Protecting the Palm Beaches - Recognizing those who've paid the ultimate price to protect their communities 4-14-17:
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:
140 police officers died in the line of duty in 2016
36 police officers have died in the line of duty thus far in 2017
4 officers have died in April thus far
We lost three officers in the line of duty over the past week. The officers died serving in Alabama, Missouri and Wisconsin. It's worth noting that this doesn't include the tragic death of Delray officer Christine Braswell in the Florida Keys. No disrespect is meant for her loss. The distinction is that this story specifically highlights those we've lost while on duty serving us. Therefore it's perhaps instructive to point out that there are other officers that we lose due to other causes that place a further burden on law enforcement across the country.
The average age of the officers at the time of their death was 43. The average length of time they'd served at the time of their death is 15 years and 5 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.