Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen



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.


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.


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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Officer Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya, 30

Pearland Texas Police Department

June 12, 2016 – Officer Endy Ekpanya was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver. He is survived by his daughter and fiancee.


Officer Michael Katherman, 34

San Jose California Police Department

June 14, 2016 – Officer Michael Katherman was killed when a vehicle abruptly turned left in front of his motorcycle, causing a crash. He is survived by his wife and two children


Deportation Officer Brian Beliso, 34

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

June 8, 2016 – Officer Brian Beliso suffered a fatal heart attack during a foot pursuit of a fugitive in Redwood City, California. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Verde Smith, Jr., 46

Memphis Tennessee Police Department

June 4, 2016 – Officer Verde Smith, Jr. was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a man who’d just shot three people. Officer Smith was attempting to move people to safety when the suspect crashed through a barrier, striking him.

Officer Smith is survived by his children, fiancee, and father.

The above image, taken just a fews days before he was killed, was probably the last photo taken of Officer Smith. Yes, the lives of police officers do indeed matter … very much so.


Sergeant Derrick Mingo, 35

Winnsboro Louisiana Police Department

June 4, 2016 – Sergeant Derrick Mingo was killed in a car crash while responding to assist in a pursuit.

Sergeant Mingo is survived by his wife.


Officer Natasha Hunter, 32

New Orleans Police Department

June 7, 2016 – Officer Natasha Hunter was struck by a drunk driver while she was blocking traffic for another officer who was investigating a traffic crash. She was transported to a hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officer Hunter is survived by her five-year-old daughter.


Officer Hunter, along with the two brave officers listed above, died while doing what officers do … protecting the lives of others.

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Deputy Sheriff Michael Winter, 39

Branch County Michigan Sheriff’s Office

May 31, 2016 – Deputy Michael Winter died as a result of injuries he received after being thrown from his horse while working a special assignment.

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