A total of 1,511 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 151 per year. There were 129 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017.
There have been 58,627 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2016, resulting in 16,677 injuries.
Team BlueLine is a 501C3 non profit that raises money for families of officers killed or those severely injured in the line of duty. How many times have you seen on tv or read in the paper about a police officer being injured or killed in the line of duty? Have you ever asked yourself how you can help? After the funeral and the officer is laid to rest, the family is left with a shattered world to rebuild. For the officer that was severely injured, the medical and other bills start to build up. We here at Team BlueLine want to help with the rebuilding of lives and the giving of financial provisions to help during the process.
One of the ways Team BlueLine raises money is through Team BlueLine Racing. Team BlueLine Racing is made up of active and retired Law Enforcement officers, spouses, family members, and friends that are supportive of the cause. Team BlueLine Racing competes in Triathlons, Cycling Races, Road Races, and many other events in place of the heroes who have their given all in the line of duty.
Each year Team BlueLine Racing looks to support and fund raise for these officers or the families that where left behind.
Team BlueLine Racing will be fundraising for the following families of fallen officers and officers severely injured in the line of duty during the 2018 season:
1.) Detective Kristen Hearne - Polk County Police Department, GA - EOW Friday, September 29, 2017
Detective Kristen Hearne was shot and killed as she and another officer responded to a possible stolen vehicle call. A male subject ambushed her and the other officer. During the shooting, Detective Hearne was fatally wounded. She leaves behind her husband, Matt, and son, Isaac.
2.) Lieutenant Aaron Crook - Bluefield Police Department, WV - EOW Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Lieutenant Aaron Crook was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in vehicle pursuit of a suspected drunk driver. During the crash, he suffered fatal injuries. Lieutenant Crook was a Marine Corps veteran and leaves behind his wife Whitney, and two children, Bryceson and Paisley.
3.) Officer Chase Maddox- Locust Grove Police Department, GA - EOW Friday, February 9, 2018
Officer Chase Maddox was shot and killed while assisting two deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office serve a warrant. Upon arrival, the subject opened fire on all three officers, killing Officer Maddox and wounding the two deputies. Officer Maddox leaves behind his wife, Alex, and two sons. His second son was born two days after the shooting.
4.) Deputy Sheriff Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway - Henry County Sheriff Office, GA - Injured On Duty, Friday, February 9, 2018
Deputy Sheriff Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway was shot during a confrontation while attempting to serve a warrant. This was the same incident that Officer Chase Maddox was shot and killed while backing up Deputy Sheriff Callaway. He was shot in the stomach area and the bullet lodged in his hip.
5.) Officer Peter Tanzilli - Laguna Tribal Police Department, NM - Injured on Duty, Sunday, March 23, 2016
Officer Peter Tanzilli was shot one time on March 23rd, 2016. Officer Tanzilli was attempting to take two auto theft subjects into custody. One of the subjects ran away as Officer Tanzilli engaged in a fight with the second subject. During the struggle, the subject produced a handgun and shot Officer Tanzilli one time in his pelvis. Officer Tanzilli has been on leave since the shooting, but unable to return to law enforcement. The 9mm bullet fractured his left pelvis, then into his lower spine. The bullet is currently lodged between the L5 and S1. Additional bullet fragments have been left without the possibility of removal.
6.) Officer First Class Mike Macri - Annapolis Police Department, MD - Injured on Duty, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
While responding to a shots fired call, Officer Macri was in a vehicle crash due to a vehicle turning in front of him. Officer Macri suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae, and other serious injuries as a result of the accident. Officer Macri has been recovering, but unable to return to full time duty.
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