Peace Officers Memorial Day E-mail

On Tuesday May 15, 2007 we celebrated National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Ceremonies across the country included the reading of 145 names of fallen officers lost in 2006 and inscribed now upon the panels of the Memorial in Washington, D.C. There are now 17,917 names engraved on the Memorial, representing officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories, Federal law enforcement and military police agencies. As of today, 65 US law enforcement officers have given their lives in the line of duty in 2007

1 death is listed as Accidental

1 has been lost in an aircraft accident

22 have been killed in automobile accidents

1 has been lost in a boating accident

1 has died from exposure to toxins

23 officers have been killed by hostile gunfire

3 have died due to accidental gunfire or friendly fire

2 have been lost to heart attacks

1 has been killed in a motorcycle accident

2 were killed when struck by a vehicle

2 have died in vehicle pursuits

4 were killed by vehicular assault

1 has been lost to weather/natural disaster

1 has drowned

1 was female

64 are male

The average age of these officers is 36

Their average tour of duty is 8 years, 10 months

New York State has lost five officers already in 2007 including -Trooper Jose A. Rosado of the New York State Police End (automobile accident ); Auxiliary Police Officer Yevgeniy (Eugene) Marshalik of the New York City Police Department (cause of death – gunfire); Auxiliary Police Officer Nicholas T. Pekearo of the New York City Police Department, (cause of death – gunfire); Officer Thomas Lindsey of the Utica Police Department (cause of death – gunfire); Trooper David Brinkerhoff of the New York State Police (cause of death – friendly fire gunfire). Of the four deaths in New York State due to criminal action, three have been closed by Exceptional Means. In all three cases the suspect was engaged by law enforcement and killed by police gunfire. The murderer of Utica PD Officer Thomas Lindsey remains at large.

For all those who displayed the American flag at half mast on May 15 in honor of those men and women who have given their lives to protect each of us, our families, our communities, and our nation, we thank you.

"Lord, hear us. When we lay down our nightsticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we were to guard the cities of men. St. Michael protect us."

- Officer M.A. Ryan

New York State University Police, Brockport NY

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