Monday, April 6, 2020

End of Watch March 2020



In March of 2020, eleven law enforcement officers died in the line of duty across the United States. Of those eleven deaths, five were the result of gunfire, five were auto-related (three automobile crashes, one vehicular assault, one vehicle pursuit), and one was the result of a heart attack.

The total number of line of duty deaths in 2020 stands at 32 at the end of March, which is a 20% decrease from the same time period last 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 in March. Please take a moment to read their memorials and remember the fallen:

Police Officer Brent William Perry Scrimshire
Hot Springs Police Department (AR)






Sergeant James R. O'Connor IV
Philadelphia Police Department (PA)





Police Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh
Springfield Police Department (MO)






Deputy Sheriff Kenterrous Taylor
Bibb County Sheriff's Office (GA)







Senior Deputy Christopher Scott Korzilius
Travis County Sheriff's Office (TX)







Police Officer Kaia LaFay Grant
Springdale Police Department (OH)







Trooper Justin R. Schaffer
Washington State Patrol (WA)





Trooper Nolan James Sanders
North Carolina Highway Patrol (NC)







Sergeant Ben Jenkins
Nevada Highway Patrol (NV)







Commander Greg Carnicle
Phoenix Police Department (AZ)






Sheriff Kirk A. Coker
Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office (TX)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Officer Down Memorial Page statement on LEO deaths and COVID-19

Update: View all confirmed line of duty deaths as a result of COVID-19 on ODMP.

During this difficult period for Americans and American law enforcement officers, staff at the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) continue to monitor incidents in which law enforcement officers have died as the result of contracting COVID-19. Our hearts go out to all families and agencies that have been affected.

ODMP has established criteria for evaluating the deaths of law enforcement officers as the result of illnesses, such as COVID-19. The portion of our criteria related to illnesses reads *:

Health Related Causes: Any law enforcement officer who dies as a result of any health related cause (illness, disease, infection, etc.) that is a direct result of the officer's law enforcement duties.

Example scenarios:

·         Contraction of an infectious disease or illness such as Hepatitis or AIDS
·         Contraction of an infection or illness as a result of a duty related illness
·         Health related issues due to a HAZMAT incident

Evidence of a direct relation between a duty related incident and the contraction of a disease or illness much be presented in the form of official documentation.

We evaluate each potential case on an individual basis in order to ensure there is clear or presumptive documentation indicating that the illness was, in fact, a direct result of law enforcement duties and not contracted while off duty. We rely on each affected agency to supply the appropriate documentation.

Due to the complex and unique nature of each incident, it often takes much longer than normal to make a line of duty death determination due to illnesses such as COVID-19.

Like all Americans and citizens globally, we continue to pray for a speedy resolution to this pandemic.

* ODMP's full Criteria for Inclusion can be reviewed at https://www.odmp.org/info/criteria-for-inclusion

Monday, March 9, 2020

End of Watch Report February 2020

Line of Duty Death Report for February 2020 showing 8 LODDs for the month, bringing the YTD total to 21, a 28% decrease from this time last year
In February 2020, eight law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the United States.  Of those eight deaths, five were due to gunfire and three were due to automobile crashes.  The year-to-date total number of line of duty deaths at the end of February stood at 21, which is a 28% decrease from the same time last 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 in February 2020; please take a moment to read each of the memorials for these officers and remember the fallen:


Deputy Sheriff Richard Edward Whitten
Liberty County Sheriff's Office (TX)





Police Officer Nick O'Rear
Kimberly Police Department (AL)





Trooper Joseph Jon Bullock
Florida Highway Patrol (FL)


 

Police Officer Kenneth Reid Lester
Richmond Police Department (IN)
Deputy Sheriff Donna Richardson-Below
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office (LA)




Lieutenant Shirley Lanning
Canadian County Sheriff's Office (OK)

 
Officer David Kellywood
White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department (Tribal Police)



Corporal Andrew Gillette
Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SC)




Wednesday, February 5, 2020

January 2020 End of Watch Report

Line of Duty Death report for January 2020 showing 12 line of duty deaths nationally, an 8% decrease from last January.

January 2020 started the year with a total of twelve line of duty deaths across the country.  Of those twelve deaths, three were the result of gunfire, seven were auto-related (two vehicular assault, two struck by vehicle, one vehicle pursuit, one auto crash, and one motorcycle crash), one was the result of a heart attack, and one was due to a 9/11-related illness.  Of the twelve officers who died in January 2020, four were women.

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 last month and asks that you take the time to read their memorials and remember the fallen.

Investigator Ryan D. Fortini
New York State Police (NY)







Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler
Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety (SC)





Police Officer Paul Dunn
Lakeland Police Department (FL)






Police Officer Nicholas Reyna
Lubbock Police Department (TX)






Detective Amber Joy Leist
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (CA)





Deputy Sheriff Jarid Taylor
Bryan County Sheriff's Office (OK)




Officer Tiffany Victoria Billon Enriquez
Honolulu Police Department (HI)





Officer Kaulike Kalama
Honolulu Police Department (HI)






Deputy Sheriff Sheldon Gordon Whiteman
Long County Sheriff's Office (GA)






Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne
Newport News Police Department (VA)





Major Angelanette Moore
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (VA)



Police Officer Alan McCollum
Corpus Christi Police Department (TX)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

December 2019 End of Watch Report

December 2019 Line of Duty Death Report showing 19 total Line of Duty Deaths for a yearly total of 134, a 20% decrease from the total for 2018

In December 2019, nineteen officers in the United States died in the line of duty, making December the deadliest month of the year. Of those nineteen, nine line of duty deaths were auto-related (four automobile crashes, three vehicular assault, one vehicle assault, and one struck by vehicle); five were the result of gunfire; two were the result of heart attacks; two were the result of 9/11-related illnesses, and one was due to an explosion.

The yearly total for 2019, then, stands at 134 line of duty deaths nationally, a 20% decrease from 2018, and down in all four categories tracked by ODMP (gunfire, auto, heart, and other).

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 in December 2019. Please take a moment to read the memorials of those officers who died in the line of duty and remember the fallen.

Sergeant Joshua Eli Voth
Colorado Department of Corrections (CO)







Agent Billy Fred Clardy, III
Huntsville Police Department (AL)






Deputy Chief Vincent A. DeMarino
New York City Police Department (NY)





Police Officer Stephen Paul Carr
Fayetteville Police Department (AR)






Sergeant Christopher Charles Lewis Brewster
Houston Police Department (TX)






Detective Joseph Seals
Jersey City Police Department (NJ)






Sergeant Kaila Marie Sullivan
Nassau Bay Police Department (TX)






Constable Eula Ray "Raye" Hawkins
Panola County Constable's Office (MS)






Chief Deputy Bobby Wayne Jacobs
Knott County Sheriff's Office (KY)






Private First Class Michael Shawn Latu
Marion County Sheriff's Office (SC)






Sergeant Anthony Oglesby, Jr. 
U.S. Dept of Defense - Naval District Washington Police Department (U.S. Gov't)






Sergeant Scott Johnston
New York City Police Department (NY)






Police Officer Jose Humberto Meza
Burnet Police Department (TX)






Detective Clifton Martinez
San Antonio Independent School District Police Department (TX)





Deputy Sheriff Bryan Charles Pfluger
San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office (TX)






Deputy Sheriff Cooper Dyson
Pierce County Sheriff's Department (WA)






Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol
Hendersonville Police Department (TN)






Police Officer Jerry Clyde Singleton
Fairfield Glade Police Department (TN)







Deputy Sheriff Chris Dickerson
Panola County Sheriff's Office (TX)