Thursday, September 7, 2017

End of Watch Report August 2017

August 2017 tied January as the deadliest month of 2017 with 14 line of duty deaths.  Two incidents in August resulted in multiple officer fatalities: one in Virginia and one in Florida.  Of the 14 officers who gave their lives last month, four died as a result of gunfire, four died in auto-related incidents (three automobile crashes and one vehicle pursuit), two died as the result of heart attacks, two died in an aircraft crash, one died as the result of an animal bite, and one drowned.  Line of duty deaths took place in seven different states and in Puerto Rico.

At the end of August, line of duty deaths stood at 86 for the year, slightly below this point in 2016.

The Officer Down Memorial Page offers our condolences to the family, friends, and agencies that lost a loved one to a line of duty death in August 2017.  Please take a moment to read the memorials and Remember the Fallen:

Deputy Sheriff Jason Fann
Yoakum County Sheriff's Department (TX)

Police Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr.
Clinton Police Department (MO)

Detective Elise Ybarra
Abilene Police Department (TX)

Corporal Monty D. Platt
West Texas A&M University Police Dept (TX)

Lieutenant Pilot Henry John "Jay" Cullen III
Virginia State Police (VA)

Trooper Pilot Berke M. M. Bates
Virginia State Police (VA)

Deputy Sheriff James E. Clark
Quitman County Sheriff's Office (MS)

Correctional Officer David Torres-Chaparro
Puerto Rico Police Department (PR)

Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter
Kissimmee Police Department (FL)

Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard
Kissimmee Police Department (FL)

Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt
Lake County Sheriff's Office (CA)

Deputy Sheriff Timothy Braden
Drew County Sheriff's Office (AR)

Sergeant Steve Perez
Houston Police Department (TX)

Deputy Sheriff Robert French
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (CA)