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December 2010: eNewsletter

Law Enforcement Fatalities Spike in 2010

2010_research_bulletin_thumbThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will release its annual Law Enforcement Officer Fatality Research Bulletin on Tuesday December 28. The report will show a significant increase in the number of law enforcement officer fatalities from 2009 to 2010. This devastating surge in officer deaths is discouraging following 2009, when fatalities decreased 16 percent; the lowest number of line-of-duty deaths since 1959.

The trend of multiple fatality shootings continued in 2010 with brutal, ambush- style “cluster killings” targeting officers. Nearly 20 percent of this year’s shooting fatalities – 10 to date – occurred in just five incidents in which one or more officers were gunned down by the same offender (Fresno, CA; San Juan, PR; West Memphis, AR; Tampa, FL; Hoonah, AK).

As of December 20, 154 law enforcement officers had died from all causes, a 40 percent increase from 2009 with 110 fatalities on the same date.

This year auto accidents increased 30 percent, motorcycle accidents increased 38 percent, and officers struck by a vehicle increased 16 percent. Shootings increased 18% percent; and the recent trend of multiple-fatality shootings remains cause for grave concern.

Congratulations Officer Eddie Thornton, December 2010 Officer of the Month

December 2010 Officer of the MonthThe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund selected United States Capitol Police Officer Eddie R. Thornton, Jr. as its December 2010 Officer of the Month.

On July 16th, 2009, Officer Thornton took the day off to be with his family. That evening at approximately 7:00 pm he visited his mother at the day care center she owned and operated. While pulling into the lot, Officer Thornton observed a man wearing a gun belt walking nearby. Suddenly, the man began firing his weapon at civilians in the parking lot.

Officer Thornton ordered his mother and others close by to take cover. Due to the immediate danger of the situation, he drew his service weapon and returned fire, engaging in a gun fight with the suspect. The suspect was hit several times in the upper body and Officer Thornton was struck in the lower back. One stray bullet struck a twelve-year-old girl inside her family’s apartment.

Officers from the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department arrived soon after shots were exchanged. The suspect, Officer Thornton, and the young girl were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

For his heroic efforts, Officer Thornton received richly deserved awards including the Medal of Valor from the United States Capitol Police. The nomination for the Medal of Valor states, “Officer Thornton took quick, decisive police action, and risked his life to help prevent the loss of life.”

Memorial Fund Golf Classic 2010

Memorial_Fund_Golf_Classic_2010The 11th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic was held November 7-12, 2010 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Golfers had the opportunity to play some of the most popular courses in Myrtle Beach as well as support a worthy cause.

100% of the golf tournament proceeds have been contributed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This year's event raised $36,000 and brought the tournament’s 11-year total to $456,000 donated to the Memorial. The money raised supports maintenance of the Memorial, the annual Candlelight Vigil, research, and the campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.

To participate in next year’s tournament on November 6-11, 2011, or for more information, contact the tournament office at 877.465.3467 (U.S. only) or 843.249.2129, or by email at


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