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.
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 suicides our number LODD for 3rd straight year. There were 167 suicides in 2018, 169 in 2017 and 142 in 2016. Exposure to horrific situations shootings, accident, etc add to stress and lack of mental health increases possibilities. Data indicates that less than 10% of police depts have suicides retention services.
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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Police Officer Stephen Carr
Fayetteville Police Department, Arkansas
End of Watch Saturday, December 7, 2019
Police Officer Stephen Carr was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack as he sat in his patrol car in the Fayetteville Police Department's rear parking lot at about 9:40 pm.
He was waiting for his partner to return from inside of the police station when a subject approached him and opened fire without warning, killing him. Officers inside of the station heard the shots and immediately responded. They pursued the subject into an alley next to the police station and fatally shot him in an exchange of gunfire.
Officers and paramedics provided aide to Officer Carr, but he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Carr had served with the Fayetteville Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the Bicycle Unit.
Sergeant Christopher Brewster
Houston Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sergeant Christopher Brewster was shot and killed while responding to a domestic assault at about 6:00 pm.
A woman had called 911 and reported that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend and that he was armed with two firearms. When officers arrived at the scene both subjects had already left. Sergeant Brewster was checking the area when he saw the couple walking in the 7400 block of Avenue L.
Sergeant Brewster attempted to contact them but was fired upon as he exited his patrol car. Despite being struck in the chest above his vest, he was able to give dispatchers and other officers a description of his wounds and a direction of travel.
The man was arrested moments later by other officers.
Sergeant Brewster was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Sergeant Brewster had served with the Houston Police Department for nine years.
Sergeant Joshua Voth
Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado
End of Watch Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Sergeant Joshua Voth was killed when a boiler exploded at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Cañon City.
The explosion occurred at about noonwhen the boiler suffered a catastrophic failure.
Sergeant Voth had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for three years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Fairfax County Police Department, VA
End of watch: February 22, 2019.
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