Wednesday, May 9, 2018

National Police Week 2018




In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that day falls as National Police Week.  Since 1982, a memorial service has been held in Washington D.C. during Police Week to honor fallen law enforcement officers.  When it began, it was a small gathering of about 120 people, but in the decades since has grown exponentially; now between 20-40,000 law enforcement officers and supporters gather in the nation's capital for this event each year.

For the last 12 years, the Officer Down Memorial Page has hosted the National Police Week 5K on the first Saturday of Police Week.  This year's event, which includes over 2700 runners and walkers in D.C. and virtual runners around the world, will take place on May 12th.

Other important Police Week events include the Memorial Service hosted by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Candlelight Vigil hosted by NLEOMF, the Road to Hope bike ride hosted by Law Enforcement United, and the National Survivors Conference and associated seminars and events hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors throughout the week.

More Police Week events can be found here.

Our primary mission at ODMP is to honor the lives of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and Police Week is an annual event that reminds us why this mission is so vital.  It is a privilege to work each day to honor the memories of the fallen. 

We hope you'll take a moment during Police Week, wherever you are, to remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

End of Watch Report: April 2018


In April 2018, thirteen officers died in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those thirteen, six deaths were auto-related (five automobile crashes and one vehicular assault, six deaths were due to gunfire, and one was the result of a heart attack.

The total number of line of duty deaths (LODDs) in the United States at the end of April stands at 48 officers, about 2% fewer than this time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved on to a line of duty death in April 2018.

Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:


Corporal Dale Shannon Hallman
Saluda County Sheriff's Office (SC)








Police Officer Keith O'Neal Earle
Huntsville Police Department (AL)








Patrolman Kevin F. Crossley
Whitesboro Police Department (NY)








Sergeant Sean McNamee Gannon
Yarmouth Police Department (MA)








Sergeant Noel Ramirez
Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (FL)








Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey
Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (FL)








Detective Sergeant Brian Scott Cuscino
New Castle Police Department (PA)








Deputy Sheriff Casey L. Shoemate
Miller County Sheriff's Office (MO)








Police Officer Tamby Yagan
Paterson Police Department (NJ)








Corporal Eugene Cole
Somerset County Sheriff's Office (ME)








Police Officer Rogelio Santander, Jr. 
Dallas Police Department (TX)








Police Officer Jesus "Chuy" Cordova
Nogales Police Department (AZ)








Police Officer Charles Whites
Round Rock Police Department (TX)










Thursday, April 26, 2018

ODMP To Host the 7th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride in Virginia on April 28th


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
April 26, 2018      

MEDIA CONTACT
Jessica Rushing
                          


Fairfax, VA-- This weekend, on Saturday, April 28th, the Officer Down Memorial Page will host the 7th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride (ODMR) at the Lion & Bull sports pub in Haymarket, VA.  This event includes a 60-mile, self-guided motorcycle ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as a full day of live music, police motor demos, food and drink, a vendor row, and a huge raffle with tons of prizes.

Over 600 riders and supporters from all across the country are expected to participate; pre-registrations have already topped 550 and day-of registration is available at the event beginning at 9AM.

The ODMR pays tribute to the 23,000+ police officers who have died in the line of duty in U.S. history and has raised over $100,000 to support ODMP since its inception.  Chris Cosgriff, Executive Director of ODMP, calls the ODMR “an inspirational day full of fun, but with the ultimate intent to honor fallen law enforcement heroes. It is a celebration and a remembrance, all centered around a great bike ride.”

The 7th Annual ODMR will begin at 9AM on Saturday, April 28th at the Lion & Bull located at 5351 Merchants View Square, Haymarket, VA 20169.  

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About the Officer Down Memorial Page
Founded in 1996, the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to honoring the memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The largest law enforcement memorial in the United States, ODMP pays tribute to over 23,000 fallen law enforcement officers in its online memorial and reflection pages. ODMP also honors fallen K9 officers, provides free resources to law enforcement agencies and officers, and works to keep cop killers behind bars through its No Parole program. The ODMP database tracks LODD statistics in the U.S. back to 1791, enabling the law enforcement community to analyze trends and patterns in order to work toward the goal of improving officer safety.  

Learn more at www.odmp.org



Friday, April 6, 2018

End of Watch Report March 2018


In March 2018, a total of thirteen law enforcement officers gave their lives in the line of duty.  Of those thirteen line of duty deaths (LODDs), six were the result of gunfire, five were auto-related, one was due to a 9/11-related illness, and one officer drowned. 

At the end of March the total number of yearly LODDs stands at 35, which is a 5% decrease over this time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page sends our condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death.  We encourage our supporters to read the memorials for each of these fallen officers and to share the report in order to raise awareness of line of duty deaths and their causes.

