This year there have been 75 officers killed so far in the USA. Since 1791, there have been 20,579 known line of duty deaths in America
The most recent death was today. The account is very sad
Police Officer: Kevin Will
Houston Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 8 months
Police Officer Kevin Will was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he investigated a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcyclist on the North Loop at approximately 3:15 am.
Officer Will was interviewing a witness to the motorcycle accident when the drunk driver drove around barriers and emergency vehicles that were blocking the closed freeway. Seeing the vehicle approach, Officer Will warned the witness to jump out of the way. The citizen was able to jump to safety moments before Officer Will was struck and killed.
The driver was taken into custody at the scene and faces charges in connection with Officer Will’s death.
Officer Will had served with the Houston Police Department for almost two years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two children.
Someone simply doing their job killed by a selfish dangerous idiot who not only driving whilst drunk, drives around barriers closing off a road. The officer it appears saved the life of a civilian and in doing so lost his own.
This is one of 23 deaths involving automobiles this year.
Total Line of Duty Deaths: 75
Aircraft accident: 1
Animal related: 1
Automobile accident: 13
Duty related illness: 4
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 5
Motorcycle accident: 3
Struck by train: 2
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 2
New Jersey: 2
New York: 6
North Carolina: 1
South Carolina: 1
South Dakota: 1
Tribal Police: 1
U.S. Government: 8
By contrast in the UK there have been 2 officers killed this year, one in a road accident and one by a bomb in Northern Ireland.
In 2010 there were 5 UK officers killed (all traffic accidents) : In USA there were 158 (61 by gunfire)
In 2009 there were 12 UK officers killed : In USA there were 135 (49 by gunfire)
In 2008 there were 13 UK officers killed (including 4 in a single traffic accident) : In USA there were 151 (42 by gunfire)
All these people deserve to be remembered for the sacrifice they made. However, it goes beyond that, all are somebodies son/ daughter/ brother/ sister/ father/ mother/ husband/ wife. They all leave people grieving and who deserve to be remembered and supported after the loss of their loved one.
Another story was brought home to me this year.
Sergeant Anthony Michael Wallace
Hoonah Police Department, Alaska
End of Watch: Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 102
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 28, 2010
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Officer Matthew Tokuoka Hoonah, AK
Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka were ambushed and killed by a lone gunman.
Officer Tokuoka, who was off-duty, was in his car with his family when he stopped to talk to Sergeant Wallace who was standing outside his vehicle. Sergeant Wallace’s mother was visiting him in Alaska and was accompanying him on a ride along at the time.
A man who the two officers had arrested on several occasions in the past walked up to the officers and opened fire. Sergeant Wallace was shot first and Officer Tokuoka went to render aid and was then shot.
Officer Tokuoka died early Sunday at a clinic in Hoonah and Sergeant Wallace died during surgery in Juneau.
The suspect fled to his house and barricaded himself inside while 100 officers, including SWAT teams from the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department, responded to the scene. The suspect surrendered to officers after remaining barricaded for two days.
Sergeant Anthony Wallace, who was legally deaf, had served for the Hoonah Police Department for four years. He had previously served as a non-sworn public safety officer with the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He is survived by his mother and daughter, father and step-mother, three brothers, and grandmother.
The badge numbers of Sergeant Wallace and Officer Tokuoka were retired following their murders. The Hoonah City Council proclaimed the memorial service day for both officers, September 8th, as Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka Day.
In April of 2011, SGT Wallace was posthumously awarded the Police Medal of Heroism by the Governor of Alaska.
Michael T one of the Ohio riders was riding in memory of Tony. His mother who had been present when Tony was murdered and had to radio in the shooting; and his girlfriend Cara Were in Washington at the end of our ride and attended the Candlelight Vigil as members of that group no one wants to join – the survivors of officers killed.
I was fortunate enough to get to spend a very pleasant evening with Debbie ( Tony’s mother) and Cara and two other riders. It brought home to me the real tragedy behind each death. It is not just the officer who loses his life, but the relatives and partners have to live with their lose forever.
When you are asked by me for donations for this event, it is to the memory of people like this and to support their relatives and loved ones. Please remember them next year when I ask for sponsorship.