Archive for the ‘Friday’s Heroes’ Category
Officer Alex Yazzie, 42
Navajo Tribal Police, Division of Public Safety
March 19, 2015 – Officer Alex Yazzie was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who’d shot at another police officer. Additionally, two other officers were wounded by the suspect’s gunfire. The original shooting incident occurred as officers responded to a domestic call where the offender used an AR-15 to fire at officers.
Patrolman George S. Nissen, 51
Stone Park Illinois Police Department
March 12, 2015 – Patrolman George S. Nissen succumbed to injuries received 10 years earlier after being attacked when responding to a large bar fight. Head injuries and subsequent surgeries resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic and unable to speak. He died as a direct result of his injuries.
Patrolman Nissen is survived by his daughter and four brothers.
Officer Michael Johnson, 38
San Jose California Police Department
March 25, 2015 – Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a suicide call. When officers arrived the suspect stepped out onto a balcony and immediately opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Johnson.
Trooper Trevor Casper, 21
Wisconsin State Patrol
March 24, 2015 – Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect.
Trooper Casper had graduated from the training academy only three months prior to his death, and was working his very first shift assignment after completing his field training. It was his first day working alone.
Trooper Casper is survived by his parents and two sisters.
Captain Neville Stanley Kealii Colburn, 43
Honolulu Hawaii Police Department
February 23, 2015 – Captain Neville Stanley Kealii Colburn, Commander of the Police Training Academy, suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his department’s fitness training.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a brother, and his mother.
Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, Jr., 23
New York State Police
March 13, 2015 – Trooper Donald Fredenburg suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a training run.
He is survived by his wife, parents, and his brother.
Officer Darryl Wallace, 26
Clayton County Georgia Police Department
March 15, 2015 – Officer Darryl Wallace was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a prowler call.
Lieutenant Richard Woods, 48
Pell City Alabama Police Department
March 17, 2015 – Lieutenant Richard Woods suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to rescue several teens trapped inside a vehicle subsequent to a serious crash.
He is survived by his wife.
Patrolman Adrian Arellano
El Paso Texas Police Department
March 18, 2015 – Patrolman Adrian Arellano was killed when his police motorcycle collided into another vehicle while he was leading a funeral procession. The driver of the other vehicle ignored the signals of an officer who was directing traffic at an intersection and drove out in front of the procession, causing the crash.