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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION
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2020 Line of Duty Deaths

First responders experience extreme physical demands, often in hazardous environments. Many tragedies occur suddenly and without warning. Gunshot wounds, building collapses, vehicular accidents, assaults and other causal factors contribute to untimely deaths in our emergency response community.

Further, first responders face several threats to occupational related diseases such as cancer and cardiorespiratory related diseases. Law enforcement, firefighting and rescue activities are inherently dangerous occupations.


34 Fatalities Reported in 2020*

(*does not include comprehensive suicide data)

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The IPSA recognizes there are no international definitions for what constitutes a line of duty death. There is no international clearinghouse that captures all line of duty deaths. Given that we are an international organization, we will do our best to recognize fallen heroes as we learn about them.

February 

Deputy Sheriff Richard Whitten
Monday, February 3, 2020
Liberty County Sheriff's Office (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (5/29/2019 incident)




Police Officer Nick O'Rear
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Kimberly Police Department (AL)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (vehicle pursuit)



Trooper Joseph Bullock
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Florida Highway Patrol (FL)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (approached a disabled vehicle)




Police Officer Kenneth Reid Lester
Monday, February 10, 2020
Richmond Police Department (IN)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (1995 incident)




Chief Manuel Galindo, Jr.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Fort Hancock Volunteer Fire Department (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (apparatus rollover)



Deputy Sheriff Donna Richardson-Below
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office (LA)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (oncoming vehicle)



K9 Hondo
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Herriman City Police Department (UT)

Country: United States
Cause: GSW (warrant, wanted subject)



Lieutenant Shirley Lanning
Friday, February 14, 2020
Canadian County Sheriff's Office (OK)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash 




Officer David Kellywood
Monday, February 17, 2020
White Mountain Apache Tribal PD, (AZ)
Country: Tribal (United States)
Cause: GSW




Captain Raymond Figuero
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Porterville City Fire Department (CA)
Country: United States
Cause: Structure fire (library)


Firefighter Patrick Jones
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Porterville City Fire Department (CA)
Country: United States
Cause: Structure fire (library)


January 

Investigator Ryan D. Fortini
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
New York State Police (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: Cancer (9/11 related)




Firefighter Chuck McCormick
Sunday, January 5, 2020
West Peculiar Fire Protection District (MO)
Country: United States
Cause: Floor collapsed (house fire)


Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Florence Reg. Airpt. Dept. of Public Safety (SC)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW




Police Officer Paul Dunn
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Lakeland Police Department (FL)
Country: United States
Cause: Motorcycle crash



K9 Thorr
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Henry County Police Department (GA)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash



Chief John A. Brenson
Friday, January 10, 2020
Homewood Fire and Rescue Service (AL)
Country: United States
Cause: Unknown



Firefighter Mark Horwich
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Clover-Roane Volunteer Fire Department (WV)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (rollover)



Police Officer Nicholas Reyna
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Lubbock Police Department (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: Struck by vehicle (on-scene)


Lieutenant David Eric Hill
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Lubbock Fire Rescue (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: Struck by vehicle (on-scene)


Detective Amber Joy Leist
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (CA)
Country: United States
Cause: Struck by a vehicle (off-duty)



Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch
Monday, January 13, 2020
Howard Lake Fire Department (MN)
Country: United States
Cause: Heart attack


Deputy Sheriff Jarid Taylor
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Bryan County Sheriff's Office (OK)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash




Driver/Operator Roger D. DeLongchamp
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Willow-Caswell Fire Department (AK)
Country: United States
Cause: Heart Attack



Officer Tiffany-Victoria Bilon Enriquez
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Honolulu Police Department (HI)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW



Officer Kaulike Kalama
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Honolulu Police Department (HI)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW



Fire Marshal Timothy P. Smith
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Orange Fire Marshal's Office (CT)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash


Firefighter John Kevin Cash
Monday, January 20, 2020
Roswell Fire Department (GA)
Country: United States
Cause: Unknown



Deputy Sheriff Sheldon Gordon Whiteman
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Long County Sheriff's Office (GA)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (during pursuit)


Police Officer Katherine Thyne
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Newport News Police Department (VA)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicular assault (dragged by vehicle)




Major Angelanette Moore
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (VA)
Country: United States
Cause: Heart attack


Police Officer Matthew S. von Seydewitz
Monday, January 27, 2020
New York City Police Department (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: Cancer (9/11 related)



Police Officer Alan McCollum
Friday, January 31, 2020
Corpus Christi Police Department (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicular assault (drunk driver)




Firefighter Corbin Rogers
Friday, January 31, 2020
Spring Lake Fire Department (NC)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash


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