Recent news stories highlighting the work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (For information on acquiring or reprinting these stories, please contact the individual publications or media outlets.)
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.