Protecting the Palm Beaches – a tribute to those who serve and sacrifice
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:
- 148 police officers died in the line of duty in 2018 – 16% higher year over year & the top cause of death was murder for the first time on record
- 3 police officers have now died while serving in 2019
In Utah, officer Joseph Shinners was murdered while in pursuit of a wanted fugitive. He’s survived by a wife and son. In Ohio, officer Dale Woods died after being struck by a vehicle while he was tending to a previous crash scene. He’s survived by three children. In Arizona, officer Clayton Townsend was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop. He’s survived by a wife and infant.
Please remember the families of our fallen hero's as well. In addition to already losing three officers this year, there are two widows and five children who lost a parent.
Remember to back the badge and spread the word. 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.