National Police Week 2015

Posted by fuzzy | May 13, 2015 0

National Police Week
Since record keeping began in 1791, more than 22,000 American law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. On average, an officer in the United States dies in the line of duty every 58 hours.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls is known as Police Week (www.policeweek.org). Each year Washington, D.C. hosts a law enforcement memorial, which attracts law enforcement from across the country, during that week to remember those lost in the line of duty (www.nleomf.org). Additionally, an online memorial site is dedicated to memorializing those who’ve died. The site, Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org), allows visitors to learn more about law enforcement officers who died on the job.

Across North Carolina to date, 539 officers and three K-9s have died in the line of duty – most of them by intentional gunfire.

Cause of line of duty deaths in North Carolina:

  • Accidental: 2
  • Aircraft accident: 9
  • Assault: 14
  • Automobile accident: 67
  • Drowned: 2
  • Explosion: 1
  • Fall: 1
  • Gunfire: 310
  • Gunfire (Accidental): 11
  • Heart attack: 26
  • Heat exhaustion: 2
  • Motorcycle accident: 17
  • Stabbed: 2
  • Struck by train: 2
  • Struck by vehicle: 17
  • Training accident: 3
  • Vehicular assault: 19
  • Vehicle pursuit: 34

Join us in remembering those officers who have died in Western North Carolina while on duty:

Asheville Police Department: 7

  • Senior Police Officer Robert Bingaman (2013)
  • Police Officer Alfred Baird (1972)
  • Chief of Police Harold Enloe (1951)
  • Police Officer Major Hubert Worley (1933)
  • Officer Edward McConnell (1911)
  • Officer Charles Robert Blackstock (1906)
  • Officer James William Bailey (1906)

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: 4

  • Sgt. Jeffrey Todd Hewitt (2004)
  • Patrol Deputy Ervin L. Penland (1974)
  • Deputy Sheriff Perry Bud Davis (1965)
  • Deputy Sheriff E.K. Hensley (1924

Canton Police Department: 1

  • Patrolman George Rogers (1974)

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: 4

  • Deputy Roy Eugene Ashe (1995)
  • Sheriff Charles Griffin Middleton (1953)
  • Sheriff Charles Clarence Mason (1938)
  • Deputy Sheriff Claude Green

NC State Highway Patrol: 58 (Including the following from Asheville’s Troop G)

  • Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr. (2008)
  • Senior Trooper Anthony Greg Cogdill (2003)
  • Master Trooper Calvin E. Taylor (2001)
  • Trooper Bobby Lee Coggins (1985)
  • Trooper Giles Arthur Harmon (1985)
  • Trooper Robert L. “Pete” Peterson (1979)
  • Patrolman Lawrence Canipe Jr. (1974)
  • Sgt. William Dean Arledge (1974)

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