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PostHeaderIcon Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

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Special Agent Scott McGuire

U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

January 24, 2016 – Special Agent Scott McGuire succumbed to injuries received when struck by a drunk driver. A second agent was also struck, but survived. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested.

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Officer Douglas Scott Barney, 44

Unified Police Department, Greater Salt Lake Utah

January, 17, 2016 – Officer Doug Barney was shot and killed while attempting to assist a man and woman who were involved in an automobile crash. As he approached the couple the male suspect pulled a handgun and shot Officer Barney in the head, fatally wounding him.

When other officers arrived the male suspect engaged them in an intensive shootout where he was killed and another officer was wounded. The woman fled the scene and is still at large.

Officer Barney is survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr., 34

Danville Ohio Police Department

January 17, 2016 – Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. was shot and killed by ambush.

A female called the police department to warn them of her ex-boyfriend’s plan to kill a police officer. She stated he was out and he was armed.

After not being able to reach Officer Cottrell on the radio a search for him was initiated. A half-hour later, his body was located behind the village municipal building. His service weapon and patrol vehicle were missing. The suspect was arrested later that night.

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Correctional Officer Adam Conrad, 22

Marion County Illinois Sheriff’s Office

January 20, 2016 – Correctional Officer Adam Conrad was killed in a vehicle crash while transporting a prisoner. He was driving in snowy conditions when his vehicle lost control and crossed the median where it was struck by a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction. The prisoner, a juvenile, survived the crash.

Officer Conrad is survived by his parents and brother.

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Late last night, Philadelphia police officer Jessee Harnett was sitting in his marked patrol at an intersection when a gunman approached from the sidewalk, firing a handgun at the officer as he came closer to him.

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The suspect, dressed in what sources say is Muslim garb and wearing a mask, fired 13 rounds.

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Officer Harnett was struck by three of those 13 bullets.

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Fortunately, the three rounds struck Officer Harnett in the arm. He was able to return fire and managed to strike the suspect at least once. He then radioed to dispatch that he’d been shot and was bleeding heavily.

Officers captured the suspect who, according to reports by KWY-TV News, confessed to the shooting and that he’d committed the violent act in the name of Islam.

Violence against police officers continues in other areas of the country. For example, as recent as this morning, a Boston officer who, while conducting a traffic stop, was shot in the leg by a drug dealer. The shooter was captured after a foot pursuit.

In Shively, Ky, just outside of Louisville, Officer Wes Singleton was part of a team serving a narcotics search warrant when he was shot four times by a suspect at the the residence. The suspect was also wounded when officers returned fire.

Many violent attacks against police officers occur every single day, but those encounters are not routinely publicized.

Thankfully, we have no officer deaths to report this week, but it’s not because the bad guys weren’t trying.

 

PostHeaderIcon Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen – Final Week of 2015

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Agent Rosario Hernández de Hoyo, 42

Puerto Rico Police Department

December 28, 2015 – Gunfire

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Commander Frank Román, 49

Puerto Rico Police Department

December 28, 2015 – Gunfire

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Lieutenant Luz Soto, 49

Puerto Rico Police Department

December 28, 2015 – Gunfire

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Special Agent Louis Bonocasa, 31

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber.

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Special Agent Joseph Lemm, 45

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber. Agent Lemm, a NYPD police officer, had been activated as a member of the New York Air National Guard.

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 Special Agent Chester McBride, 30

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber.

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Special Agent Peter Taub, 30

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber.

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Special Agent Michael Cinco, 28

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber.

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Special Agent Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

December 21, 2015 – Bomb detonated by suicide bomber.

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Officer Juan Feliciano, 44

New York Police Department

December 29, 2015 – Heart attack

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2015 Officer Line of Duty Deaths – 129

*Total does not include the numerous officers who were attacked and/or wounded, but survived.

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Officer Jessie Tarplin, 38

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Department

December 12, 2015 – Officer Jessie Tarpaulin was killed in a motorcycle crash while leading a funeral procession. He is survived by his expectant wife and five children.

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Trooper Eli McCarson, 30

New Jersey State Police

December 17, 2015 – Trooper Eli McCarson died as a result of injuries received in a vehicle crash while responding to a domestic violence call.

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Noah Leotta, 24

Montgomery Maryland County Police Department

December 10, 2015 – Officer Noah Leotta was working as part of a Holiday Alcohol Task Force when he stopped a car driven by a suspected drunk driver. During the traffic stop Officer Leotta was struck and killed by a second drunk driver.

The man who struck Officer Leotta had been drinking for approximately four hours at a local Hooters restaurant before getting behind the wheel of his car to leave. Minutes later he struck and killed Officer Leotta. Immediately after the crash the drunk driver told officers he could not perform the requested field sobriety tests, citing that he couldn’t stand properly and that his balance was off because he’d had too much to drink. This was his third arrest for drunk driving.

Officer Leotta is survived by his parents and sister.

Author and former prosecutor Allison Leotta is married to Officer Noah Leotta’s cousin.

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