Monday, October 7, 2019

End of Watch Report September 2019

September 2019 Line of Duty Death Report showing 8 LODDs in Sept 2019: 4 gunfire, 1 auto, 1 heart attack, and 2 other causes of death. Total YTD is 94, a 26% decrease from last year at the same time.

In September 2019, eight law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those eight deaths, three were the result of felonious gunfire, one was the result of inadvertent gunfire, one was the result of an automobile crash, one was the result of a heart attack, and two officers died due to 9/11-related illness.

The total number of line of duty deaths in 2019 stood at 94 at the end of September, a 26% decrease compared to the same time frame last year.  Line of duty deaths are down in all four major categories tracked by ODMP, a trend we hope to see continue throughout this year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death.  Please take a moment to read each of the memorials for the officers who died in the line of duty last month and remember the fallen:

Detective Joseph Paolillo
New York City Police Department (NY)

Investigator Dornell Cousette
Tuscaloosa Police Department (AL)

Police Officer Derrick Bishop
New York City Police Department (NY)

Captain Vincent Liberto, Jr.
Mandeville Police Department (LA)

Deputy Sheriff Chris Hulsey
Meade County Sheriff's Office (KY)

Sergeant Tracy Vickers
Florida Highway Patrol (FL)

Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal
Harris County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Police Officer Brian Charles Mulkeen
New York City Police Department (NY)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

ODMP Appoints Ms. Katherine Thacker to the Board of Directors

October 3, 2019             Jessica Rushing
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Ms. Katherine Thacker Appointed to the Officer Down Memorial Page's Board of Directors

Fairfax, VA--  The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) is proud to announce a new addition to its Board of Directors as of August 2019: Ms. Katherine Thacker.

Katherine is a recent graduate from Liberty University with degrees in Integrated Communications and Women’s Leadership.  Ms. Thacker is the surviving daughter of Investigator Brandon H. Thacker of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, who died in the line of duty in 1998.  As a line of duty death survivor, Katherine brings to the board a new perspective and fresh ideas focused on finding ways to further serve and honor the law enforcement community.

In 2016, Katherine founded the event “Words of Worth” at Liberty University. An annual event drawing in hundreds of attendees, W.O.W. partners with multiple organizations and on-campus clubs and departments to educate students and faculty members of the importance of law enforcement and the impact officers make in their communities across the nation.  

Lieutenant W. Scott Humphrey, ODMP Board Member since 2010, says, “It is said, 'The apple doesn't fall from the tree', and Katherine Thacker certainly personifies this idiom.  Katherine comes from a family of strong values and servant hearts. She is fully dedicated and committed to honoring America's fallen law enforcement officers and it will be a genuine privilege to work alongside her on the Board of Directors." 

Read more about Ms. Thacker and the entire ODMP Board of Directors here.

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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 1776, enabling the law enforcement community to analyze trends and patterns in order to work toward the goal of improving officer safety. Learn more at