Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

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Captain Robert David Melton, 46

Kansas City Kansas Police Department

July 19, 2016 – Captain Dave Melton was shot and killed after responding to a “shots fired” call. When he encountered one of the men involved, the suspect immediately opened fire fatally wounding Captain Melton.

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Officer Kristopher D. Moules, 25

Luzerne County Pennsylvania Correctional Facility

July 18, 2016 – Officer Kristopher Moules was killed during a struggle with an inmate when the two crashed through and elevator door and fell several floors to the bottom of the shaft. The inmate was also killed.

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Corporal Montreal Lyle Jackson, 32

Baton Rouge Louisiana Police Department

July 17, 2016 – Corporal Montreal Jackson was shot and killed by ambush while responding to “man with a gun” call. Two other officers were also killed and three were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.

He is survived by his wife and infant son.

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Officer Matthew Lane Gerald, 41

Baton Rouge Louisiana Police Department

July 17, 2016 – Officer Matthew Lane Gerald was shot and killed by ambush while responding to “man with a gun” call. Two other officers were also killed and three were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.

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Deputy Sheriff Brad Allen Granola, 45 

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana

July 17, 2016 – Deputy Brad Allen Granola was shot and killed by ambush while responding to “man with a gun” call. Two other officers were also killed and three were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Officer Calvin Mark McCullers

Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

July 5, 2016 – Officer Mark McCullers drowned when his patrol vehicle was swept away during torrential flooding. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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Officer Anthony Marcos Zarate, 52

Bellaire Texas Police Department

July 12, 2016 – Officer Anthony Karate was killed in a motorcycle crash while in pursuit of a vehicle.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Court Officer Ron Kuienzle, 63

Berrien County Michigan Trial Court

July 11, 2016 – Court Officer Ron Kuienzle was shot and killed by an inmate who was attempting to escape custody.

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Security Supervisor Joe Zangaro, 61

Berrien County Michigan Trial Court

July 11, 2016 – Security Supervisor Joe Zangaro was shot and killed by an inmate who was attempting to escape custody.

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Public Safety Officer Michael Ventura, 33

Town of Salem Wisconsin Department of Public Safety

July 8, 2016 – Public Safety Officer Michael Ventura was killed in an auto crash while responding to a call.

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Officer Brent Alan Thompson, 43

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department

July 7, 2016 – Officer Brent Alan Thompson was shot and killed by an active shooter/sniper while providing security for a black lives matter protest in downtown Dallas. The suspect stated he specifically targeted white police officers.

Officer Thompson is survived by his wife, daughter, and granddaughter. His wife also serves as an officer with DART.

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Officer Patrick E. Zamarripa, 32

Dallas Texas Police Department

July 7, 2016 – Patrick E. Zamarripa was shot and killed by an active shooter/sniper while providing security for a black lives matter protest in downtown Dallas. The suspect stated he specifically targeted white police officers.

Officer Zamarripa is survived by his wife, two-year-old daughter, and stepson.

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Sergeant Michael Smith, 55

Dallas Texas Police Department

July 7, 2016 – Sergeant Michael Smith was shot and killed by an active shooter/sniper while providing security for a black lives matter protest in downtown Dallas. The suspect stated he specifically targeted white police officers.

Sergeant Smith is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Officer Michael Leslie Krol, 40 

Dallas Texas Police Department

July 7, 2016 – Officer Michael Leslie Krol was shot and killed by an active shooter/sniper while providing security for a black lives matter protest in downtown Dallas. The suspect stated he specifically targeted white police officers.

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Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, 48

Dallas Texas Police Department

Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens was shot and killed by an active shooter/sniper while providing security for a black lives matter protest in downtown Dallas. The suspect stated he specifically targeted white police officers.

Corporal Aherns is survived by his wife and two children. His wife also serves with the Dallas Police Department.

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Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark, 55

St. Francois County Missouri Sheriff’s Office

July 4, 2016 – Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark died after being struck by a stolen vehicle. The driver, a wanted felon, stole a truck and intentionally struck Deputy Clark while attempting to escape custody. He was later captured after a pursuit with other officers.

Deputy Clark is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren.

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Sergeant David Kyle Elahi, 28

Sterlington Louisiana Police Department

Sergeant David Elahi was struck and killed by a drunk driver while conducting a traffic stop. Two other officers who were at the scene were also struck and were transported to the hospital with injuries.

Sergeant Elahi is survived by his expectant fiancee and one child.

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Deputy Sheriff Tase Sturgill, 49

Humphries County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Tase Sturgill suffered a fatal heart attack after completing a run during a training exercise. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr., 50

Jefferson Parish Louisiana Sheriff’s Office

June 22, 2016 – Deputy David F. Michel, Jr. was shot and killed during a pedestrian stop. While speaking with the man, the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband and began firing. Deputy Michel was shot multiple times and the shooter continued to fire at him after he was down.

Deputy Michel is survived by his wife and father.

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Sergeant Stacey Allen Baumgartner, 39

Patton Village Texas Police Department

June 19, 2016 – Sergeant Stacey Allen Baumgartner was killed during a pursuit when his patrol car was broadsided by an SUV. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Officer Zachary Larnerd, 26

Gainesboro Tennessee Police Department

June 15, 2016 – Officer Zachary Larnerd died as a result of injuries he received in a vehicle crash that occurred in January while responding to a domestic call. His patrol car left the highway, went down an embankment, and then struck a tree, pinning him inside.

Officer Larnerd is survived by his father, the chief of the Gainesboro Police Department.

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