Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen



Officer Michael Louviere, 29

Westwego Louisiana Police Department

January 20, 2017 – Officer Michael Louviere was shot and killed when he stopped to help the victims of a vehicle crash. While assisting an injured female, a male suspect came from behind and shot the officer in the back of the head, killing him. The suspect then shot the injured woman and fled. He remains at large.

Officer Louviere is survived by his wife, four-year-old daughter, and 1-year-old son.


Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery, 29

Rollete County North Dakota Sheriff’s Office

January 18, 2017 – Deputy Colt Eugene Allery was shot and killed after the pursuit of a stolen vehicle. At the termination of the pursuit, the driver of the stolen car began firing at officers, killing Deputy Allery. The suspect was also killed in the shootout.


Detective Jerry Walker, 48

Little Elm Texas Police Department

January 17, 2017 – Detective Jerry Walker was shot and killed after responding to a call regarding a man with a gun. The suspect fired from a window, striking the detective in the neck.

Detective Walker is survived by his wife and four children.


Officer Raymond Murrell, 27

Bloomingdale Illinois Police Department

January 19, 2017 – Officer Raymond Murrell was killed in a car crash while responding to a felony in progress.


Sheriff Steve Ackerman

Lea County New Mexico Sheriff’s Office

January 17, 2017 – Sheriff Steve Ackerman was killed in a vehicle crash while on the way to a meeting with state legislators. He is survived by his wife and children.

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Mater Sergeant Debra Clayton, 42

Orlando Florida Police Department

January 9, 2017 – Master Sergeant Debra Clayton was shot and killed when she encountered and attempted to apprehend a suspect wanted for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. The suspect later carjacked a vehicle and shot another officer as he attempted to apprehend him. He is still at large.

Sergeant Clayton is survived by her husband and son.


Deputy First Class Norman Lewis

Orange County Florida Sheriff’s Office

January 9, 2017 – Deputy Norman Lewis was killed in a motorcycle crash when a car turned in front of him during the frantic search for the suspect who shot and killed Sergeant Debra Clayton.


Detective Chad Parque, 32

North Las Vegas Nevada Police Department

January 7, 2017 – Detective Chad Parque succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction in his lane. He is survived by his wife, children, and siblings.


Chief of Police Randy Gibson

Kalama Washington Police Department

January 10, 2017 – Chief Randy Gibson died from respiratory arrest following a struggle with a violent suspect. He is survived by his wife.


Detective Steven McDonald, 59

New York City Police Department

January 10, 2017 – Detective Steven McDonald died as a result of gunshot wounds he received 31 years ago when he encountered a teen robbery suspect. While questioning the teen, the young man drew a handgun and shot Detective McDonald in the head and neck. He’d been paralyzed since the shooting, and was confined to the use of a wheelchair and a machine to assist with breathing.

Detective McDonald is survived by his wife and son. His son is now a sergeant with the NYPD.

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Trooper Landon E. Weaver, 23

Pennsylvania State Police

December 30, 2016 – Trooper Landon Weaver was shot and killed after responding to investigate a protective order violation. He is survived by his wife.

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Friday’s Heroes of 2016: Remembering the Fallen – Human and K-9

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In 2016, 138 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

Over 60 officers were shot to death.

Of the officers who were shot to death, over 20 were killed in ambush attacks. These men and women, fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers and sisters, were murdered simply because they wore a uniform.

Each of these brave officers died while protecting and serving the citizens of their communities.

They are (K-9 and assault on officer information follows):


Corrections Officer Lisa Mauldin

Miller County (AR) Sheriff’s Office

Public Safety Officer Jody Smith
Georgia Southwestern State University Department of Public Safety

Officer Nicholas Smarr
Americus (GA) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thomas
Valencia County (NM) Sheriff’s Office

Trooper Frankie Williams
New Jersey State Police

Officer Reginald Gutierrez
Tacoma (WA) Police Department

Trooper Cody James Donahue
Colorado State Patrol

Officer Collin James Rose
Wayne State University (MI) Police Department

Trooper Eric Ellsworth
Utah Highway Patrol

Deputy Eric Oliver
Nassau County (FL) Sheriff’s Office

Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio (TX) Police Department

Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers
U.S. Department of Justice – U.S. (VA) Marshals Service

Border Patrol Agent David Gomez
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (D.C.) – U.S. Border Patrol

Deputy Sheriff Justin White
Newton County (GA) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace
Stanislaus County (CA) Sheriff’s Department

Officer Scott Bashioum
Canonsburg Borough (PA) Police Department

Officer Jude Williams Lewis
New Orleans (LA) Police Department

Deputy Daryl Smallwood
Peach County (GA) Sheriff’s Office

Officer Darrin Reed
Show Low (AZ) Police Department

Officer Cody Brotherson
West Valley City (UT) Police Department

Sergeant Patrick Sondron
Peach County (GA) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo
New York City (NY) Police Department

Officer Justin Martin
Urbandale (IA) Police Department

Sergeant Anthony Beminio
Des Moines (IA) Police Department

Officer Jorge Sanchez
Miami (FL) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Scott Williams
Taylor County (FL) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Rod Lucas
Fresno County (CA) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze
Rusk County (WI) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Allen Brandt
Fairbanks (AK) Police Department

