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GWG Backs The Blue
November 23, 2016

By Shianne Gundersen, GWG Digital Marketing Specialist & TeamGWG Manager

As the wife of a police officer and after countless heartbreaking instances, I reached out to Jen O'Hara & Norissa Harman (co-founders of GWG) with the idea of designing a Girls With Guns Thin Blue Line t-shirt, where a portion of the proceeds would be donated to local Law Enforcement Organizations.   In a time of national disrespect and lack of support, Girls With Guns is proud to let our LEO's know that we back the blue, and introduce this brand new tee to show our relentless support.

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen and to show support for the living law enforcement officers and to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements. 

Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public and the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals and the would-be victims of crime.

The Girls With Guns Clothing Thin Blue Line Shirt has a flattering v-neck fit, with the basic GWG logo filled with the Thin Blue Line Flag.  A community that was once so quiet can now proudly show their support and love for guns, their country, and our LEO's.

A portion of the proceeds from all shirts sold will be donated to local K9 Officer Funds, which will help provide these officers and departments with the equipment they need for training, funding for medical needs, protective gear, and so much more.  

 

As we come to conclusion on a rough year for LEO's nationwide, I'd like to take a moment to recognize & honor the officers killed in 2016:

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

Corporal Harvey Snook, III
Arlington County Police Department, VA
EOW: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Danville Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr.
Danville Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

Police Officer Douglas Scott Barney, II.
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, UT
EOW: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Correctional Officer Adam Conrad
Marion County Sheriff's Office, IL
EOW: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government

Special Agent Scott McGuire
United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, US
EOW: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Seaside Police Department, Oregon

Sergeant Jason Goodding
Seaside Police Department, OR
EOW: Friday, February 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer
Mesa County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Monday, February 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne
Tulare County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

Senior Deputy Mark F. Logsdon
Harford County Sheriff's Office, MD
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

Senior Deputy Patrick B. Dailey
Harford County Sheriff's Office, MD
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverdale Police Department, Georgia

Major Gregory E. Barney
Riverdale Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fargo Police Department, North Dakota

Police Officer Jason Moszer
Fargo Police Department, ND
EOW: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

Special Agent Lee Tartt
Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, MS
EOW: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Park County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Corporal Nate Carrigan
Park County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

Officer Ashley Marie Guindon
Prince William County Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell
Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Euless Police Department, Texas

Police Officer David Stefan Hofer
Euless Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald
South Jacksonville Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, March 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Sean E. Cullen
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Nathan Taylor
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer I Jacai D. Colson
Prince George's County Police Department, MD
EOW: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman David Ortiz
El Paso Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, March 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Monday, March 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Trooper Thomas L. Clardy
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville Police Department, SC
EOW: Friday, March 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Howard County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz
Howard County Sheriff's Office, IN
EOW: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Susan Louise Farrell
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer Steven Michael Smith
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Jose Daniel Barraza
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Monday, April 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

Sergeant Jorge Ramos
Florida Department of Corrections, FL
EOW: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Investigator Anthony "TJ" Freeman
Bibb County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

Detective Brad D. Lancaster
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Monday, May 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer David Van Glasser
Phoenix Police Department, AZ
EOW: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

 Hilliard Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer Sean Richard Johnson
Hilliard Division of Police, OH
EOW: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.
Auburn Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter
Branch County Sheriff's Office, MI
EOW: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Animal related

Winnsboro Police Department, Louisiana

Sergeant Derrick Mingo
Winnsboro Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Verdell Smith, Sr
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Natasha Maria Hunter
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Government

Deportation Officer Brian Beliso
United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, US
EOW: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Pearland Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya
Pearland Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

San Jose Police Department, California

Police Officer Michael Jason Katherman
San Jose Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Gainesboro Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Zachary Tyler Larnerd
Gainesboro Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Patton Village Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Stacey Allen Baumgartner
Patton Village Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff David Francis Michel, Jr.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II
Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sterlington Police Department, Louisiana

Sergeant David Kyle Elahi
Sterlington Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark
St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, MO
EOW: Monday, July 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Calvin "Mark" McCullers
Southern Methodist University Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Town of Salem Department of Public Safety, Wisconsin

Public Safety Officer Michael Joshua Ventura
Town of Salem Department of Public Safety, WI
EOW: Friday, July 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Security Supervisor Joseph P. Zangaro
Berrien County Sheriff's Department, MI
EOW: Monday, July 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Court Officer Ronald Eugene Kienzle
Berrien County Sheriff's Department, MI
EOW: Monday, July 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bellaire Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Marco Antonio Zarate
Bellaire Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Corrections Officer Mari Johnson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Corporal Montrell Lyle Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania

