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Total Fatalities: 120—↑ 3%
Firearms-related: 48— ↑ 20%
Traffic-related: 39— ↓ 7%
Other Causes: 33—↓ 6%
Police Fatalities Increase 18 Percent Since 2016
Source: THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON by Madeleine Weast
Date: July 7, 2017
There has been an 18 percent increase in the number of police officers killed in the line of duty since this time last year, with New York City having the most deaths. "New York is right now at the top of the list in terms of states that have suffered line-of-duty deaths," said Nick Bruel, safety director for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.
National Slaying of NYPD officer marks increase in line-of-duty deaths of police
Source: Washington Post by Janell Ross and Mark Berman
Date: July 6, 2017
The man who ambushed a New York officer in a parked police vehicle earlier this week, gunning her down with a shot to the head, had been acting erratically in recent weeks and was “paranoid the police were following him,” an official said Thursday. The recent killings of law enforcement officers mark an uptick in line-of-duty deaths. Familia is among 24 officers fatally shot this year, up from 22 at the same point in 2016, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that tracks line-of-duty deaths.
Miosotis Familia was the 24th cop shot and killed in the line of duty in 2017
Source: MIC by Chauncey Alcorn
Date: July 5, 2017
NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed in the Bronx Wednesday morning, was the 24th officer to be fatally shot this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund.
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Pfc. Thomas Pressley's home was falling apart when Sgt. Juanita Eccles first met him. On Monday, they celebrated a new home. By Mark Segraves and Christian Paz - NBC4 (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)
Korean War Veteran Gets Home Makeover Thanks to DC Officer, Nonprofit
Sgt. Juanita Eccles was on duty when Pfc. Thomas Pressley first stumbled into a police station asking for her help.
Eccles recalled, "He comes in and he just says, 'please, please, can I get some help?'"
Pressley, a Korean War veteran, was hungry and haggard, Eccles remembered. She used her own money to buy Pressley some food that day but realized that his troubles ran deeper than that when she visited Pressley's home.
"The mold was higher than your hip. And the floors you couldn't walk on because you'd fall through. The contractor went upstairs and said 'the toilet is sinking through the floor'," she said.
Pressley's house was in complete disrepair. Photos of Pressley's old home showed crumbling ceilings, dirt and grime on almost every surface and paint chipping from the walls.
And on top of that: Eccles said she learned from a nephew of Pressley's that the veteran had been a victim of financial elder abuse and his entire life savings had been stolen.
So Eccles resolved to fix the situation. Eccles partnered with D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau and local non-profit Purple Heart Homes, which works to improve the lives of veterans experiencing housing insecurity, and corporate sponsors like Home Depot and Comcast, a parent company of News4, to repair and refurbish Pressley's home.
"This is a godsend. Money can't buy this when someone has that kind of love," Pressley said.
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