Three months into 2020, and we’ve lost 31 officers in the line of duty. Their passing is never easy, and all the worse, the brazenness of the criminal element is seemingly getting worse by the day.
We see it online on social media, with people cheering at the thought of police being injured or killed while on the job.
We see disgusting acronyms like A.C.A.B., meaning “all cops are bastards, getting tossed around in comments sections by those claiming to be “progressive.”
The men and women who lost their lives while donning the uniform are more than just police and first responders. They were mothers, fathers, community leaders, someone’s brother, sister, or child.
Sadly, we seem to be losing so many that were early in their careers and young, having been robbed of a full life.
Please, take the time to pay respect to the fallen.
Commander Carnicle of the Phoenix Police Department in Arizona was killed in the line of duty on March 29th, 2020.
When a call came in regarding a domestic disturbance between roommates in an apartment complex located on 40th Drive and Pinnacle Peak Street, Commander Carnicle and two other officers were conversing with one of the occupants inside the apartment. Suddenly, the suspect produced a weapon and opened fire at the three officers.
The suspect was later killed by a responding tactical unit, but sadly Commander Carnicle succumbed to his wounds after being transported to a local hospital.
Having served the department for 31 years, Commander Carnicle was slated to retire from the department in two months’ time. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Sergeant Jenkins of the Nevada Highway Patrol was killed in the line of duty on March 27th, 2020.
What started out as an act of kindness by Sergeant Jenkins eventually led to his death. While attempting to help a disabled motorist along US-93 near mile marker 106 in White Pine County, the individual had shot Sergeant Jenkins fatally. The suspect then stole the deceased sergeant’s uniform and patrol vehicle and left the scene. Numerous agencies pursued the suspect, eventually arresting the individual.
A veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, Sergeant Jenkins had served the patrol for 12 years before he died. The 47-year-old husband, father of four, and grandfather of five had also previously served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and the Nevada Division of Forestry.
Trooper Sanders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol passed away on March 27th, 2020.
While in his patrol vehicle, Trooper Sanders had veered off the roadway and crashed into a concrete culvert near I-795 exit 22 in Pikeville. The single-vehicle crash left the trooper dead at the scene.
Trooper Sanders passed away at 26 years old. He’d been with the patrol for five years before his passing.
Trooper Schaffer of the Washington State Patrol in Washington state was killed in the line of duty on March 24th, 2020.
While attempting to deploy stop sticks to end a vehicular pursuit of an armed robbery suspect, Trooper Schaffer was struck by the suspect’s vehicle along I-5 in Chehalis near mile marker 79. While Thurston County deputies were eventually able to apprehend the suspect, Trooper Schaffer did not survive after being struck by the vehicle.
At the young age of 28, Trooper Schaffer served the patrol for six years, while being survived by his wife, parents, and brother.
Officer Grant from the Springdale Police Department in Ohio was killed in the line of duty on March 21st, 2020.
A young officer who showed a world of promise for the department, Officer Grant was viciously struck intentionally by a suspect’s vehicle while she was in the process of deploying stop sticks near State Route 4. She was immediately transported to the hospital after being struck by the suspect’s car, but was pronounced dead when she arrived.
At 33 years old when she passed, Officer Grant had served the department for 8 years. She’s survived by her parents.
Senior Deputy Korzilius of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in Texas passed away on March 18th, 2020.
At approximately 6:50 a.m., Senior Deputy Korzilius was involved in a vehicular crash on the 7700 block of RM 2244 while in his unmarked cruiser. The collision with another vehicle caused the senior deputy to be trapped inside the cruiser and eventually fall victim to his sustained injuries.
Having been with the TCSO for four year, Senior Deputy Korzilius was assigned to the sheriff’s office’s VICE unit. He was only 32 years old when he passed away.
Deputy Taylor of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia passed away on March 18th, 2020.
A man who adored law enforcement, and followed in the footsteps of his father who is still serving the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Taylor sadly passed away while in pursuit of a burglary in progress call at 1:30 a.m. on March 18th.
While making his way to the scene, Deputy Taylor’s patrol car had veered off the road, striking a wall and rolled over several times near the intersection of Forsyth Road and Napier Avenue. The impact of the single-car collision ejected the deputy from his vehicle, which resulted in his passing.
At the young age of 27 years old, Deputy Taylor had served with the Sheriff’s Office for one year and previously served two years with the Fort Valley State University Police Department. He’s survived by his fiancee, three children, and his father.
Officer Walsh of the Springfield Police Department in Missouri was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 16, 2020.
Police in the area had received numerous calls about shootings taking place throughout the city between 11:24 p.m. and 11:43 p.m., with Officer Walsh and another officer responding to the final call at a convenience store at 2885 E Chestnut Expressway.
While the two officers attempted to confront the shooter inside the convenience store, both officers were hit by gunfire. Sadly, Officer Walsh did not survive the encounter. The suspect involved also took the lives of three patrons inside the convenience store before committing suicide.
