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Total Fatalities: 133—↑ 5%
Firearms-related: 50— ↑ 11%
Traffic-related: 46— ↑ 2%
Other Causes: 37— 0%
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.
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Pfc. Thomas Pressley's home was falling apart when Sgt. Juanita Eccles first met him. On Monday, they celebrated a new home. By Mark Segraves and Christian Paz - NBC4 (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)
Korean War Veteran Gets Home Makeover Thanks to DC Officer, Nonprofit
Sgt. Juanita Eccles was on duty when Pfc. Thomas Pressley first stumbled into a police station asking for her help.
Eccles recalled, "He comes in and he just says, 'please, please, can I get some help?'"
Pressley, a Korean War veteran, was hungry and haggard, Eccles remembered. She used her own money to buy Pressley some food that day but realized that his troubles ran deeper than that when she visited Pressley's home.
"The mold was higher than your hip. And the floors you couldn't walk on because you'd fall through. The contractor went upstairs and said 'the toilet is sinking through the floor'," she said.
Pressley's house was in complete disrepair. Photos of Pressley's old home showed crumbling ceilings, dirt and grime on almost every surface and paint chipping from the walls.
And on top of that: Eccles said she learned from a nephew of Pressley's that the veteran had been a victim of financial elder abuse and his entire life savings had been stolen.
So Eccles resolved to fix the situation. Eccles partnered with D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau and local non-profit Purple Heart Homes, which works to improve the lives of veterans experiencing housing insecurity, and corporate sponsors like Home Depot and Comcast, a parent company of News4, to repair and refurbish Pressley's home.
"This is a godsend. Money can't buy this when someone has that kind of love," Pressley said.
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