The National Law Officers Memorial Fund reports that 65 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
Those numbers are up 30 percent above the first six months of 2016, when fifty officers were killed .
This years deaths include:
- 26 traffic-related fatalities, an increase of 24 percent over the same period in 2016
- 23 firearm-related incidents, an increase of 8 percent over the 2016 period
- 16 deaths related to ailments and physical conditions while on duty, including illnesses “contracted during the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts,” and “cardiac events.”
- 10 deaths occurred during single vehicle accidents, a 233 percent increase over the same time period in 2016
New York and Georgia had the most officer fatalities at 5 each, followed by California, Florida and Texas with 4 each. The fallen officers’ average age was 40.
NLEOMF President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said, “It is outrageous that 65 officers have died in the line of duty in the first half of this year. Officers have been targeted for the job that they do, shot and killed or hit with vehicles. I ask all of our citizens to do their part to protect our law enforcement heroes, as they continue to protect us.”
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