Archive for the ‘Friday’s Heroes’ Category
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.
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.
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.
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%.
Officer Justin Winbrenner, 32
Akron Ohio Police Department
November 16, 2014 – Officer Justin Winebrenner was shot and killed while confronting an armed suspect. Another officer was wounded during the gunfire, as were three citizens.
Officer Winebrenner is survived by his young daughter and fiancee.
Sergeant Jeffrey Wayne Greene, 54
Union County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office
November 19, 2014 – Sergeant Jeffery Greene was killed when a tractor-trailer overturned and landed on his patrol car, crushing it. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Officer Ronald A. Leisure, 66
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services
November 14, 2014 – Officer Ronald Leisure suffered a fatal heart attack while on foot patrol at a VA medical center. He is survived by his adult daughter.