Back the Badge - Protecting the Palm Beaches - Honoring our fallen heroes

Family of Immanuel Washington

Protecting the Palm Beaches for July 27th                      

Bottom Line: This weekly feature is designed to recognize those who've paid the ultimate price to serve their communities and to serve as a reminder of what our police risk to keep us safe. We highlight a remarkable effort by local law enforcement each week. Joel Malkin brings you the perspective in local news from leaders in local law enforcement.                                        

I bring you the unfortunate news you need to know:                                            

  • 128 police officers died in the line of duty in 2017                          

  • 89 officers have fallen in 2018                     

  • 7 of the officers we've lost served in Florida                                       

It's been an especially deadly week for law enforcement as we lost six officers in the line of duty. In Scotland, Secret Service Special Agent Nole Edward Remagen suffered a deadly stroke while assisting with the President's detail. He was previously a Marine Veteran and is survived by a wife and two children. In Louisiana Fish and Wildlife agent Immanuel Washington died during a training exercise. A former LSU basketball player he's survived by a wife and two children. In Texas Corporal Earl James Givens was killed by a drunk driver while escorting a funeral procession. In Washington officer Diego Moreno was killed while in pursuit of a suspect. In Arizona officer Tyler Edenhofer was murdered while attempting to detain a suspect. Tyler was also a Navy veteran. In Milwaukee officer Michael Michalski was murdered while attempting to apprehend a suspect in violation of parole. He's survived by a wife and three children.  

Six fallen officers. Three more windowsseven young children without a father just over the past week. Too often there are untold stories of the people who've sacrificed their lives in service of their communities. This is our small part to attempt to recognize those who've sacrificed the most for our safety. The average age of the officers at the time of their death was 40. The average length of time they'd served at the time of their passing is 12 years and five months.    

Remember to back the badge and spread the word. The media often aren't there for our law enforcement, but we can be. Let our police, and their families, know we support them every chance you get. They need it, now more than ever, just as we need them more than ever.     

*Here's a link to the Go Fund Me page for Immanuel Washington's family (Pictured):



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