Friday, January 8, 2021

End of Watch Report December 2020

 

In the final month of 2020, a total of 26 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. Of those line of duty deaths, 19 were the result of COVID, 4 were the result of gunfire (3 felonious, 1 inadvertent), 2 were auto-related (1 motorcycle crash, 1 struck by vehicle), and 1 was the result of 9/11-related cancer.

The final number of line of duty deaths in 2020 currently stands at 304, which is more than double the 2019 total. Without doubt, 2020 was the deadliest year for law enforcement in almost a century.  The last time annual line of duty deaths topped 300 was in 1932. 

In addition, a further 200+ potential line of duty COVID deaths are still pending verification, which  means that 2020 may end up being the deadliest year for law enforcement in all of U.S. history.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death. We ask our supporters to take a moment to read the memorials of those officers who died in the line of duty in December 2020 and remember the fallen.


Deputy Sheriff Jared Michael Allison
Nash County Sheriff's Office (NC)
 
Chief Deputy Constable M. Wayne Rhodes
Denton County Constable's Office - Precinct 2 (TX)
 
Officer Andy Ornelas
California Highway Patrol (CA)

Detective Sergeant Te'Juan Fontrese "T.J." Johnson
Charlestown Police Department (IN)

Officer Jose A. Santana
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations (U.S. Govt)



Officer Jose A. Santana
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations (U.S. Govt)

Patrolman Cassie Marie Johnson
Charleston Police Department (WV)
 
Sergeant Herschel Turner
Moline Acres Police Department (MO)

Trooper Jennifer M. Czarnecki
New York State Police (NY)

Captain Billy DeWayne Allen, Sr.
U.S. Dept of Defense - Fort Sill Police Department (U.S. Govt)

Sergeant Lyle Gene Denny
Panhandle Police Department (TX)
 
Corrections Officer V Timothy Beggs
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division (TX)
 
Police Officer Tyler Avery Herndon
Mount Holly Police Department (NC)
 
Master Corporal Norman Daye, Jr.
Guilford County Sheriff's Office (NC)
 
Lieutenant Russell Freeman
Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RI)

Corrections Officer IV Harold Paul "Skip" Smith, Jr.Beggs
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division (TX)
 
Police Officer Jason Nicholas Shuping
Concord Police Department (NC)

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon
Wayne County Sheriff's Office (MI)
 
Officer Andrew Raymond Bouchard
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division (TX)

Lieutenant Craig L. King
Tarrant County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Police Officer Christopher Lynn Elder
Milford Police Department (TX)

Sergeant David Lynn Schmidt
Seagoville Police Department (TX)

Security Control Specialist Jerry William Jones
Tarrant County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Corrections Officer V Phillip Holbert
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division (TX)

Officer Randall Versie Smith
Birmingham Police Department (AL)

Corrections Officer V Joe Landin
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division (TX)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

November 2020 End of Watch Report


In November 2020, eighteen law enforcement officers died in the line of duty nationally.  Of those eighteen, fourteen died as a result of COVID-19. Three died from gunfire, and one died due to drowning.  The year-to-date total for line of duty deaths stands at 271 at the end of November, an 83% increase from the same time 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 November 2020. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers who died in the line of duty last month and remember the fallen:

Lieutenant Loyd Ray Hamm
Richland Parish Sheriff's Office (LA)


Deputy Sheriff Johnny R. Trunches
Harris County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Sergeant William Darnell
Dewitt Township Police Department (MI)

First Lieutenant Roberto Rodríguez-Hernández
Puerto Rico Police Department (PR)

Police Officer Marshall Waters, Jr.
Mangham Police Department (LA)

Officer Domingo Jasso, III
United States Dept of Homeland Security - CBP- Office of Field Operations (U.S. Govt)

Sergeant Sean Rios
Houston Police Department (TX)
 
Police Officer Travis C. Wallace
Helena-West Helena Police Department (AR)

Agent Juan R. Ramírez-Padilla
Puerto Rico Police Department (PR)
 
Lieutenant Marzell Jerome Brooks
Brookhaven Police Department (MS)

Air Interdiction Agent Christopher Doyle Carney
U.S. Dept of Homeland Security - CBP - Air and Marine Operations (U.S. Govt)

Police Officer Charlie Cortez
Tulalip Tribal Police Department (Tribal Police)

Correctional Officer Richard Allen Wright
Missouri Department of Corrections (MO)

Detention Officer Dwight Willis
Greene County Sheriff's Office (MO)

Correctional Officer Glenn F. Martinez
Guam Department of Corrections (Guam)

Captain Philip Edward Street
Walker County Sheriff's Office (GA)

Senior Police Officer Ernest Leal, Jr.
Houston Police Department (TX)

Deputy Sheriff John "Sonny" Kuhar, Jr.
Cambria County Sheriff's Office (PA)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

End of Watch Report October 2020


In October 2020, seventeen law enforcement officers across the country died in the line of duty, bringing our year-to-date total to 240 fallen officers.  This represents a 104% increase over the same time in 2019.

Of the seventeen deaths in October, seven were the result of COVID-19, four were the result of gunfire, four were auto-related (two vehicular assault, two automobile crashes), one was the result of a duty-related illness, and one was a heart attack.

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 and we ask that our supporters take a moment to read the memorials and remember the fallen:




Police Officer Aubrey Travis Johnson, Jr.
Miami Police Department (FL)

Correctional Officer Donald E. Parker
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Institutional Division (TX)


Sergeant Dennis R. Oliver, Jr.
Highland Village Police Department (TX)
 
Police Officer Jacob William Hancher
Myrtle Beach Police Department (SC)
 
Detective Kevin Dwaine Collins
Pine Bluff Police Department (AR)
 

Sheriff Peter Smith
Sumter County Sheriff's Office (GA)

Detective Curt Holland
Commerce City Police Department (CO)

Major Rickie A. Groves
Kennett Police Department (MO)

Investigator Lemuel Delray Bruce
Houston  Fire Marshal's Office (TX)

Sergeant Harry Cohen
Riverside County Sheriff's Department (CA)

Sergeant Conley Jumper
Greenville County Sheriff's Office (SC)

Sergeant Harold L. Preston
Houston Police Department (TX)
 
Police Officer Alex Arango
Everman Police Department (TX)
 
Corporal Adam McMillan
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (OH)

Deputy Sheriff Raul Gomez
Wharton County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Corporal Daniel R. Abramovitz
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office (KS)

Corporal Avery Hillman
Crisp County Sheriff's Office (GA)