Kentucky Deputy Dies In Collision

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Franklin  was killed in an automobile crash on Kentucky 90, just west of Glasgow.
His vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment, and then landed in a small  pond. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Please contact the following  agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Kent Keen Barren County Sheriff’s Office 117 North Public Square Suite 1B Glasgow, KY 42141

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LAPD Officer Killed In Crash

March 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Police Officer Nicholas Lee was killed when his patrol car collided with a  commercial vehicle at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, in  the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles.

He and an officer he was training  were responding to a call when the patrol car collided with the truck carrying a  roll-off dumpster at approximately 8:00 am. The other officer and truck driver  both suffered critical injuries.

Officer Lee had served with the Los  Angeles Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and two  daughters.

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2 Oklahoma Officers Die In Crash

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHITA COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol continues to investigate the high speed chase that ended in the death of the suspect and two Washita County lawmen.

Gail O’Neil said, “I thought to myself, if anyone survived that, it would be a miracle.”

O’Neil could see the law enforcement crash scene outside the window of her home.

In a crumbled SUV was Washita County Undersheriff Brian Beck.

Inside a wrecked Burns Flat patrol car was Officer Kris Willhight.

The pair were working together to chase down Quentin Johnson.

The Undersheriff arrived at Johnson’s home in Sentinel home at 9:40 a.m. Thursday to serve a warrant for his arrest.

Investigators say the 27-year-old was wanted for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, concealing stolen property and a felon in possession of a firearm.

When Undersheriff Beck arrived, Johnson jumped in his truck and sped off.

Undersheriff Beck took off to chase him and Officer Willhight joined in to help.

After chasing Johnson for 31 minutes, the run took a deadly turn.

Johnson crashed his truck in an empty field near Hwy 42 and Rambo St.

Undersheriff Beck and Officer Willhight were headed to that scene when they collided in to one another. Neither survived.

“It’s sad, you know,” O’Neil said. “That two of the guys were in the course of their business and they won’t be coming home tonight.”

Law enforcement agencies across the state sent their condolences.

“Our sympathies go out to the families on both sides of this tragic event,” OHP Lt. Brian Orr. “There’s a lot of pain right now that they’re dealing with.”

Word of the deaths spread quickly through the communities.

“We’re all real close. It hit home real hard,” Jonathan Jackson said.

Seeing law enforcement clean up the wreck that killed two of their own was a heavy sight for O’Neil.

“When they woke up this morning, they did not know that was going to happen,” O’Neil said. “Now their families are forever affected. It’s a sad deal.”

Beck was 39-years-old and Willhight was 36-years-old.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Willhight was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

However, the report says Beck was not buckled in.

Authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Funeral services are pending for both lawmen

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South Carolina Deputy Dies After Being Ejected

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

florencectyDeputy Sheriff Joseph Antwine died from injuries he sustained when his patrol car was involved in a collision with a light pole.

Deputy Antwine and his partner were responded to a back-up another unit at a domestic violence call when he lost control of the vehicle as it rounded a curve on Half Moon Road in Johnsonville. Both Deputy Antwine and his partner were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned and struck a pole.

Both of the Deputies were removed to McLeod Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. Deputy Antwine’s partner was released several days later, however Deputy Antwine remained in intensive care with serious injuries. He died one week later from those injuries.

Deputy Antwine had served with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for less that a year.

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North Carolina Officer Dies After Car Goes Off Bridge

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ASHEVILLE, NC (WIS/WYFF) – A police officer died when his cruiser went off a bridge in Asheville early Tuesday afternoon.

The police car plummeted off the Jeff Bowen Bridge on Highway 240 and landed along Riverside Drive at about 1 p.m.

The cruiser was flipped up on end, with its hood crushed into the ground and the rear of the car against a bridge piling.

Asheville Police Chief William Anderson said Tuesday afternoon that Officer Robert Bingaman died in the crash.

“Despite the efforts of emergency personnel and our own officers who responded to the scene, officer Bingaman succumbed to his injuries,” said a visibly shaken Anderson. “It goes without saying that this is a great loss for our department, the City of Asheville and our community.”

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Florida Deputy Dies In Single Vehicle Collision

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Bomber Road, near Spruce Road, at approximately 9:15 am.

