ROCKFORD (WREX) — 163 police officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2018 and in 2019 that number is already up to 32.
The Rockford area has already seen two first responder deaths in the line of duty in March, which brought a group called Below 100 to Rockford.
Below 100 is made up of former and current law enforcement officers. They travel to police departments around the state and country training officers on how they can keep themselves—and fellow officers safe while responding to traffic stops and car crashes.
“If we can get people to slow down a little bit, wear their vests, wear their seatbelts, things that they should be doing but sometimes we forget, making better decisions not being complacent, we can drive those numbers down,” Below 100’s Thomas Dworak said.
Below 100’s goal is to keep first responder deaths in the country below 100.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Keltner was killed in the line of duty while serving a warrant in Rockford March 7.
Illinois State Police Trooper Brooke Jones-Story died while inspecting a semi March 28 after another semi ran off the road and hit her.