PITTSBURGH - According to a new report released Tuesday, the number of law enforcement officers killed in Pennsylvania nearly doubled this year compared with 2014.
Five Pennsylvania police officers died in the line of duty in 2015, including three from the Pittsburgh area.
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Officer Lloyd Reed was shot while responding to a domestic call last month, Officer Richard Champion was killed in a chase last December and Lt. Eric Eslary was killed by a suspected drunken driver in a wrong-way crash in May.
“Officers want to get to help that person in need as quickly as they can, knowing that every second can be the difference between life and death,” Craig Floyd with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said.
In 2015, the number of police officers killed nationwide in gun-related incidents dropped 14 percent from 49 to 42.
However, nationwide police deaths in the line of duty are up 4 percent since 2014 and 12 percent since 2013, according to the report. Traffic crashes accounted for most of the fatalities.