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Dramatic Drop in Police Officer Deaths in 2017
Source: U.S. News & World Report by Alexa Lardieri
Date: December 28, 2017

After three years on the rise, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty is close to a 50-year low.

Number of officers killed hits 2nd-lowest in more than 50 years
Source: USA TODAY by Christal Hayes
Date: December 28, 2017

The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped sharply in 2017, marking the second-lowest toll in more than 50 years. As of Thursday, 128 officers have died in the line of duty this year, with 44 shot and killed. That's down 10% from 2016, when 143 officers died, with 66 gunned down, according to data released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit aimed at honoring officers and improving safety.

2017 Law Enforcement death report to be released this week
Source: FOX 7 by Noelle Newton
Date: December 26, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas - This week, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will release its officer fatalities report. Deaths are down 13 percent over the last year, but Texas still tops the list as the most dangerous place to work.

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(Photo courtesy of Jacob Moore) Article by Allison Klein, Washington Post

A police officer rescued a couple from this burning home. He went back in for the dog.

Officer Jacob Moore stepped into the Buena Vista, Va., police station one morning last week and heard an alert that a house was on fire. It was on the street where he lived.

He got into his squad car and dashed over. Flames were leaping off the house of a retired couple he knew — which was four houses away from his own home.

He went in the front door and saw one of the homeowners, Lovie Atkinson, standing in the kitchen as it quickly filled with smoke.

“She didn’t know what was truly going on,” said Moore, 28, who has been a Buena Vista officer for two years. “She was standing there screaming for her dog. She didn’t want to leave her dog. She was screaming, Zoey! Zoey! Zoey!”

The rest was captured by his body camera: Atkinson ran back into the house and went upstairs, yelling for Zoey, who began to bark.

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Thank you to all who joined us for the Run for the Badge on October 14th at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial! Your support for law enforcement and your participation and fundraising helps us honor the contribution and sacrifice officers make every day. All proceeds benefit the Memorial Fund.

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