Protecting the Palm Beaches - Recognizing those who've paid the ultimate price to protect their communities 3-3-17:
Bottom Line: As part of this weekly feature to recognize those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice and to serve as a reminder of what our police risk to keep us safe (because the rest of the media won't do it). We also 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:
140 police officers died in the line of duty in 2016
23 police officers have died in the line of duty thus far in 2017
10 died in February
We lost four additional police officers over the past week. Two in California, and in New York and one in Georgia.
The average age of the officers at the time of their death was 44. The average length of time they'd served at the time of their death is 17 years and 6 months. Two of the officers that have died this year were serving in Florida.
Remember to back the badge and spread the word. The media often isn't there for our law enforcement but we can be. Let our police know we support them every chance you get. They need it, now more than ever, just as we need them more than ever.