It began with a phone call no Law Enforcement Family wants to receive, “It is with great sadness that we inform you..."
Blue’s Space is a non-clinical retreat that is peer driven. We do have a chaplain and therapist/counselor on the team as well to provide additional support.
134 LODD in 2019 a 20% decrease as compared to previous year.
According to Officer Down Memorial Page
Leading Cause of Death in 2019
47 - gunfire
45 - Auto
16 - Heart Attack
24 - Other
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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Deputy Sheriff Donna Richardson-Below
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Deputy Sheriff Donna Richardson-Below was killed in a vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 84, near Louisiana 3248, shortly before 8:00 am.
An oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and struck her patrol car head-on, causing her to suffer fatal injuries.
Deputy Richardson-Below had served with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office for 13 months and had previously served as a probation officer with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Police Officer Matthew S. von Seydewitz
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch Monday, January 27, 2020
Police Officer Matthew von Seydewitz died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
Trooper Joseph Bullock
Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
End of Watch Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed when he encountered a subject at a rest stop on I-95 in Palm City.
Additional details have not yet been released.
Trooper Bullock was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years.
Henry County Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch Thursday, January 9, 2020
K9 Thorr was killed when the patrol car he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer on I-75 near mile marker 206 in Spalding County.
His and another officer were on patrol and were making a U-turn in a median turnaround. As they entered back into traffic the patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer. K9 Thorr was killed as a result of the collision. Both officers and the driver of the semi were injured.
K9 Thorr had served with the Henry County Police Department for six months.
K9 Niki was killed in a vehicle crash when the K9 Niki Boyle County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky
End of Watch Tuesday, December 31, 2019
car she was riding in collided with another vehicle on South Danville Bypass near Daniel Drive.
K9 Niki was taken to a nearby veterinary hospital where she died.
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch Sunday, December 29, 2019
K9 Jackie was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 395 northwest of Colville, Washington, at about 2:30 am.
The patrol vehicle K9 Jackie was riding in struck a patch of black ice, causing it to leave to the roadway and roll over several times down a steep embankment. Rescue personnel were able to extract K9 Jackie's handler and transport her to a local hospital with multiple injuries. K9 Jackie succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
K9 Jackie had served with the United States Border Patrol for four years.
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