FEBRUARY | 2023
From Research to the Vigil, Each Step with Care
As the leading authority in line of duty deaths, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently released our end-of-year fatality report documenting how 226 law enforcement officers died in 2022. Of those 226 in 2022, the deaths were attributed to Covid-19 (70), traffic related fatalities (56), medical events including 9-11 related illnesses (36), and 64 officers who died by firearms fatalities.
Death by firearms remains the most pressing concern, as the 64 such deaths in both 2021 and 2022 are 21% higher compared to the prior decade.
We are in the final phase of evaluating any remaining cases from 2022 and years prior. We have one additional Names Committee meeting in the days ahead, where a final review will be completed of names being considered for possible inclusion on our sacred Memorial. Once that list of official line-of-duty deaths has been finalized, we will begin the long process of planning where each name will be inscribed on the Walls of Remembrance. The engraving will begin in April of this year, and will conclude well before the 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2023. During the Vigil, we will memorialize the names of all those who sacrificed everything in service to their community and this country. Each step of this process takes time and care, and we continue to be honored to fulfill our promise to honor the fallen and forever remember and share the stories of these heroes.
Executive Director, Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund