COVID-19 top killer of law enforcement so far this year

COVID-19 top killer of law enforcement so far this year
COVID-19 is now the top killer of law enforcement officers, according to The Officers Down Memorial Page. (Source: The Officers Down Memorial Page Facebook page)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - COVID-19 is now the top killer of law enforcement officers so far this year, according to The Officers Down Memorial Page.

ODMP is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to honoring fallen officers.

The National Fraternal Order of Police reported Monday that 225 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty due to COVID-19.

“While COVID-19 is without a doubt a public health crisis, it is also a public safety crisis," the FOP said in a prepared statement.

“The FOP knew at the beginning of the pandemic that law enforcement officers on the front lines combating this pandemic—more than 90% of whom will be responding from local and State agencies—would be increasingly vulnerable to contracting the virus. COVID-19 makes no distinction between age, race or gender. As we had feared, the virus has claimed the lives of many, and now includes a growing number of law enforcement officers.”

Another 86 officers died from other means, mainly auto and gunfire, according to the ODMP’s website.

COVID has killed more than three times as many officers as the next two leading causes of death this year, according to ODMP.

Ohio has reported 4 officer deaths, Indiana reported two and in Kentucky, there are zero.

You can see the full list here.

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