More Texas police officers killed on duty this year than any other state

Texas tops list for most officer deaths

EL PASO, Texas - "He was at a red light just minding his own business, when some guy rammed into him, killing him. He was just doing his job"
 
Sgt. Ron Martin remembers the moment his friend and fellow officer David Ortiz was killed on duty. It was March 14th, 2016. Ortiz was struck and killed by a car while stopped at a red light.

"It affected the officers and it affected his family. He has kids, he's a son, a father, a husband. I mean we all have our families," said Martin.
 
Ortiz was just one of three El Paso police officers killed in the line of duty this year. But the bigger picture is more frightening. Texas has lost 17 officers on the job. That's more than any other state in 2016.

"It's one of those things we have to deal with," said Martin.
 
Martin, who is the president of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association, says Texas almost always tops that list. The reason why is not so clear. But it has definitely been a rough year for law enforcement in the lone star state.

"Today the nation grieves but for those of us that love Dallas and call it home have had five deaths in the family," said former president George W. Bush at a memorial service for the five fallen Dallas Officers
 
In July, five Dallas officers were killed in an ambush style shooting. Making it one of the deadliest days for law enforcement..

"He just sat and waited and executed police officers that was his whole thing," added Martin.
 
Martin says the job has always been dangerous but this targeting of police, like the case in Dallas, is something new.

"How can you train somebody that two blocks down some sniper is going to blow your head off. You can't train somebody for that. It's either your time or it's not," said Martin.
 
But no matter how dangerous the job is, Martin says through the loss and the pain it's a job that must be done.

 "One minute you're attending a fellow officers funeral the next minute you're out handling another call. Because 911 calls continue, the world does not stop because one of us goes down," said Martin.


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