We update this post each month with EOW information from the month before as a reminder and tribute to those who commit their lives to something greater than oneself — our communities. Let’s keep them and their families in our prayers.
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11 Law Enforcement Patriots in the month of February, 2019
- Corporal Shane Totty
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
EOW: Friday, February 1, 2019
Cause: Motorcycle crash
- Detective William Lee Brewer
Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, OH
EOW: Saturday, February 2, 2019
- Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cause: Struck by vehicle
- Trooper Lucas Bartley Dowell
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Monday, February 4, 2019
- Police Officer Matthew Rittner
Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
- Detective Brian Simonsen
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
- Agent Alfred Zanyet-Pérez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, February 15, 2019
- Master Sergeant Daniel Duane Hinton
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Cause: Heart attack
- Undersheriff Monty Johnson
Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Cause: Automobile crash
- Police Officer Nicholas Galinger
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Cause: Vehicular assault
- Sergeant Steve Hinkle
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, TN
EOW: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
END OF WATCH: 2 K9s in the month of February, 2019
- K9 Defender
BNSF Railway Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
- K9 Doby
Fairfax County Police Department, VA
EOW: Friday, February 22, 2019
Cause: Duty related illness
What is the History of The Thin Blue Line?
Law Enforcement or LEOs as we fondly refer to our community heroes have been in the news quite a bit as of late. What I found most disturbing is the lack of understanding in regard to what these guys and gals do to protect our communities.
If you listened to the LSM (lame-stream media) you would think all law enforcement was similar to the Nazi Gestapo. And the low information “citizens” jump on the bandwagon… Wonder how these folks would react if they called 911 and no one responded?
The Thin Blue Line Symbol
The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.
Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime. ~ Wikipedia
- There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.
- According to the preliminary FBI’s Uniform Crime Report from January to June 2015-2016, an estimated 507,792 Violent Crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 5.3%.
- Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 21,183 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
- A total of 1,512 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 63 hours or 151 per year. There were 143 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.
- There have been 51,548 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2015, resulting in 14,453 injuries.
- The 1920s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,461 officers died, or an average of almost 246 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 307 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 162 per year.
- The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
- New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 768 deaths. Texas has lost 1,706 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 23.
- There are 1,117 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 689 correctional officers and 39 military law enforcement officers.
- There are 309 female officers listed on the Memorial; six female officers were killed in 2016.
- During the past ten years, more incidents that resulted in felonious fatalities occurred on Friday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious incidents occurred on Tuesday.
We have been trusted with the honor of making many a Thin Blue Line bracelet in memorial to fallen officers (you can view some of these patriots on our Wall of Heroes).
There are bad eggs in any industry, field or occupation. To besmirch the reputation of all LEOs, which has been commonplace as of late, to whip up a frenzy, with false narratives to create a straw man purely for political gain is something certain “leaders” should be ashamed of and be taken to task for. This type of behavior from those whose character should be above groundless accusations and inflammatory statements should not be tolerated by We The People. We deserve better than that.
Just as with our brave Military personnel, next time you see a Law Enforcement Officer, thank them. Let them know you appreciate that they are on call for your community knowing that they are potentially putting their lives at risk each day they that they put on their uniform, with every phone call and traffic stop.
Please share this post so that their heroism is not forgotten… Thank you.
We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement, intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world. ~ Brad Thor
At *your* service,