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)
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.
Investigator Ryan D. Fortini
Firefighter Chuck McCormick
Public Safety Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler
Police Officer Paul Dunn
Chief John A. Brenson
Firefighter Mark Horwich
Police Officer Nicholas Reyna
Detective Amber Joy Leist
Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch
Deputy Sheriff Jarid Taylor