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.
Texas635 is an IRS 501c3 certified organzation.
Detective Amber Joy Leist
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch Sunday, January 12, 2020
Detective Amber Leist was struck and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue in Los Angeles at 11:05 am.
She was off duty when she observed an elderly woman fall in the roadway while attempting to cross at the intersection. Detective Leist immediately stopped her vehicle and assisted the woman off of the roadway in order to prevent the citizen from being struck. As Detective Leist returned to her car she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Detective Leist had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. She is survived by her two sons.
Police Officer Nicholas Reyna
Lubbock Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, January 11, 2020
Police Officer Nicholas Reyna and Lieutenant Eric Hill, of the Lubbock Fire Department, were struck and killed by a vehicle while at the scene of a previous crash on I-27 near Drew Street.
Officers and rescue personnel were at the scene of an earlier single-vehicle rollover crash on the interstate when a second vehicle also crossed the median. As officers then dealt with the second crash a third vehicle left the travel lanes and struck Officer Reyna, Lieutenant Hill, and a second firefighter. Officer Reyna and Lieutenant Hill both suffered fatal injuries and the second firefighter was critically injured.
Officer Reyna had served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year.
Police Officer Paul Dunn
Lakeland Police Department, Florida
End of Watch Thursday, January 9, 2020
Police Officer Paul Dunn was killed in a motorcycle crash on Lakeland Highlands Road, south of Lake Miriam Drive, at approximately 5:45 am.
He was en route to the police station on his department motorcycle when he struck the raised median of the roadway. He was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries.
Officer Dunn was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Lakeland Police Department for six years and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three adult children.
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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