He was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons. A nearby resident who heard the crash called 911 to report the crash and responding rescue workers extricated him from his patrol car. He was transported to Winter Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Master Deputy Robbins had served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and was assigned to the Northeast District. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Dallas Police Officer Killed In Crash

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A Dallas police officer was killed Saturday in a car crash in south Texas.
A Facebook message sent Saturday evening by the Dallas Police Department said Senior Corporal Recardo Trejo, a 36-year veteran of the department, was off-duty at the time of the crash.
Trejo was assigned to the Southeast Division.

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Ohio Officer Killed In Collision: Details Emerge

September 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

WILLOUGHBY — Officer Jason Gresko was on his way to help an officer who was dealing with an intoxicated man at Lake West Medical Center when his cruiser collided with a pickup truck.

We are now hearing the police dispatch recordings from the night of the accident. Gresko’s cruiser hit that tree so hard that he spun around.

Dispatchers said he was not answering his radio and the caller told the dispatcher that “I don’t think he is breathing.”

Dispatch: “You don’t’ think he is breathing?”

Caller: “I mean he, he is in bad shape.”

Dispatch: “Willoughby units enroute to the accident. Officers are requesting that you step it up. Repeat, step it up.”

Others say that Gresko was known to step it up, as many times he was the first on scene to help others.

Lauren Gieling was in an accident of her own and says she owes her life to Jason Gresko who was a close friend of her husband’s

Maryland Officer Ejected & Killed In Crash

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Police Officer Adrian Morris was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle on I-95, near the Powder Mill Road interchange, shortly before 1:00 pm.

Officer Morris and his partner had been investigating a theft when they spotted a car being driven by the suspect and attempted to stop it. The officers pursued the vehicle onto southbound I-95 and chased it a short distance until the vehicle purposefully cut them off, causing the patrol car to leave the roadway and enter a ravine. Officer Morris was ejected from the vehicle.

Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Officer Morris succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle they were pursuing continued to flee and remains at large.

Officer Morris had served with the Prince George’s County Police Department for 2-1/2 years and had previously served as an Explorer with the department. He was assigned to the 6th District.


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2012 Line of Duty Deaths: What Does It Mean?

July 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As I write this, we have officially entered the last half of 2012.  There has been plenty of tragedy but there is a pattern that has clearly emerged and that is over a 50% drop in line of duty deaths (LODD) from the same time last year.

We are currently in our 5th straight month of single digit deaths and to give you a perspective of how rare that is, it took us 3 previous years to match 5 months of single digit LODD and it has been since 1943 we had 5 months straight of single digit LODD.    Indeed, it has been much more likely that we see 15+ officers die in a month than what we have seen so far in 2012.  The old saying that “every 53 hours we lose an officer” has been true……until now.

What does that mean and can we attribute the sudden drop in LODD to something? 

To be clear, I am hesitant to attribute this to anything.  A former chief I worked for once said that if you take credit for something you better be ready to take the blame right around the corner and that is sound advice so I won’t take credit for anything but I will tell you what I believe has contributed to what we are currently seeing.  The sudden pattern simply cannot be ignored.

There are a lot of efforts out there but this reduction has happened so dramatically, it makes sense to point out what recently has come about that may be affecting it.

1.  Last year the DOJ mandated those agencies that get funding for ballistic vests to initiate policies that the wearing of those vests be mandatory.  My agency did that very thing as well as most others I knew.  There is no doubt in my mind that more officers are alive today because of these policies.  As I write, gunfire deaths are down 53%.

2.  The Below 100 Campaign took off like wild fire in 2012.  Go to and look at the map of the areas that received training and multiply that by 100 fold because there are officers in each of those sessions that went back to their departments and states and promoted the training.  We may never know how much of an impact this campaign is making because success means nothing happens but if we were honest, we would acknowledge that this training is unique and could have been just what was needed to “shake” the profession.  The campaign is heavily influenced by safe driving decisions.  As I write this, vehicle related deaths are down 40%.

3.  Jesus Christ.   My faith tells me that nothing happens without the Sovereign God of the Universe being involved.  We are to praise God in the bad and in the good.  Of course this may seem out of place to some but I am strongly convicted that it needs to be said.  I have seen more prayer and emphasis on the issue of law enforcement safety now more than ever.  Many do not know this but the Below 100 Campaign itself is an outreach of a Christian Ministry,  As I write this, overall LODD are down 52%.  The Sovereignty of God can be a confusing issue.  If you are interested in hearing a study on the issue, I spoke on it about a year ago.  You can listen here.

In closing, it is no time to celebrate.  We have lost 49 heroes in 2012 and the extreme dangers remain but the LODD total should be an encouragement to ramp up training even more as we move towards the end of the year.

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