Two New York Police Department detectives were honored at high-profile funerals this week, and they were just the latest in a string of officers killed in the line of duty so far this year.
Law enforcement officers are dying amid a spike in violent crime that followed the anti-police unrest of 2020.
THE BLUE LIVES LOST
1. FERNANDO ARROYOS, 27: The Los Angeles Police Department officer was killed Jan. 10 in a shootout with gang members while he was house-hunting with his girlfriend.
Today we paid final respects to murdered LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos who was gunned down in an attempted robbery in Lynwood, CA on Jan 10, only 26 years old. A Cal grad and high achiever, he was on his way to great things in life. We lost a wonderful person. God Speed Fernando. pic.twitter.com/tfaowsDf5z
— Jeff Gorell (@JeffGorell) February 2, 2022
2. TYLER LENEHAN, 44: The Elk Grove, California, officer was riding his service motorcycle Jan. 21 when he was struck head-on and killed by a suspected drunk driver. Lenehan is survived by his wife and two children.
Yesterday we honored and celebrated the life of fallen Elk Grove Police Officer Tyler Lenehan. He was remembered for his infectious smile, love for his family, faith, and service to our community. May he rest in heaven. pic.twitter.com/P36LFUP9Ny
— Ted Gaines (@TedGaines) February 2, 2022
3. DETECTIVE JASON RIVERA, 22: The NYPD officer was shot while responding to a Jan. 21 domestic dispute call in Harlem and died of his wounds shortly thereafter. He is survived by his wife.
The NYPD knows how to put on a funeral, because the NYPD knows why it has to. https://t.co/wcgGhFkuPt
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 29, 2022
4. WILBERT MORA, 27: The NYPD officer was shot alongside Rivera, his partner, and died Jan, 25 after several days on life support. Mora, whose organs were donated to five patients in three states, is survived by his brother and sister.
Another amazing outpouring of love for a fallen hero who was one of America’s finest, NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora. We need real changes that back the blue and take back our streets from criminals, so that scenes like this one are far less common. pic.twitter.com/QZJoeT2bpg
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 3, 2022
5. CPL. CHARLES GALLOWAY, 47: The Harris County, Texas, officer was shot during a Jan. 23 traffic stop, and the suspect, an El Salvadoran national who entered the U.S. illegally, was later apprehended in Mexico. Galloway is survived by his daughter.
Today we celebrated the life of Corporal Charles Galloway, who was stolen from us too soon. In recognition of his service to our community, I am proclaiming today, February 1st, as Corporal Charles Galloway Day in Harris County. pic.twitter.com/yN02fWHZSt
— Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) February 1, 2022
6. SGT. RAMON GUTIERREZ, 45: The Harris County sheriff’s deputy was directing traffic Jan. 24 when he was struck and killed by a motorist who was allegedly drunk and attempted to flee the scene. Gutierrez is survived by his wife and three children.
Family and friends gather for a candlelight vigil in honor of HCSO Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez. We stand In solidarity and mourn his death. pic.twitter.com/v3cp42hmN9
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 28, 2022
7. DONALD SAHOTA, 52: The Vancouver, Washington, police officer was accidentally shot and killed Jan. 29 by a sheriff’s deputy while trying to detain an armed robber. He is survived by his wife and two children.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) January 31, 2022
New York City and many other major U.S. cities have seen last year’s record-breaking violent crime wave continue to grow in 2022.