Correctional Officer Kristopher D. Moules
Luzerne County Correctional Facility, PA
EOW: Monday, July 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

Captain Robert David Melton
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Diego Police Department, California

Police Officer Jonathan M. DeGuzman
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Sergeant Shawn Miller
West Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Justin Scherlen
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TN
EOW: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Corporal Bill Cooper
Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Hatch Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez
Hatch Police Department, NM
EOW: Friday, August 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Eastman Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Timothy Kevin Smith
Eastman Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fenton Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Shannon Brown
Fenton Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Kenneth Ray Moats
Maryville Police Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

Senior Police Officer Leander Frank
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico

Police Officer Clint Corvinus
Alamogordo Police Department, NM
EOW: Friday, September 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Austin Police Department, Texas

Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq
Austin Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Lieutenant Waldemar Rivera-Santiago
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Monday, September 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Eastland County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hubert Maltby
Eastland County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Master Deputy Sheriff Brandon Collins
Johnson County Sheriff's Office, KS
EOW: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Shelby Police Department, North Carolina

K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen
Shelby Police Department, NC
EOW: Monday, September 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McCrory Police Department, Arkansas

Police Officer Robert Aaron Barker
McCrory Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer Jason Gallero
Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Trooper Kenneth V. Velez
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis
Alabama Department of Corrections, AL
EOW: Friday, September 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant Kenneth Steil
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York

Sergeant Kerry Winters
Ulster County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Edwin Pabón-Robles
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, September 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

Corrections Officer David M. Weaver
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Monday, September 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Fall

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Gregg County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Corporal Robert Eugene Ransom
Gregg County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Steve Owen
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Investigator Paul R. Stuewer
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Victor Rosado-Rosa
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Blake Curtis Snyder
St. Louis County Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Palm Springs Police Department, California

Police Officer Lesley Zerebny
Palm Springs Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Palm Springs Police Department, California

Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega
Palm Springs Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Sergeant Luis A. Meléndez-Maldonado
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chesapeake Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer Aaron J. Christian
Chesapeake Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Modoc County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff Jack Hopkins
Modoc County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Alfonso Lopez
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Timothy P. Pratt
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

Sergeant Allen Brandt
Fairbanks Police Department, AK
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chester Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer James Brockmeyer
Chester Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Myron Jarrett
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Rusk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze
Rusk County Sheriff's Office, WI
EOW: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

Sergeant Rod Lucas
Fresno County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Monday, October 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Scott Williams
Taylor County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Monday, October 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Miami Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Jorge Sanchez
Miami Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

 Urbandale Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Justin Scott Martin
Urbandale Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Sergeant Anthony David Beminio
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, November 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Peach County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sergeant Patrick Sondron
Peach County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Valley City Police Department, Utah

Police Officer Cody Brotherson
West Valley City Police Department, UT
EOW: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Show Low Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer Darrin Reed
Show Low Police Department, AZ
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Peach County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Daryl Smallwood
Peach County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Jude Williams Lewis
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Canonsburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum
Canonsburg Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Justin White
Newton County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent David Gomez
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, November 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nassau County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Eric Oliver
Nassau County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper Eric Ellsworth
Utah Highway Patrol, UT
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Wayne State University Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant Collin James Rose
Wayne State University Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

Trooper Cody James Donahue
Colorado State Patrol, CO
EOW: Friday, November 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

Police Officer Reginald Jacob "Jake" Gutierrez
Tacoma Police Department, WA
EOW: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Frankie Lamar Williams
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Monday, December 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Valencia County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thomas
Valencia County Sheriff's Office, NM
EOW: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Americus Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr
Americus Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Public Safety Officer Jody Carl Smith
Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety, GA
EOW: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Corrections Officer Lisa Mauldin
Miller County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Monday, December 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault

 

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

K9 Jojo
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation

Canton Police Department, Ohio

K9 Jethro
Canton Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, January 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

K9 Krijger
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Monday, January 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Smith County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

K9 Ogar
Smith County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department, California

K9 Jag
Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

K9 Kobus
Omaha Police Department, NE
EOW: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rutland County Sheriff's Office, Vermont

K9 Betcha
Rutland County Sheriff's Office, VT
EOW: Friday, January 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania

K9 Aren
Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, January 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