At 32-year-old when he passed, Officer Walsh was relatively early in his law enforcement career, having served the department for three-and-a-half years. A U.S. Army veteran as well, Officer Walsh is survived by his wife and daughter.
Sergeant O’Connor of the Philadelphia Police Department in Pennsylvania was killed in the line of duty on March 13th, 2020.
At approximately 5:50 a.m. on March 13th, Sergeant O’Connor was deployed with the SWAT to enact an arrest at a home located on Bridge Street. While attempting to secure the home, the suspect began shooting toward SWAT team members from the second floor of the home, striking Sergeant O’Connor in the shoulder.
He was rushed over to Temple University Hospital where after 20 minutes, he would pass away due to the sustained gunshot wound.
After an amazing career, serving the department for 23 years and a member of the SWAT team for 15, Sergeant O’Connor died at the age of 46 years old. Before he passed, the sergeant was the rank of corporal; but he was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sergeant O’Connor is survived by his son and daughter and his wife.
Officer Scrimshire of the Hot Springs Police Department in Arkansas was gunned down in the line of duty on March 10th, 2020.
While he was conducting a traffic stop for an alleged failure to stop at a stop sign in the 100 block of Kenwood Street at around 6:30 p.m. that evening, matters quickly escalated into exchanged gun fire. In the fray, both the suspect and the officer struck each other with rounds, however, Officer Scrimshire did not survive the encounter.
Officer Scrimshire was only 33 years old when he passed.
He’d served with the department for 6 years prior to his passing and is survived by his wife, daughter, son, parents, grandmother, and sisters.
Corporal Gillette of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina was killed in the line of duty on February 25th, 2020.
While police were attempting to serve an eviction order, the suspect fired multiple shots at Corporal Gillette, striking him in the chest. While he was wearing a vest, sadly that wasn’t enough to save Corporal Gillette. Other police and deputies on site returned fire, killing the suspect responsible for the shooting.
The 37-year-old had been with the department since 2013 and was an Air Force veteran. He’s survived by his 11-year-old son and his wife.
Officer Kellywood from the White Mountain Apache Police Department in Arizona passed away on February, 17th.
The officer responded to a call reporting gunshots near the Hon-Dah Resort Casino shortly before 1:00 a.m., where he encountered the suspect involved. Officer Kellywood was then gunned down by the suspect before another officer arrived and fatally shot the suspect.
Officer Kellywood is survived by his wife and two children.
Officer von Seydewitz had served with the New York Police Department and passed away from cancer on January 27th, 2020.
He was one of the many brave men and women who was assigned to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sadly, those efforts led to the development of Officer von Seydewitz’s cancer that took his life at the young age of 50.
Officer Lester of the Richmond Police Department in Indiana passed away on February 10th, 2020.
On February 17th, 1995, Officer Lester was responding to an alarm call while approaching an intersection. A tractor-trailer had began to make a left turn in front of the officer’s patrol car, causing Officer Lester collide with the vehicle.
Following the accident, Officer Lester required round-the-clock care due to the severe injuries sustained. He eventually passed due to complications stemming from his original injury. He’d served on the force for 16 years prior to the accident, and is survived by his wife, two children, and two sisters.
Officer McCollum of the Corpus Christi Police Department in Texas passed away on January, 31st after having served on the force for 7 years.
Officer McCollum and two other officers were engaged in a traffic stop on Highway 358 near Carroll Lane at 9:30 pm. While working the traffic stop, a drunk driver struck him and a second officer, which led to Officer McCollum’s passing.
Officer McCollum was a U.S. Army veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star. He leaves behind his wife and three children.
Deputy Whitten of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in Texas passed away on February 3rd after succumbing to complications associated with a gunshot wound he sustained back on May 29th, 2019.
The Deputy was on his way over to a training class and had just driven past the scene of the double-murder when the shooting was dispatched over the radio.Deputy Whitten immediately responded to the scene and encountered the suspect fleeing in a vehicle.
The chase led to a stand-off in a parking lot of a veterinary office, where the suspect shot Deputy Whitten in the neck which caused Deputy Whitten to become paralyzed. The suspect later committed suicide prior to officers arresting him.
Officer O’Rear of the Kimberly Police Department in Alabama passed away on Fenruary 5th after having served one year on the force.
Officer O’Rear was assisting a pursuit that was initiated by a Warrior Police Department officer after an attempted traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle being pursued opened fire at police giving chase, striking Officer O’Rear and causing him to crash his vehicle. Sadly, the officer passed away hours after being transferred to the hospital.
The officer had previously served with the Ashville Police Department and is survived by his two children, with a third one on the way.
Trooper Bullock from the Florida Highway Patrol was a 19 veteran of the department before he passed away on February 5th.
In one of the most bizarre and sad losses suffered this year, Trooper Bullock was simply trying to help whom he thought to be a stranded motorist on I-95 just north of the interstate rest area in Martin County. The Trooper pulled up to the disabled vehicle around 10:15 a.m. when one of the occupants in the vehicle shot the trooper as he approached the car.
