Gunfire as the cause of death is 44% from previous years (2010 to 2018) with 51 cases of death by gunfire in 2018.
Blue Help a non profit working to prevent suicides says there were 159 suicides in 2018
Suicides out number LODD for 3rd straight year
2017 also 159 and 2016 178
Exposure to horrific situations shootings, accidents, etc add to stress and lack of mental health increases possibilities. Data indicates that less than 10% of police depts have suicide prevention services
DATA from Officer Down Memorial Page and it updates daily as researchers update information: www.odmp.org
What began as a desire to give back, became a reality ……
It began with a phone call no Law Enforcement Family wants to receive, “It is with great sadness that we inform you that your loved one has been killed while on duty.” The words and circumstances may be different but the loss, the grief, the emptiness is the same.
From that moment life became a blur and I functioned mechanically not really focusing on what was going on around me. So many thoughts and emotions, how was I ever going to go on? Would I ever feel like living again? How will I deal with the emptiness? Even if you don’t want to think about it, you worry about finances, how are we going to pay bills.
From the moment we received the notification; calls, messages, visits and mail began to come in from all over the country. All of these were from persons we did not even know but all had a common thread, the “Thin Blue Line”. Support was from Law Enforcement Families, Officers, and Supporters of Law Enforcement all sending love, support, and prayers. All of this support definitely helped us through some awful times and provided some comfort and peace.
One evening weeks after Floyd’s memorial as I sat at home with family writing thank you notes, I shared with them that I wanted to give some of that love and support back to others who found themselves in our situation. My family supported my idea 100 percent and even offered to help. They too wanted to do something to honor Floyd and help others, so we began to research needs of Law Enforcement Officers and their families.
We found so much data and information that we had to decide on what we could realistically do. When an officer dies in the line of duty families experience a loss of income immediately. Pay due and insurances are not quickly paid and can even take months depending on the type of death. So, one of our goals was to help a surviving family with immediate one-time financial assistance.
The other area we felt passionate about was helping the Law Enforcement surviving coworker. Law Enforcement Officers experience a tremendous amount of stress in their jobs already and when they lose a coworker friend additional stress is added. Many do not access departmental resources for fear of being labeled so we all agreed that we wanted to help them by providing supportive events to help cope with the loss and stress associated with their jobs.
And we want to do all this by engaging our local law enforcement groups and our community so we can work together and bring about change in perceptions of Law Enforcement here at home and across the country.
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California Highway Patrol, California
End of Watch Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sergeant Steve Licon was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-15, between Lake Street and Nichols Road, in Lake Elsinore at 4:30 pm.
He had stopped the vehicle on the right shoulder and was in the process of taking enforcement action when a reckless driver drove onto the shoulder at a high rate of speed. The driver struck Sergeant Licon, pinning him and his motorcycling against the car he had stopped.
Sergeant Licon was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Sergeant Licon had served with the California Highway Patrol for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and step-daughter.
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 2019
Deputy Sheriff Spencer Englett suffered a traumatic medical event while participating in a training exercise at the Basic Police Officer Training Program at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Jasper, Georgia.
He collapsed during the exercise and was immediately attended to by training staff and medical personnel. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.
Deputy Englett had served with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office for two years and had previously served with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office and Oconee County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife.
Maine State Police, Maine
End of Watch Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Detective Ben Campbell was struck and killed by a vehicle tire while assisting at the scene of a disabled vehicle on I-95 south of Coldbrook Road in Hampden at 7:30 am.
He came across a vehicle that had slid off the interstate due to inclement weather and stopped to provide assistance. As he was standing outside of his department vehicle two wheels of a passing logging truck separated from the vehicle. One of the wheels struck Detective Campbell.
Detective Campbell was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he succumbed to his injuries.
Detective Campbell had served with the Maine State Police for nine years and was assigned to the Polygraph Unit. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old son.
1 K9 down by gunfire shot while assisting in domestic violence call. Had been with PD 3 years and was narcotics dog also
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