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Officer Quickfire News Recap: Second Week of May

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis.

Because of this, the Officer.com staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (May 9-11)

An officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks was killed in the line of duty Friday night.

Officials say that Master Sgt. John Collum was investigating a prowler on John Rankin Highway around 10 p.m. when he was struck by a 2002 Nisan Sentry.

The Metro Nashville Police Department was also in mourning after an officer was fatally struck by a motor home while assisting at the scene of a wreck Saturday morning.

Officer Michael Petrina was directing traffic at the scene of a previous crash when the motor home rounded a blind curve on the highway and slammed into the 25-year-old rookie.

Two Killeen, Texas police officers were wounded in an early morning shooting Friday.

Officials said the Tactical Response Team and Bell County Organized Crime Unit went to serve a warrant when a male and female inside an apartment opened fire. Two other officer were hit, but were protected by their equipment.

Members of the NYPD Aviation Unit used a helicopter to rescue a hiker with a broken ankle from a cliff near the Hudson River in New Jersey Sunday.

The crew flew alongside the steep cliff and hovered about 50 feet above the injured woman while an officer was lowered to her and she was placed in a rescue basket and taken to Nyack Hospital.

Monday (May 12)

The Killeen, Texas Police Department mourned the loss of a detective who died Sunday, two days after he was shot in the face while serving a warrant.

Detective Charles Dinwiddie and other SWAT team members attempted to breach a window while serving a narcotics search warrant when the suspect opened fire.

A Brentwood, N.H. police officer was fatally shot while responding to the report of a domestic disturbance.

Officials say a man opened fire on Officer Steve Arkell before the home erupted in flames.

An off-duty Mesa, Ariz. police officer on his way home from a shift was killed by a wrong-way driver.

Officer Brandon Mendoza was struck head on by a driver who drove more than 30 miles in the wrong direction despite attempts by police to stop him.

President Barack Obama honored the nation's top police officers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

The 53 officers, detectives, patrolmen, special agents, and troopers were recipients of the 2014 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS awards.

Members of the Police Unity Tour completed their long journey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The nearly 1,800 members who traveled hundreds of miles from locations along the east coast arrived at the memorial shortly after 2 p.m.

Tuesday (May 13)

Despite being delayed by close to two hours by inclement weather, thousands were in attendance for the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The names of 286 law enforcement officers were formally dedicated on the walls of the memorial.

A Centerville, Iowa police officer only has minor injuries after a bizarre incident during traffic stop last week.

Dashcam video shows Officer Jeremy Veach talking to a driver he pulled over when a tree fell on him.

Citing the death of a highway patrol trooper this month, Gov. Rick Scott said he would veto a bill the Florida Legislature passed which would raise the speed-limit on some stretches on interstate.

Trooper Chelsea Richard was killed on duty May 3 along with a tow truck driver when a pickup truck veered onto the shoulder on I-75 near Ocala.

The NYPD has taken a tough stance in a heated legal battle over its continuing use of Muslim informants in terror threat investigations.

Muslim groups filed a civil rights lawsuit last year that asked a federal judge to declare the surveillance unconstitutional and halt it.

Wednesday (May 14)

Two officers came to the aid of a band member who collapsed at the 19th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service in Washington, D.C.

Orlando Lt. Douglas Goerke and St. Louis County, Mo. Officer Gary Robertson came to the aid of the member of the Lake County, Ind. Sheriff's Department pipe and drum band after he suffered a medical emergency.

Detroit police were searching for a prisoner who escaped from custody while receiving treatment at Sinai Grace Hospital.

Officials say 19-year-old Kenneth Hickman fled from his hospital bed when the officer who was assigned to him stepped out of the room.

Law enforcement officers are increasingly being called upon to defuse violent, unpredictable situations through the use of cell phone text messages.

Experts say it's happened enough in the last five years to warrant new, specialized training.

Thursday (May 15)

The 33rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service was held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address at the event sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

While Biden was in attendance at the Peace Officers' Memorial Service, President Barack Obama spoke at the dedication of the new Sept. 11 museum in New York.

The museum welcomed victims, survivors and responders and opens to the public on May 21.

A Fort Lauderdale , Fla. police officer was lauded for helping a barefoot homeless man who reported his shoes had been stolen as he slept.

Officer Rolando Rivera gave Brian Espeut a brand new pair of $44 boots and a $15 package of tube socks.

Friday (May 16)

A Missouri City, Texas police officer went over the edge of a bridge after a vehicle rear-ended his cruiser.

Officer Kenneth Lewis and his partner were conducting a traffic when another vehicle slammed into the back of their patrol car, causing the officer to fall close to 30 feet down off of the bridge.

,p> Police unions across the country are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

Some police chiefs and municipal leaders oppose the efforts, saying they are concerned the benefits would strain budgets and lead to frivolous claims.

A year later, the slaying of a Bardstown, Ky police officer is still unsolved -- something that is rare in investigations of law enforcement deaths.

Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and killed while he was removing tree limbs from a road while driving home from his shift on May 25, 2013.

 

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