An officer from the Riviera Beach Police Department, who happened to be driving by when Trooper Bullock was gunned down, shot and killed the suspect.
Trooper Bullock was also an Air Force veteran and is survived by his parents and two sisters.
Deputy Richardson-Below of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana passed away on February 12th after a tragic car accident.
The deputy was involved in a fatal crash that happened on U.S. Highway 84, near Louisiana 3248, shortly before 8:00 a.m., after an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line on the highway and struck her patrol car head-on.
Deputy Richardson-Below had been with the sheriff’s office for 13 months when she passed, while having previously served as a probation officer with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Lieutenant Shirley Lanning of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma passed away on February 14th, after having dedicated over 30 years collectively to law enforcement.
Lieutenant Lanning’s was by way of an unfortunate crash on the Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. For reasons not yet known, Lieutenant Lanning’s patrol vehicle had veered into oncoming traffic where she collided head-on with another car that was unable to avoid colliding with her. Sadly, Lieutenant Lanning was pronounced dead when she arrived at the hospital.
Lieutenant Lanning’s law enforcement career began at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. She later moved on to the campus police for the University of Central Oklahoma, where she officially retired from the department. Thereafter, she spent her final six years in law enforcement with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
She’d fondly remembered by her friends and former colleagues.
Deputy Whiteman from the Long County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia was killed while engaged in a high-speed pursuit on Thursday, January 23rd.
While only having been with the department for four months, he had previously served with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for four years.
Sadly, he leaves behind his wife, three children, and his father.
Officer Thyne from the Newport News Police Department in Virginia tragically died on Thursday, January 23rd after being dragged by a vehicle for over a block.
She and her partner were investigating reports of drug activity, when they approached a vehicle on 1400 block of 16th Street.
The driver sped off, causing the officer to be dragged, and the driver crashed into a tree which pinned the officer between the vehicle and tree.
The young officer had only been on the force for a year and leaves behind her 2-year-old daughter, fiancé, mother, three brothers, and grandparents.
Major Moore of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Virginia passed away on Thursday, January 23rd.
After serving in the jail for 20 years, she collapsed while on duty from a heart attack. Despite officers and medical staff immediately administering CPR, she could not be resuscitated.
She is survived by her husband and son.
Officer Enriquez and Officer Kalama of the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii died on Sunday, January 19th after responding to a stabbing call at a home.
Officer Enriquez was one of the first officers who arrived at the scene to help the stabbing victim. When she approached the house where the suspect was located, she was gunned down.
She was an Air Force Reserves Veteran and served the department for seven years.
Officer Kalama later responded to the residence after Officer Enriquez was shot, and he was also shot by the suspect inside the home.
Officer Kalama had served the department for nine years and leaves behind his wife and son. Officer Enriquez is survived by three daughters and one grandson.
Deputy Taylor of the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma died in a vehicular crash on Tuesday, January 14th while responding to an emergency call.
He had been with the Sheriff’s office for just under two years and is survived by his two children and fiancé.
Detective Leist of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California passed away on Sunday, January 12th when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle after helping an elderly woman who fell in the roadway.
While off-duty, she managed to help the woman safely across the intersection, but was struck while returning to her car.
She served with the department for twelve years and is survived by her two sons.
Officer Reyna of the Lubbock Police Department in Texas was killed by another vehicle while tending to a single-car rollover on Saturday, January 11th.
Lieutenant Eric Hill of the Lubbock Fire Department was killed as a result as well. Officer Reyna had only been on the force for a year before he passed.
Officer Dunn of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida had died as a result of crashing his motorcycle on Thursday, January 9th.
He was heading back to the police station on his department motorcycle when he struck a raised median of the roadway, causing him to be thrown from the bike.
The Marine Corps veteran had served with Lakeland Police Department for six years and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He leaves behind his wife, three children, and two stepdaughters.
Officer Winkeler of the Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety in South Carolina was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop Sunday, January 5th.
Officer Winkeler also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department prior to his passing.
He is survived by both his parents and his sisters.
Officer Fortini of the New York State Police passed away from cancer on Wednesday, January 1st.
He had served the department for 16 years before retiring in 2015, and his cancer had stemmed from his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Officer Fortini is survived by his fiance, parents, brother, and sister.
K9 Thorr of the Henry County Police Department in Georgia died on January 9th, 2020.
This 5-year-old Belgian Malinois had served the department for six months before passing away due to a vehicular crash in Spalding County. While his handler was making a U-turn and reentering traffic, a tractor-trailer struck the patrol car where K9 Thorr was riding. While his handler survived the collision, sadly K9 Thorr died as a result.
K9 Hondo of the Herriman City Police Department in Utah was killed on February 13th, 2020.
Having served the department for four years and four months, the 7-year-old Belgian Malinois was close to the age of retirement when he was shot in the line of duty. K9 Hondo was assisting the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team alongside his handler while pursuing a violent fugitive. The fugitive had produced a weapon while fleeing from authorities, and K9 Hondo was caught in the crossfire while police fired at the suspect.
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