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.
- 491 line-of-duty deaths in 2021 including 50 in Florida
- There are 179 line-of-duty deaths thus far in 2022 including 5 in Florida
2021 was the deadliest year for law enforcement in Florida’s history. The same was true across the country as the US set a record for LODs for the 2nd consecutive year. This included a staggering 60% increase in line-of-duty deaths. Given the remarkable rise in LODs in recent years, it’s as important to support law enforcement as it's ever been, as the job of protecting us is as dangerous as it’s ever been. We’ve lost these heroes since the previous update:
- In Georgia, Trooper Patrick Dupree (pictured) died of injuries sustained during a training exercise. He’s survived by a wife and three children.
- In Missouri, Corporal Andrew Wachter died from COVID-19 contracted on duty. He’s survived by a wife and four children.
- In Indiana, Officer Seara Burton was murdered while conducting a traffic stop.
As we reflect on those we’ve lost, please remember the families of our fallen as well. The average age of the fallen is 45, the average tour of duty – 15 years. In addition to losing 179 law enforcement professionals in the line-of-duty this year, there are 105 widows and 261 children who’ve 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 more than ever, just as we need them more than ever.