PostHeaderIcon Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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Sergeant Alejandro “Alex” Martinez, 52

Willacy County Texas Sheriff’s Office

November 21, 2014 – Sergeant Alex Martinez was killed when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times.

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Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith, 47

Leon County Florida Sheriff’s Office

November 22, 2014 – Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith responded to a report of a possible house fire where he was shot and killed by ambush. The shooter then took the deputy’s service weapon and began to fire at other first responders, including firefighters. Another deputy was wounded during the gunfire.

Deputy Smith is survived by his wife and children.

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Deputy Sheriff James “Bart” Hart, 50

Elmore County Alabama Sheriff’s Office

November 23, 2014 – Deputy Sheriff Bart Hart was killed when a speeding car crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. The 16-year-old driver along with two 16-year-old passengers were also killed in the crash. A fourth teen suffered serious, life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Hart is survived by his wife and daughter.

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Agent Edwin O. Roman-Acevedo, 36

San Juan Puerto Rico Police Department

November 26, 2014 – Agent Edwin Roman-Acevedo was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a pharmacy.

Agent Roman-Acevedo is survived by his wife and child.

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Overall officer line of duty deaths are up 16% in 2014.

Deaths by gunfire are up 65%.

PostHeaderIcon Almost Home: A Cop’s Thanksgiving

Morning parade

Smiling faces

Squealing children

Marching bands

Family

Turkey

Pumpkin pie

Eggnog

Football

Pistol. Badge. Vest.

Kiss the kids, please, and save a drumstick for me.

I’m almost home.

Family

Traveling

Smiling faces

Squealing children

Grandma’s cooking

Turkey

Yams

Pumpkin pie

Crackling fire

Football

Kevlar. Radios. Sirens.

Kiss the kids, please, and save a drumstick for me.

I’m almost home.

Drunk drivers

Speeding drivers

Texting drivers

Careless drivers

Aggressive drivers

Sleepy drivers

Depressed drivers

Distracted drivers

Reckless drivers

Road rage

A horrible crash

An entire family

Gone.

Tangled metal

Little ones

Mother and father

Teddy bear

A doll

A plastic truck too

Those poor children

They’ll never go home again

Yes, save a drumstick

Hug our kids

Tell them I love them

I’ll be home

Later.

10-4,

Send the coroner

Five victims

No rush

I’ll stand by

Nothing I can do

Those poor children

No turkey

No pumpkin pie

No football

Never again

They were almost home

Almost home…

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