This weekly feature is designed to recognize those who've made the ultimate sacrifice to serve their communities and serves as a reminder of what our police risk to keep us safe.
This is the unfortunate news:
- 148 police officers died in the line of duty in 2018 and the top cause of death was murder for the first time on record.
- 68 police officers have died while serving in 2019.
- Six of those in Florida.
This week we lost Broward County Deputy Benjamin Nimtz. Benjamin died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident while responding to a domestic disturbance call. He was an Army veteran prior to his service with BSO. He’s survived by his wife and two children.
Moreover, in addition to losing 68 officers this year, there are 41 widows and 85 children who have lost a parent. The average age of the fallen, 42. The average tour of duty, 13 years. Remember to back the badge and spread the word. Please remember the families. Media often aren't there for our law enforcement, but we can be. Let our police, and their families, know we support them every chance you get. They need it now more than ever, just as we need them more than ever.
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