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Fallen’s mission is to provide immediate direct financial support to the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.


WHY WE NEED FALLEN

In the last five years, our nation has suffered an average of 164 officer deaths per year, an “in the line of duty” death every 2.2 days.


FALLEN FACTS

99% of officers killed in the line of duty leave behind minor children along with their significant other.

On July 28th, we lost another American hero bringing the total number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in our country this year to 73 officers.

Detective James Biello of the Atlanta Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia, died from gunshot wounds sustained on April 15th, 1987, while working a secondary employment job at a restaurant.

An armed juvenile entered the restaurant and announced a robbery. As the subject had an employee remove money from the cash register, Detective Biello approached him from behind and identified himself. The subject turned around and opened fire, striking Detective Biello in the chest and abdomen. Detective Biello was able to return fire, wounding the subject who then shot him in the neck and fled. As the subject left the scene another officer fired shots at him. The injured suspect was arrested a short time later.

Detective Biello's wounds rendered him a quadriplegic and he was confined to a wheelchair. On July 29th, he died from complications from the original gunshot wounds.

The subject who shot him was convicted of aggravated assault and armed robbery and sentenced to 60 years following the initial incident.

Detective Biello had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a brother.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers.
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