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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.

'Encouraging news' as 2017 sees decrease in officer fatalities
Source: WLWT5 by Dan Stefano
Date: December 28, 2017

For the first time in four years, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty decreased. There were 128 officer fatalities in 2017 – a 10 percent decrease from 2016 – according tothe National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's preliminary report, which was released Thursday. The number is the lowest since 2013, when 116 officers died.

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(Photo courtesy of Jacob Moore) Article by Allison Klein, Washington Post

A police officer rescued a couple from this burning home. He went back in for the dog.

Officer Jacob Moore stepped into the Buena Vista, Va., police station one morning last week and heard an alert that a house was on fire. It was on the street where he lived.

He got into his squad car and dashed over. Flames were leaping off the house of a retired couple he knew — which was four houses away from his own home.

He went in the front door and saw one of the homeowners, Lovie Atkinson, standing in the kitchen as it quickly filled with smoke.

“She didn’t know what was truly going on,” said Moore, 28, who has been a Buena Vista officer for two years. “She was standing there screaming for her dog. She didn’t want to leave her dog. She was screaming, Zoey! Zoey! Zoey!”

The rest was captured by his body camera: Atkinson ran back into the house and went upstairs, yelling for Zoey, who began to bark.

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Thank you to all who joined us for the Run for the Badge on October 14th at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial! Your support for law enforcement and your participation and fundraising helps us honor the contribution and sacrifice officers make every day. All proceeds benefit the Memorial Fund.

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