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Criteria for Inclusion


All submissions will be reviewed by a member of the Protect and Defend Board of Directors or committee established by the Board of Directors. Submissions that cannot be verified by a single board member will be reviewed by a majority of the full board. All decisions made by the board are final unless the board finds sufficient reason to re-review individual submissions at a later date. If at any time a name listed on the memorial page is found to not meet the criteria, the name will be removed from the Memorial Page.

 

QUALIFYING CAUSES OF DEATH

 

Felonious Causes: Any person who is killed in a felonious way as a result of a line of duty incident or military action.

 

Accidental Causes: Any person who dies in an accidental way as a result of a line of duty incident or military action.

 

The category "Gunfire (Accidental)" is defined as an incident in which the person is the victim of an accidental/unintentional discharge of a firearm by the victim or another officer/military member; is the victim a case of mistaken identity by another officer/military member; or, is fatally wounded as the result of friendly-fire during a shooting involving one or more suspects and one or more other officers/military members. The category "Gunfire" is defined as any incident in which a person is the victim of a shooting by a criminal in the commission of a crime; or, is the victim of a discharge of a weapon by a civilian.

 

Natural Causes: Any person who dies of natural causes (heart attack, brain aneurysm, etc.) due to physical exertion during a stressful event while on duty.

 

Example scenarios:

 

-Struggle with a suspect

-Foot chase or other pursuit of a suspect

-Required departmental training

The victim will only be eligible if hospitalization or death occurs within 48 hours of the incident and must be attributed to the incident by a certified medical professional. Written proof may be required via fax or U.S. mail. Natural causes deaths that occur while on-duty but not during or following a physical exertion during a stressful event will not be eligible.

 

Health Related Causes: Any person who dies as a result of any health related cause (illness, disease, infection, etc.) that is a direct result of the victim's official duties.

 

Example scenarios:

 

-Contraction of an infectious disease or illness such as Hepatitis or AIDS

-Contraction of an infection or illness as a result of a duty related illness

-Health related issues due to a HAZMAT incident

Evidence of a direct relation between a duty related incident and the contraction of a disease or illness must be presented in the form of official documentation.

 

Previous Injuries: Any person who dies as a result of any criminal act or accidental cause sustained at any time while on duty before the actual date of death. Written proof, such as a coroner's report or department records, may be required via fax or U.S. mail.

 

Off Duty Deaths: Any person who dies or is killed off duty while acting in an official capacity to prevent loss of property, injury, or death, or is targeted because of his/her duties or position.

 

DISQUALIFYING CIRCUMSTANCES

 

Any person whose death meets one of the following conditions shall be ineligible to be included on the Memorial Page:

 

-Deaths attributed to voluntary alcohol or controlled substance abuse or while the victim is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance

-Deaths caused by the intentional misconduct of the victim

-Deaths caused by the victim's intention to bring about his/her own death

-Deaths attributed to a person performing his/her duty in a grossly negligent manner at time of death

-Off-duty automobile accidents where the person is not involved in any type of duty related activity

-Private law enforcement, security, or corrections officers working for for-profit law enforcement companies (even if holding a state law enforcement commission)

-Private lifeguards, firefighters, or EMS personnel working for private companies not affiliated with a government agency nor providing services to a government agency or municipality

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Person: Anyone acting in a capacity as defined below who has either self-identified or through research has been found to have a sexual preference of Lesbian, gay, or is transgendered. 

 

Line of Duty Death: Any person who has died as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty. This includes persons who, while in an off-duty capacity, act in direct response to an emergency situation involving the general public or a violation of the law.  This also includes any military action or operation conducted by the United States Government.

 

Law Enforcement Officer: A law enforcement officer is any marshal, police officer, deputy sheriff, agent, or employee of any other title employed by a municipal, city, county, state, or federal agency and has powers of arrest. Any employee of a public authority, railroad, private institution of higher education, or otherwise holds a police commission from a state are considered law enforcement officers. Volunteer/Auxiliary officers/deputies who are granted powers of arrest while on duty are also considered law enforcement officers.

 

Correctional & Detention Officers: Officers who are employed as correctional or detention officers by any city, county, regional, state, or federal jail or corrections department are considered law enforcement officers for purposes of being honored on the Memorial Page, even if they do not have power of arrest outside the confines of the facility to which they are employed. The officer in question must be employed in a position that gives him/her primary or limited responsibility for the custody and security of suspected or convicted criminal offenders. If custody and security of suspected or convicted criminal offenders is not a person's primary function (e.g. correctional employee such as Maintenance Supervisor, Farm Manager, Food Service Instructor, etc.), then that person must be engaged in custody and security duties when their fatal injury is sustained.

 

Firefighter:  A firefighter is any firefighter, Investigator, or employee of any other title employed by a municipal city, county, state, or federal agency and has been assigned duties to include fire suppression, fire fighting, or fire prevention.  Any employee of a public authority, railroad, private institution of higher education, or otherwise holds a firefighter certification from a state are considered firefighters.  Volunteer/Auxiliary members who are charged with fire suppression, fire fighting, or fire prevention while on duty are also considered firefighters.

 

EMS:  Any member of the Emergency Medical Service assigned to the role of responding to medical emergencies who is employed by a municipal city, county, state, or federal agency.  Any employee of a private company, public authority, private institution of higher education, or private company who contracts to respond to medical emergencies for a municipal city, county, state, or federal agency will be considered EMS.  Volunteer/Auxiliary members who are charged with responding to medical emergencies while on duty are also considered EMS.  First Responders acting as a concerned citizen and not employed or an active volunteer/auxiliary member as described above at the time of death will not be considered qualifying under this title.

 

Military: Military personnel (enlisted or commissioned officers) who act on behalf on the United States Government. Military members will be included if the death occurs as a result of combat during a time of war, military conflict, military exercise, or military operation.

 

Civilian Military: Civilian persons assigned to military units shall be eligible to be included while assigned to war time areas only.

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