Back the Badge - Protecting the Palm Beaches for August 3rd

Protecting the Palm Beaches for August 3rd                      

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                           

  • 91 officers have fallen in 2018                      

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

Over the past week we suffered the loss of the eighth officer fallen in Florida this year – the most of any state this year. In Fort Myers officer Adam Edward Jobbers-Miller was murdered when responding to an active crime being carried out at a gas station. He was shot and later succumbed to his injuries. He'd also served as a firefighter prior to becoming an officer in Fort Myers.  

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 two 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.      

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