This blog is dedicated to all those in Law Enforcement, especially those that have given the ultimate sacrifice as they carried out there duties.
COPS Walk Southwest 2013 -Joellen Brown's Story
I am walking in memory of Leroy Dale Brown, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona. On December 6, 1969, in Bowie, Arizona, Deputy Brown was shot and killed by a man he had arrested several months earlier. Deputy Brown was in a restaurant eating when the man saw him and entered the establishment. The suspect ordered a hot cup of coffee and then approached Deputy Brown. The suspect threw the coffee into Deputy Brown’s face, and as Deputy Brown stood up, the suspect shot him twice. The suspect then fled to a nearby school and committed suicide. Deputy Leroy Brown was survived by his wife, two sons, parents, one brother and four sisters.
Please join me in honoring Leroy Dale Brown by sponsoring me as I take part once again on a two-day 25-mile walk to raise money for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Money raised will help ensure that C.O.P.S. will continue to be around for the families of the fallen officers for many years to come. Having attended National Police Week 2009, the 40th anniversary of Leroy’s death, I know firsthand the impact the C.O.P.S. organization has on the families. Thank you so very much for your support!
Read more about Leroy: http://www.odmp.org/officer/2355-deputy-sheriff-leroy-dale-brown#ixzz1geCAENlC
You can also check out TC's photo blog from our trip to National Police Week 2009 at http://tcbphoto.blogspot.com/2009/06/national-police-week-2009.html
Other Fallen Officers I would like to honor and remember for their sacrifice:
Erik David Hite – Police Officer, Tucson Police Department, Arizona.
End of Watch – June 2, 2008
Jose Rivera – Correctional Officer, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government.
End of Watch – June 20, 2008
Jason Schwartz – Deputy Sheriff, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado.
End of Watch – September 28, 2001
Manuel Hurtado Tapia – Sergeant, Arizona Department of Public Safety.
End of Watch – January 8, 1991
Samuel Steele Hicks – Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government. End of Watch – November 19, 2008
There are several groups that honor and assist those killed in the line of duty and those left behind after such a tragedy. I have provided links to some I am familiar with below. I have more than a little respect and admiration for those in this profession. Their duties are of such that many would choose to avoid.
I have many friends that choose to enter in harm’s way and I respect them greatly. Somewhere along the way I started collecting patches from those I know and from areas where I have lived. The photos here are from that collectionI have one other interest in this blog entry. I wish to remember all those that gave their lives in the defense of what they believed in. This, of course, includes my own Father:
Leroy Dale Brown
Cochise County Sheriff Deputy, AZ
End of Watch: December 6, 1969
Thank you to all of those in the Law Enforcement community for your service and sacrifice. It takes a special person to do what you do on a daily basis and I am glad you are out there. You are in my thoughts and prayers as are your families.
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) - http://www.nationalcops.org
Fundraising Art for COPS
The Officer Down Memorial - http://www.odmp.org/
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - http://www.nleomf.com/index.htm
127 Law Enforcement Officers Killed Nationwide in 2012
According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 127 law enforcement officers have died in 2012, marking a 23 percent decline in fatalities from just a year before, when 165 officers died.
Traffic-related fatalities were once again the leading cause of officer fatalities, with 50 officers killed in 2012. Thirty were killed in automobile crashes, 14 were struck and killed, and six officers were killed in motorcycle crashes. Overall, traffic-related fatalities decreased by 17 percent from 60 officers killed during 2011.
Firearms-related fatalities follow closely with 49 officers killed, dropping 32 percent compared to 72 deaths in 2011. Ambush attacks were the leading circumstance of fatal shootings, with 15 officer fatalities, followed by nine officers killed feloniously during traffic stops or pursuits. Drug related matters and robberies in progress each had five fatalities.
“The loss of any officer is unacceptable and devastating to their family, their community and our nation. However, I am encouraged to see a significant decrease in the number of law enforcement officers killed in 2012 after two years of alarming increases in the number of fatalities,” stated Craig W. Floyd, the Memorial Fund’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Desert Waters Correctional Outreach- http://desertwaters.com
Fundraising art for Desert Waters
100 Club of Arizona - http://100club.org
To see all the Fine Art America images with the work Cops as a key
Thank you to all who go into danger everyday...