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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.


66 Fatalities Reported in 2020*

*does not include comprehensive suicide data, includes COVID-19 cases

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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. Our data includes off-duty fatalities (e.g. killed before/after shift, etc). 

April 

Deputy/SRO Bud Phouang
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (NC)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19




Deputy Jeff Hopkins
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
El Paso County Sheriff's Office (CO)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Police Officer Marco Di Franco
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Chicago Police Department (IL)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Deputy Terrell Young
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Riverside County Sheriff's Department (CA)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


March

Paramedic David Mimm
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Care Ambulance (AL)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash



Safety Officer Joe Jessie Tucker, Jr.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department (NC)
Country: United States
Cause: Medical (unknown)



Firefighter Jerome Guise
Monday, March 9, 2020
Citizen's Fire Co. No. 1 of Mt. Holly Springs (PA)
Country: United States
Cause: Roof collapse (battling fire)


Police Officer Brent Scrimshire
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Hot Springs Police Department (AR)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (traffic stop)




Corporal James O'Connor
Friday, March 13, 2020
Philadelphia Police Department (PA)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (arrest warrant)



Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren
Friday, March 13, 2020
Forsyth Township Fire Department (MI)
Country: United States
Cause: Trapped (structure fire, floor collapse)


Firefighter Zachary S. Blankenship
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department (WV)
Country: United States
Cause: Stroke



Police Officer Christopher Walsh
Monday, March 16, 2020
Springfield Police Department (MO)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (active shooter)



Communications Operator Deborah Harris
Monday, March 16, 2020
Milwaukee Police Department (WI)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash (off-duty)


Deputy Sheriff Kenterrous Taylor
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Bibb County Sheriff's Office (GA)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash




Senior Deputy Christopher Scott Korzilius
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Travis County Sheriff's Office (TX)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash



Police Officer Kaia Grant
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Springdale Police Department (OH)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicular assault



Police Officer Bronelle Barrett Lee
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Chester City Police Department (PA)
Country: United States
Cause: Medical unknown


911 Dispatcher (name unknown)
Monday, March 23, 2020
Detroit Police Department (MI)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Trooper Justin R. Schaffer
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Washington State Patrol (WA)
Country: United States
Cause: Struck by vehicle (during pursuit)




Captain Jonathan Parnell
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Detroit Police Department (MI)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Commander Donafay Collins
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Wayne County Sheriff's Office (MI)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson
Thursday, March 26, 2020
NYPD (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Police Admin. Aide Giacomina Barr-Brown
Thursday, March 26, 2020
NYPD (NY)
Country: United States 
Cause: COVID-19


Sergeant Ben Jenkins
Friday, March 27, 2020
Nevada Highway Patrol (NV)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (traffic stop)





Trooper Nolan J. Sanders
Friday, March 27, 2020
North Carolina Highway Patrol (NC)
Country: United States
Cause: Vehicle crash




Detective Cedric Dixon
Saturday, March 28, 2020
NYPD (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


School Safety Agent Sabrina Jefferson
Sunday, March 29, 2020
NYPD (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Commander Greg Carnicle
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Phoenix Police Department (AZ)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (domestic disturbance)


Senior Police Admin. Aide Gwendolyn King
Monday, March 30, 2020
NYPD (NY)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Firefighter-EMT Israel Tolentino
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Passaic Fire Department (NJ)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


Detective Marylou Armer
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Santa Rosa Police Department (CA)
Country: United States
Cause: COVID-19


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)


Firefighter/EMT Donald “Donny” Lepper
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Indianola Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad (NE)
Country: United States
Cause: Heart attack


Corporal Andrew Gillette
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Sumter County Sheriff's Office (SC)
Country: United States
Cause: GSW (eviction notice)





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



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




Paramedic Mike Wilder
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Wamsutter Ambulance Service (WY)
Country: United States 
Cause: Heart attack


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)


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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