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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.


11 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.

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)


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




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