Protecting The Palm Beaches, A Tribute To Those Who Serve And Sacrifice


Photo: Big Stone Gap Police Department, Virginia

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 in service and to serve as a reminder of what our police risk to keep us safe. Here are the harsh realities regarding the rise risk in society for law enforcement.

  • 307 LOD’s in 2020, including 16 in Florida
  • 424 in 2021 including 33 in Florida

Last year was the deadliest for law enforcement on record, emphasis on was. Entering October, we’d already exceeded last year’s historically high line-of-duty death totals. We’re in an especially dangerous moment in our country’s history due to the pandemic and efforts of political operatives to politicize law enforcement. We’ve lost these heroes since the previous update. 

In Alabama, Police Chief Buddy Crabtree died of COVID-19 contracted on duty. He’s survived by a wife and four children. In Pennsylvania, Sergeant Timothy Werner died of COVID-19 contracted on duty. In Pennsylvania, Detective Gary Taccone died of COVID-19 contracted on duty. An Air Force veteran, he’s survived by a son. In Massachusetts, Detective Michael Dion died of a heart attack while directing traffic. He’s survived by a daughter. In Texas, Officer Kevin Dupree died of COVID-19 contracted on duty. An Air Force veteran, he’s survived by two children. In Virginia, Officer Michael Chandler (pictured) was murdered while conducting a requested wellness check. In Wisconsin, Trooper Daniel Stainbrook died of COVID-19 contracted on duty. He’s survived by a wife and two children.

  • The average age of the fallen, 48. The average tour of duty, 17 years.

As we reflect on those we’ve lost, please remember the families of our fallen as well. In addition to losing 424 law enforcement professionals in the line of duty this year, there are 212 widows and 581 children who’ve lost a parent. Line of duty deaths are 33% higher than last year’s historically high levels.

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.


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