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Report Shows More Officers Dying in the Line of Duty

Last year was a deadly year for police officers. A report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows 458 officers died in 2021, a 55 percent jump compared to 2020 and the most since 1930. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death, followed by gunfire, and traffic accidents. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto said 62 officers died by gunfire, including 5 in Illinois. “When you look at what is happening on around the country today, there is no mistake that crime is up,” Ferranto said. The most recent Illinois police officer to die by gunfire was Bradley police officer Marlene Rittmanic, who was gunned down on Dec. 30, 2021, at a hotel. A man with an extensive police record is accused of murder in the case. Jim Kaitschuk, executive director of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, is concerned about several new criminal justice reform laws …

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