that will continue to grow as more and more women serve in law enforcement than ever in U.S. history.
The Officer Down Memorial Page is proud to honor the lives of the women who have died in the line of duty. We will continue to work to honor all fallen heroes and to ensure that every officer who makes the ultimate sacrifice is remembered and recognized.