K9 Vigor
Monroe County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned

Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Washington

K9 Reefer
Chelan County Sheriff's Office, WA
EOW: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

K9 Nicky
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV
EOW: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

K9 Aldo
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, UT
EOW: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Anaheim Police Department, California

K9 Bruno
Anaheim Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Westchester County Department of Public Safety, New York

K9 Suki
Westchester County Department of Public Safety, NY
EOW: Friday, May 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

La Salle County Sheriff's Office, Texas

K9 Ledger
La Salle County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

K9 Duke
Richland Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

San Juan Police Department, Texas

K9 Rex
San Juan Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Cherokee County School District Police Department, Georgia

K9 Inca
Cherokee County School District Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, June 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

K9 Bruno
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Accidental

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

K9 Lazer
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Monday, June 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Fountain County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

K9 Tyson
Fountain County Sheriff's Office, IN
EOW: Monday, June 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Long Beach Police Department, California

K9 Credo
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Emmett Police Department, Idaho

K9 Roscoe
Emmett Police Department, ID
EOW: Friday, July 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

K9 Totti
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Arlington Police Department, Texas

K9 Mojo
Arlington Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

K9 Bak
Stephens County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

Kingman Police Department, Arizona

K9 Amigo
Kingman Police Department, AZ
EOW: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion

California City Police Department, California

K9 Ty Vom Friedrichsfelder Eck
California City Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

K9 Helo
Alaska State Troopers, AK
EOW: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boise Police Department, Idaho

K9 Jardo
Boise Police Department, ID
EOW: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Wethersfield Police Department, Connecticut

K9 Thor
Wethersfield Police Department, CT
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault

Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

K9 Forest
Volusia County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pembroke Police Department, North Carolina

K9 Payne
Pembroke Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire

*list provided by Officer Down Memorial Page

 

These officers were spouses, siblings, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews, and best friends.  138 dedicated individuals and 34 unwavering K9s were lost while serving and protecting their communities.  That's 172 too many if you ask me.  While I typically prefer to keep my private life just that, I share my photos and experiences with the hopes of helping humanize the badge and showing the world that these people in uniform are kind and funny and thoughtful, the same as, if not more than, the rest of us. 

I love playing with K9's Iro, Aero, and Chance - who also happen to be quite frankly some of the most bad ass dogs I've ever seen.  I love laughing at my brother's jokes and seeing him interact with his children - he also happens to be a Highway Patrol Officer.  I love listening to country music and reminiscing on childhood memories with my best friend - who also happens to be a Sheriff.  I love celebrating birthdays and holidays with my husband's partners and their families - all of whom I now consider to be lifelong friends.

Deep down inside, LEO's are just like the rest of us.  They love to play and laugh and help others.  But they also work hard with no guaranteed lunch breaks on shifts that last twelve hours, often times more.  They see and hear horrible things that I couldn't even imagine in my worst dreams.  They have chosen a career that requires endless training and demands sacrifices from their families that most couldn't handle.  But these are sacrifices that they're willing to make to serve and protect their communities, and believe me when I say - it doesn't go unnoticed.  On behalf of myself and everyone at GWG HQ, we're proud to back the blue.

 

*Update.  GWG now has a Back the Blue Collection, featuring a variety of Thin Blue Line Products with a portion of the proceeds from every purchase being donated to a law enforcement organization.  View our entire collection here.

If you have any questions on our Thin Blue Line Tee, I'd be happy to answer them via email at shianne@gwgclothing.com.

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Norma Winder
21 Apr 17:51

I also have loved GWG and what they stand for! I am a grandmother of 5, three being girls who can shot and hunt with the best of them! My daughter and daughter-in-law also! We also have tried to thank all our law enforcement personnel for their service and commitment to protecting our land and country! Kudos to you for it also! Thanks!!

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Terri Shaw
28 Jan 05:25

What a truly inspiring article about the blue line t shirts. Ina time when young people are being taught to disrespect the police, its incouraging to see when someone goes out of their way to honor them. I’ll stand up for them and our servicemen anytime! Thank you for your unwavering service to the community’s you serve. God bless you everyone human and canine! A great article. Thank you again for writing it!

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Stacie Anthony
30 Nov 08:59

I have always been a fan of girls with guns! As a police officer’s wife seeing this post and the dedication and support that you are showing two officers is amazing and just makes me love your company even more :-) Thank you so much for all that you’re doing and for backing the blue!

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