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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.

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Korean War Veteran Gets Home Makeover Thanks to DC Officer, Nonprofit

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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