Archive for the ‘Friday’s Heroes’ Category
Officer Ernest Montoya, 54
Navajo Tribal Police – Division of Public Safety
November 30, 2014 – Officer Ernest Montoya suffered a fatal heart attack while transporting a prisoner to jail. He’d arrested the suspect moments earlier.
Deputy Sheriff Grant William Whitaker, 25
Ingham County Michigan Sheriff’s Office
December 7, 2014 – Deputy Sheriff Grant William Whitaker was killed in a vehicle crash during a pursuit. The driver of the vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee.
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%.