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More Cops Died in Florida This Year Than in Any Other State

Florida led the nation in police officers killed in the line of duty in 2011, according to a report released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Fourteen of the 173 cops killed this year were in Florida, and four other states had at least 10 police fatalities.

According to the report, 68 cops were shot and killed this year nationwide -- the first time in 14 years that more officers died from firearms-related incidents than traffic-related incidents.

Among the South Florida cops who died in the line of duty this year were Davie Police Officer Rogerio Morales, who died of heat exhaustion, Miami-Dade Police Detectives Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, who died from gunshots, and Delray Beach Police Sgt. Adam Rosenthal, who died in a car crash.

Other causes of death nationwide included being hit by a train, falling, drowning, an aircraft accident, beating, "bomb-related incident," being struck by a falling object, electrocution, and strangulation, according to the report.

The 173 cops killed nationwide was a pretty big jump from the 153 reported last year, and even more than the 141 killed in 2009 -- one of the lowest reported totals in recent history.

Click here for the report.

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