A Candlelight Vigil is scheduled for Tuesday night in Washington D-C for the 286 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, whose names are being added to the walls of the national Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Six law enforcement officers from Michigan are among those being memorialized. The list includes Rodney Wayne Jones - Detroit, Michigan, P.D.(9/14/2013), Patrick Eugene Hill - Detroit, Michigan, P.D. (10/19/2013), Paul Kenyon Butterfield II - Michigan State Police (9/9/2013), Robert William Dooley - Detroit, Michigan, P.D. (9/15/2012), James Pollock - Houghton County, Michigan, S.O. (10/8/1913) and George W Haight - Michigan Department of Corrections (3/27/1893).
The event is in conjunction with National Police Week.
In 2013, Texas once again led the nation in law enforcement officer deaths with 12, followed by California with 10, Arkansas, Mississippi, and New York with six, and Florida and Louisiana, each with four officer deaths.
While the leading cause, traffic-related fatalities decreased in 2013, with 43 officers killed nationwide- a 10 percent decrease over the 2012 figure (48). Twenty-eight of those officers died in automobile crashes; 11 were struck and killed while outside of their vehicles; and four were killed in motorcycle crashes.
Twenty-six officers were killed due to other circumstances. National Police Week 2014 is observed May 11-17 with events planned in Washington, DC, including the 26th annual Candlelight Vigil set for 8 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.
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