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Ultimate Sacrifice: How 105 Officers Died in the Line of Duty

In recognition of National Police Week, Patch identifies how the nation's police officers gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2013.

Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was shot and killed while serving a search warrant at a home on Roberts Avenue, in Catonsville, Md.
Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was shot and killed while serving a search warrant at a home on Roberts Avenue, in Catonsville, Md.

By Tom Davis

Gunfire was the leading cause of death for police officers in the line of duty in 2013. The number, 30, was down sharply from 1973, when 144 officers were felled by bullets.

But cops suffering at the hands of a gunman and gunmen has been the leading cause of death of on-duty officers for more than a century.

In recognition of National Police Week, Patch remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice by identifying the leading causes of death in the United States 2013.

The material was compiled by the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes. The page keeps track of the more than 20,000 officers who died while protecting their neighborhoods, their streets and their citizens, and pays tribute by preserving their memories.

The page was created in 1996 by future Police Officer Chris Cosgriff, then a James Madison University freshman, who read a Washington Post article about the release of a murderer who was convicted of slaying two Prince George's County, Md. police officers.

He felt compelled to honor the officers through the Internet. In recognition of National Police Week, Patch, funeral homes and Facebook also captured small glimpses of their lives through pictures and anecdotes.

Mark Cook May 13, 2014 at 06:34 PM
30 Officers killed by gunfire, I'd like to know how many civilians have been killed by police across that country, I'm guessing that number is significantly higher.
Sola May 14, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Hopefully more criminals are killed than officers.
KELLY D. DIVINE May 14, 2014 at 05:15 AM
AS IT SHOULD BE MARK. I AM GRATEFUL TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. LAW ENFORCEMENT MEN AND WOMEN CHOSE THEIR CAREER BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY CARING PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE INTEGRITY. THEY HAVE COMPASSION AND THEY ARE FEARLESS. THEY ARE REALLY BRAVE. TO SEE THE HORRIFIC THINGS THEY SEE AND DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS MUST BE ROUGH. I REALLY LOOK UP TO ANY INDIVIDUAL IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU GUYS ARE BADASS!!!
Brian Blackden May 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM
What amazes me is that the suicide rate of officers is nearly four times higher than on duty gun deaths. It should be a concern that the persons who are responding and protecting people with firearms are killing themselves with them at a rate above civilians and just below the military. This, to me, shows a need for psychological intervention if the police are dying at their own hand at a rate far exceeding being killed by criminals.

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