Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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.
Friday, October 2, 2015
September 2015 saw the end of watch for fourteen law enforcement officers.
Five of those deaths were the result of felonious gunfire, four were the result of automobile accidents, two were the result of heart attack, two were due to 9/11-related illness, and one was the result of a medical emergency during a training exercise.
Each of these fallen heroes deserves our thanks and gratitude and will be remembered and honored for having given their lives in service.
The Officer Down Memorial Page sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one in September 2015.
Please take a moment to read the memorial for each of these fallen heroes:Sergeant Miguel Perez-Rios
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
Lieutenant Roy McLaughlin
Yonkers Police Department, NY
Deputy Chief John P. McKee
City University of New York Public Safety Department, NY
Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder
Kentucky State Police, KY
Deputy Sheriff Steven "Brett" Hawkins
Harrison County Sheriff's Office, MO
Deputy Sheriff Dwight Darwin Maness
McHenry County Sheriff's Department, IL
Deputy Sheriff Richard Allen Hall
Chatham County Sheriff's Office, GA
Sergeant Eric Meier
Crawford Police Department, NY
Trooper Kyle D. Young
Vermont State Police, VT
Police Officer Kevin Toatley
DeKalb County Police Department, GA
Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith
Virginia State Police
Deputy Sheriff Bill Myers
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela
Madison County Sheriff's Office, TN
Police Officer Greg Alia
Forest Acres Police Department, SC