Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Officer Down Memorial Page: End of Watch Report May 2016

May 2016 saw the line of duty deaths of seven law enforcement officers in the United States.  Three of those line of duty deaths were the result of felonious gunfire, one LODD was the result of a heart attack, one was due to a motorcycle accident, one was the result of a vehicle pursuit, and one was animal-related.

These seven deaths bring the yearly total to 39, which is a 27% total decrease in comparison to this time last year.  Auto-related deaths are down by 29%, which is an encouraging trend.  Gunfire deaths, however, stand at 19 this year - making up nearly half of the total line of duty deaths so far in 2016 and up 36% over this time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in May 2016.

Please take moment to read the memorial pages of the officers who gave their lives in May 2016.  Remember the Fallen:

Sergeant Jorge Ramos
Florida Department of Corrections, FL

Investigator Anthony "TJ" Freeman
Bibb County Sheriff's Office, GA

Detective Brad D. Lancaster
Kansas City Police Department, KS

Police Officer David Van Glasser
Phoenix Police Department, AZ

Police Officer Sean R. Johnson
Hilliard Division of Police, OH

Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.
Auburn Police Department, MA

Deputy Sheriff Michael Winter
Branch County Sheriff's Office, MI

Friday, May 6, 2016

Officer Down Memorial Page End of Watch Report: April 2016

In April 2016, two law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the United States; one line of duty death was the result of gunfire, and the other was the result of an automobile accident.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our condolences and sympathy to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in April 2016.

Please take a moment to read their memorials and Remember the Fallen.

Police Officer Steven Michael Smith
Columbus Division of Police (OH)

Border Patrol Agent Jose Daniel Barraza
United States Border Patrol (U.S. Government)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride

The Officer Down Memorial Ride (ODMR) is an annual motorcycle event held in Haymarket, VA each year to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement heroes and to raise awareness and provide support to the Officer Down Memorial Page. 

This year's ride takes place in less than two weeks on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

The ODMR brings together hundreds of law enforcement motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters from around the country to pay tribute to America's fallen heroes.   The ride follows a scenic 60-mile circuit through the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and culminates in a day of music, food, police motor demonstrations, and various vendor offerings.

Registration for the ODMR is still open for a few more day, so if you'd like to participate, sign up before April 9th!  All pre-registrants receive a free 5th Anniversary ODMR t-shirt.  If you can't make it to Virginia, but would still like to participate and get your free t-shirt mailed to you, register as a Spirit Rider!  On-site registration will also be available beginning at 9AM on the day of the ride. 

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the ride, which has raised more than $80,000 to benefit ODMP since it's inception. To mark the ODMR's 5th Anniversary, the fundraising goal for this year's event is $5000.  All proceeds go to the Officer Down Memorial Page to support our mission of honoring the more than 22,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in U.S. history.  If you can't make it to the ride but would still like to support this great event, you can donate here!

Thank you for your support and generosity and we hope to see you at the 5th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride later this month!