Monday, April 4, 2016

Officer Down Memorial Page End of Watch Report: March 2016

March 2016 was by far the deadliest month of this year, with more total line of duty deaths than the previous two months combined.

In all, sixteen officers lost their lives in the line of duty in March 2016.  Of those deaths, five were due to gunfire (one accidental and four felonious), ten were vehicle related (six automobile accidents, one motorcycle accident, two struck by vehicles, and one case of vehicular assault), and the remaining line of duty death was the result of a heart attack.

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

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

Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, CO

Police Officer David Stefan Hofer
Euless Police Department, TX

Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald
South Jacksonville Police Department, IL

Trooper Sean E. Cullen
New Jersey State Police, NJ

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, FL

Officer Nathan Taylor
California Highway Patrol, CA

 Police Officer I Jacai D. Colson
 Prince George's County Police Department, MD

Patrolman David Ortiz 
El Paso Police Department, TX

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portraro
West Virginia State Police, WV

 Trooper Thomas Clardy
 Massachusetts State Police, MA

Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville Police Department, SC

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz
Howard County Sheriff's Department, IN

Police Officer Susan Louise Farrell
Des Moines Police Department, IA


Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales
Des Moines Police Department, IA

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX

Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer
Virginia State Police, VA