Take a moment to remember the fallen from March 2018:



Deputy Sheriff Alexis "Thunder" Eagle Locklear
Scotland County Sheriff's Office (NC)








Deputy Sheriff Jacob M. Pickett
Boone County Sheriff's Office (IN)








Police Officer Rodney Scott Smith
Hickman Police Department (KY)








Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton
Clinton Police Department (MO)








Police Officer Greggory Casillas
Pomona Police Department (CA)








Deputy Sheriff David Lee'Sean Manning
Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office (NC)








Reserve Officer Christopher Michael Lawton
Zachary Police Department (LA)








Police Officer Scotty Hamilton
Pikeville Police Department (KY)








Deputy Sheriff Ryan Douglas Zirkle
Marin County Sheriff's Office (CA)








Police Officer Andres Laza-Caraballo
Juncos Municipal Police Department (PR)








Special Agent Melissa S. Morrow
Federal Bureau of Investigation (U.S. Govt)








Trooper First Class Kevin M. Miller
Connecticut State Police (CT)








Police Officer Phillip Lynn Meacham
Hopkinsville Police Department (KY)









Thursday, March 8, 2018

End of Watch Report February 2018



In February 2018, 13 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty across the United States, bringing the year-to-date total to 22 officers.  Of the thirteen line of duty deaths that took place in February, nine were the result of felonious gunfire, three were automobile crashes, and one was the result of an assault. 

As of the end of February, line of duty deaths are down 21% overall in comparison to the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in February 2018.

Please take a moment to read the memorials of those fallen heroes:


Deputy Sheriff Micha Lee Flick
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, CO


Deputy Sheriff Steven Balenger
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA









Reserve Officer Jarate DeWayne Condit
Asher Police Department, OK









Police Officer David Charles Sherrard
Richardson Police Department, TX


 





Police Officer Chase Lee Maddox
Locust Grove Police Department, GA









K9 Officer Eric Joseph Joering
Westerville Division of Police, OH








Police Officer Anthony Pasquale Morelli
Westerville Division of Police, OH









Commander Paul R. Bauer
Chicago Police Department, IL



 




Police Officer Darren Maurice Weathers
Detroit Police Department, MI









Deputy Sheriff Kevin James Stanton
Brevard County Sheriff's Office, FL









Police Officer Justin Taylor Billa
Mobile Police Department, AL









Sergeant Mujahid Ramzzaddin
Prince George's County Police Department, MD

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA










Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Officer Down Memorial Page Partnership with Stanton Foundation Awards First K9 Grants



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 22, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT 
Jessica Rushing


Fairfax, VA-- In 2017, the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) partnered with the Stanton Foundation in an effort to support their new grant program providing funding to law enforcement agencies who have lost law enforcement canines (K9s)  to a line of duty death.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Dr. Frank Stanton, long-time president of CBS, and includes canine welfare as a primary mission. The Foundation has funded several canine programs, including the acquisition and training of K9s for police departments in Massachusetts. On January 1st, 2017, the Foundation expanded its K9 grants to departments that lose a K9 in the line of duty throughout the nation. The Officer Down Memorial Page partnered with the Stanton Foundation in March 2017 to help bring awareness of the availability of this grant program to eligible agencies.

ODMP K9 and the Stanton Foundation are proud to announce that the first grants have been awarded and funds disbursed to two agencies that lost K9s in 2017.

The Crossville Police Department (TN), which lost K9 Cain on August 2nd, 2017, received a grant for a new K9 officer and the funds to outfit that K9 with a bulletproof vest.

Another grant for a K9 bulletproof vest has been awarded to the Crowley Police Department (LA) which lost K9 Roscoe on March 22, 2017, but had already obtained a new K9 before learning of the grant program.

Currently a third grant application is in the approval process for Sunnyvale Police Department (CA), which lost K9 Jax on October 31, 2017.

Losing a K9 officer in the line of duty profoundly affects a handler, a department, and the community in which the K9 worked. ODMP K9 is proud to have partnered with the Stanton Foundation to honor those K9s who have sacrificed their lives to protect their communities and provide assistance to those agencies who have lost a K9.  

More information about ODMP and the Stanton Foundation’s Fallen K9 Replacement Grant is available here.  Additional details about grant requirements and the application process are available on the Stanton Foundation website.

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About the Officer Down Memorial Page
Founded in 1996, the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to honoring the memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The largest law enforcement memorial in the United States, ODMP pays tribute to over 23,000 fallen law enforcement officers in its online memorial and reflection pages. ODMP also honors fallen K9 officers, provides free resources to law enforcement agencies and officers, and works to keep cop killers behind bars through its No Parole program. The ODMP database tracks LODD statistics in the U.S. back to 1791, enabling the law enforcement community to analyze trends and patterns in order to work toward the goal of improving officer safety.  

Learn more at www.odmp.org