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Oneonta officers receive national recognition
Source: Gadsden Times by Times Staff Report
Date: September 26, 2018

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has named patrolmen Cory Glasscock and Matt Suddeth, of the Oneonta Police Department, as the recipients of its Officer of the Month Award for September.

Union Twp. Officer Honored By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Source: KDKATV CBS Pittsburgh
Date: September 5, 2018

A local police officer is being honored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for his bravery during a river rescue.

OPD OFFICER’S INJURY HIGHLIGHTS DANGERS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS
Source: by Brendan Byrne 90.7 (WMFE)
Date: July 27, 2018

A domestic violence incident turned deadly last month when the suspect killed four children and himself, and critically wounded one of the responding officers. The incident highlights the dangers law enforcement face when responding to domestic violence calls.

73 law enforcement officers killed in first half of 2018; gun-related deaths up 24 percent
Source: AJC by Lauren Padgett, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Date: July 11, 2018

A total of 73 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2018 -- a 12 percent increase over last year, according to a preliminary report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Number of slain police officers up for 2018, on track to surpass previous year's total
Source: Washington Examiner by Anna Giaritelli
Date: July 10, 2018

The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2018 is on track to be higher than the 128 law enforcement officers killed in 2017, according to a half-year report that was released Tuesday. Exactly 73 officers were killed between Jan. 1 and June 30, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund concluded.

National organization recognizes deputies for saving woman’s life
Source: Manning Live by STAFF REPORTS
Date: May 22, 2018

Three deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office who saved a woman from a submerged vehicle a little more than a year ago have already been recognized multiple times locally. Now, the trio has been recognized nationally. Maj. Donnie Drose, Cpl. Kevin Wilson and Sgt. Clay Conyers were recognized this week as June 2018 Officers of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

30th annual candlelight vigil to honor fallen police officers
Source: USA TODAY | SLIDESHOW
Date: May 14, 2018

Riley Parque, 5, holds the hand of a police officer as her family arrives for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 30th annual Candlelight Vigil. Riley's father, police officer Chad Parque, of the North Las Vegas Police Department, died in the line of duty Jan. 1, 2017.

Bike ride pays tribute to police officers lost in the line of duty
Source: NBC NEWS TODAY
Date: May 10, 2018

Members of various police departments are coming together to pedal in praise of their fallen comrades in the Police Unity Tour. Hundreds of police officers will ride their bicycles from New York to Washington, D.C., to remember those whose lives were lost in the line of duty.

National organization honors 2 state troopers for Minnesota river rescue
Source: MANKATO FREE PRESS
Date: April 27, 2018

Two Minnesota State Patrol officers are receiving national recognition for rescuing a man from a southern Minnesota river in 2016. Troopers Zachary Borchardt and Nate Walton were named officer of the month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

On average, at least 1 officer has been shot to death every week this year
Source: CNN by CNN Staff
Date: April 13, 2018

In the first 15 weeks of this year, 17 law enforcement officers across the US have been shot and killed in the line of duty, including a police officer in Massachusetts on Thursday. That averages out to more than 1 death a week.

Why 2018 could be an especially deadly year for cops
Source: ABC NEWS by Emily Shapiro
Date: March 31, 2018

When Palm Springs police Officer Jose "Gil" Vega, a married father of eight, was gunned down with his partner while they responded to a domestic disturbance call, the 35-year veteran was two months away from his retirement. Vega and Zerebny were two of 159 on-duty officers killed in the country in 2016, according to statistics kept by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

There have been 16 officers shot to death in the first 9 weeks of this year
Source: CNN by Joe Sterling and Alanne Orjoux
Date: March 7, 2018

So far this year, 16 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot. Six of them died in just one week, said Craig Floyd with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

LVMPD detective honored after heart-wrenching decision during Las Vegas mass shooting
Source: NBC 3 News, Las Vegas by Nathan O'Neal
Date: March 6, 2018

It was the moment when gunfire rained down on the Las Vegas Strip. The moment when everyday heroes were forged out of tragedy. Det. Golgart will be honored at a special awards ceremony along with other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2018 in Washington, D.C. next year.

We're 6 weeks into the year and there have already been 11 officers shot to death
Source: CNN by Joe Sterling and Alanne Orjoux
Date: February 12, 2018

In the first six weeks of the year, 11 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot in the line of duty. Six of them died in just one week, said Craig Floyd with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Nutley seeks heart attack prevention for police
Source: northjersey.com by Owen Proctor, Staff Writer
Date: February 11, 2018

Shootings and accidents aren’t the only dangers for police officers. “Job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, are an ongoing problem in law enforcement," Nick Breul, director of the memorial fund's Officers Safety and Wellness Program, said in an email statement.

Report: Domestic Calls Most Commonly Lead To Officer Shooting Deaths
Source: Colorado Public Radio by Rachel Estabrook | Nick Breul Speaks With Ryan Warner
Date: January 5, 2018

Funeral services are today for the officer gunned down in Douglas County last weekend. Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish was 29. There are many outstanding questions about what happened and why the shooter opened fire on Parrish and other officers, four of whom were injured, along with two civilians. But the incident prompted Colorado Matters to look into the leading causes of officer deaths on duty. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, across the country there were 135 officer deaths on duty in 2016, the last year for which complete data is available.

Det. Weiland to be honored in Washington D.C., local law enforcement raise money to send officers
Source: NBC NEWS WATCH12
Date: January 2, 2018

Last year on March 22, Detective Jason Weiland and three other community members were killed during a shooting spree in the Wausau area. Now, Weiland's family is hoping a permanent memorial will help his legacy live on. "I've been to the memorial with Jason," said Kara Weiland, Jason's wife. Kara remembers her and Jason's trip to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. "It's just a somber place of just reflecting and remembering those we've lost," said Kara. They took the trip in 2015. Now, she's preparing to go again.