Monday, January 7, 2019

End of Watch Report December 2018

In the final month of 2018, a total of ten law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the U.S., bringing the annual total to 148 fallen officers.  Of the ten officers who gave their lives in December, half were the result of auto-related incidents: one vehicle pursuit, one auto crash, one ATV crash, one vehicular assault, and one struck by vehicle.  Two officers died in December 2018 after being struck by a train.  The final three line of duty deaths last month were the result of gunfire.

At the end of 2018, line of duty deaths annually were up by 6% over 2017, but it should be noted that 2017 had the second lowest number of line of duty deaths in the last decade.  The 2018 LODD total is the second lowest annual total in the last five years, and the third lowest since 2010. We are hopeful that this downward trend continues.

The Officer Down Memorial Page offers our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death in December 2018.  Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:

Sergeant Matthew Troy Moreno
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office (CO)

Police Officer Jermaine Brown
Miami-Dade Police Department (FL)

Sergeant Benton Hurley Bertram
Charlestown Police Department (IN)

Police Officer Edgar Isidro Flores
DeKalb County Police Department (GA)

Police Officer Jason Quick
Lumberton Police Department (NC)

Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo
Chicago Police Department (IL)

Police Officer Conrad Charles Gary
Chicago Police Department (IL)

Detective Deidre Irene Mengedoht
Louisville Metro Police Department (KY)

Corporal Ronil Singh
Newman Police Department (CA)

Police Officer II Michael Wayne Smith
Henry County Police Deparment (GA)