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LAPS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT 2018

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Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Created April 4, 2018
Last year I raised over $3,000 for the Concerns of Police Survivors - DC Chapter as part of a service related project for my attendance at the FBI Youth Leadership Program. This year my brother Rory and my Dad are joining me for the second annual Laps for Law Enforcement! Our goal is to raise $5,000 in two weeks. All of the money raised will go directly to the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) DC Chapter. COPS was founded on the premise of remembering the sacrifice of law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty, while honoring their survivors. They specifically provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected coworkers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 

Beginning Wednesday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 18 all three of us will be swimming laps in honor of the men and women of law enforcement who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty. Each night we will swim in honor of a specific fallen hero. We will also post daily updates on our progress. 

Our plan is to present the check to COPS-DC prior to Police Week 2018 at their survivor breakfast on May 5, 2018. Please consider donating to to the Concerns of Police Survivors DC Chapter.

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” - Vienna Eney Cross - Survivor.
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Day 15 of Laps for Law Enforcement 2018.

Tonight was the final swim for Laps for Law Enforcement 2018 and we swam in remembrance of the 39 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty this year. We swam earlier for Sergeant Mujahid Ramzziddin from the PG County Police who was killed in the line of duty on February 21, 2018.

Thank you very much to everyone who has supported Laps for Law Enforcement 2018. We will leave the campaign open through tomorrow for anyone that wishes to donate. All of the donations go to the Concerns of Police Survivors - DC Chapter. Thanks again.

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 39
9/11 related illness 3
Assault 1
Automobile crash 10
Drowned 1
Gunfire 20
Gunfire (Accidental) 1
Struck by vehicle 1
Vehicle pursuit 1
Vehicular assault 1
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Tonight we swam for the 135 law enforcement officers that were killed in the line of duty in 2017. This included local heroes like Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Benjamin Cohen from the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshall and Detective Sean Matthew Suiter from the Baltimore City Police Department.

The Virginia State Police had three line of duty deaths in 2017. Special Agent Michael Timothy Walter was shot and killed on Saturday, May 27th and Lt. Pilot Henry John “Jay” Cullen, III and Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates we’re both killed in a helicopter accident as they monitored the demonstrations and civil unrest in Charlottesville.

These officers and all of those that died in 2017 were heroes. They will never be forgotten.

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 135

9/11 related illness 6
Aircraft accident 2
Animal related 1
Assault 5
Automobile crash 28
Boating accident 2
Drowned 5
Duty related illness 3
Exposure to toxins 1
Gunfire 46
Heart attack 15
Motorcycle crash 4
Stabbed 1
Struck by vehicle 4
Unidentified 1
Vehicle pursuit 5
Vehicular assault 6

Tomorrow is the last night for Laps for Law Enforcment 2018. Please keep those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in your thoughts and prayers.

Darby, Rory and Greg
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Day 13 of Laps for Enforcement 2018.

Tonight we swam for the 161 law enforcement line of duty deaths in 2016. How these officers died are listed below and it includes a number of local heroes who we previously swam for such as Corporal Harvey Snook III from Arlington County Police as well as Officer Ashley Marie Guindon from the Prince William County Police.

It also includes Corporal Jacai David Colson of the Prince George's County Police and Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer of the Virginia State Police. All of these officers are heroes and they will never be forgotten.

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 161
9/11 related illness 11
Aircraft accident 1
Animal related 1
Assault 3
Automobile crash 21
Drowned 2
Duty related illness 1
Fall 1
Gunfire 64
Gunfire (Accidental) 3
Heart attack 15
Motorcycle crash 8
Stabbed 1
Struck by train 1
Struck by vehicle 10
Training accident 1
Vehicle pursuit 4
Vehicular assault 13
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Day 12 of Laps for Law Enforcement 2018.

Today we swam for Officer Noah Aaron Leotta from the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland.

On December 3, 2015, Officer Leotta was struck by a drunk driver near the intersection of Rockville Pike and Edmonston Drive in Montgomery County. Officer Leotta was conducting a traffic stop on Rockville Pike at approximately 9:45 PM while working an alcohol task force. He had contacted the driver and was getting back into his patrol car when a second vehicle struck his patrol car and then struck him.

Officer Leotta was transported to Suburban Hospital where he remained on life support until passing away on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Officer Leotta served with the MCPD for three years. In September 2016, a Maryland law dedicated to the memory of Officer Noah Leotta was passed by the Maryland General Assembly. "Noah's Law" makes the installation of an ignition interlock mandatory for first time offenders of DUI laws.

Officer Noah Leotta you will never be forgotten!

Darby, Rory and Greg
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