Officer Myron Jarrett
Detroit (MI) Police Department

Officer James Brockmeyer
Chester (IL) Police Department

Trooper Timothy Pratt
New York State Police

Deputy Sheriff Jack Hopkins
Modoc County (CA) Sheriff’s Office

Officer Aaron Christian
Chesapeake (OH) Police Department

Sergeant Luis A. Melendez-Maldonado
Puerto Rico Police Department

Officer Lesley Zerebny
Palm Springs (CA) Police Department

Officer Jose Gilbert Vega
Palm Springs (CA) Police Department

Officer Blake Snyder
St. Louis County (MO) Police Department

Agente Victor Rosa-Rosado
Puerto Rico Police Department

Investigator Paul Stuewer
New York State Police

Sergeant Steve Owen
Los Angeles County (CA) Sheriff’s Department

Jailer Robert E. Ransom
Gregg County (TX) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour
Forsyth County (NC) Sheriff’s Office

Correctional Officer David Weaver
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Agent Edwin Pabon-Robles
Puerto Rico Police Department

Sergeant Kerry Winters
Ulster County (NY) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Kenneth Steil
Detroit (MI) Police Department

Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis
Alabama Department of Corrections

Officer Robert Aaron Barker
McCrory (AR) Police Department

Officer Jason Gallero
Cook County (IL) Sheriff’s Police Department

Trooper Kenneth Velez
Ohio Highway Patrol

Officer Tim Brackeen
Shelby (NC) Police Department

Master Deputy Sheriff Brandon Collins
Johnson County (KS) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hubert Maltby 
Eastland County (TX) Sheriff’s Office

Lieutenant Waldemar Rivera-Santiago
Puerto Rico Police Department

Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq
Austin (TX) Police Department

Officer Clint Corvinus
Alamogordo (NM) Police Department

Officer Leander Frank
Navajo Division of Public Safety

Officer Kenny Moats
Maryville (TN) Police Department

Officer Shannon Brown
Fenton (LA) Police Department

Officer Tim Smith
Eastman (GA) Police Department

Officer Jose Chavez
Hatch (NM) Police Department

Agent Manuel Alvarez
U.S. Customs & Border Protection – U.S. Border Patrol

Corporal Bill Cooper
Sebastian County (AR) Sheriff’s Office

Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Officer Justin Scherlen
Amarillo (TX) Police Department

Sergeant Shawn Miller
West Des Moines (IA) Police Department

Officer Jonathan DeGuzman
San Diego (CA) Police Department

Captain Robert David Melton
Kansas City (KS) Police Department

Correctional Officer Kristopher Moules
Luzerne County (PA) Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish (LA) Sheriff’s Office

Corporal Montrell Jackson
Baton Rouge (LA) Police Department

Officer Matthew Gerald
Baton Rouge (LA) Police Department

Correctional Officer Mari Johnson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Officer Marco Antonio Zarate
Bellaire (TX) Police Department

Court Officer Ronald Kienzle
Berrien County (MI) Trial Court

Security Supervisor Joe Zangaro
Berrien County (MI) Trial Court

Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens
Dallas (TX) Police Department

Public Safety Officer Michael Ventura
Salem (WI) Department of Public Safety

Officer Michael Krol
Dallas (TX) Police Department

Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Dallas (TX) Police Department

Officer Brent Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (TX) PD

Sergeant Michael Smith
Dallas (TX) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark
St. Francois (MO) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant David Elahi
Sterlington (LA) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Martin Sturgill II
Humphreys County (TN) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Kevin Miller
Detroit (MI) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr.
Jefferson Parish (LA) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner
Patton Village (TX) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Larnerd
Jackson County (TN) Sheriff’s Department

Officer Michael Katherman
San Jose (CA) Police Department

Officer Endy Ekpanya
Pearland (TX) Police Department

Deportation Officer Brian Beliso
Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Officer Natasha Hunter
New Orleans (LA) Police Department

Sergeant Derrick Mingo
Winnsboro (LA) Police Department

Officer Verdell Smith
Memphis (TN) Police Department

Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.
Auburn (MA) Police Department

Officer David Glasser
Phoenix (AZ) Police Department

Officer Sean R. Johnson
Hilliard (OH) Division of Police

Detective Brad Lancaster
Kansas City (KS) Police Department

Investigator Anthony Freeman
Bibb County (GA) Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Jorge Ramos
Florida Department of Corrections

Agent Jose Daniel Barraza
U.S. Customs & Border Protection – U.S. Border Patrol

Officer Steven M. Smith
Columbus (OH) Division of Police

Trooper Chad P. Dermyer
Virginia State Police

Officer Susan Farrell
Des Moines (IA) Police Department

Officer Carlos Puente-Morales
Des Moines (IA) Police Department

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz
Howard County (IN) Sheriff’s Office

Officer Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville (SC) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Adam John Hartwig
Ozaukee County (WI) Sheriff’s Office

Trooper Thomas Clardy
Massachusetts State Police

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro
West Virginia State Police

Officer David Ortiz
El Paso (TX) Police Department

Officer Jacai D. Colson
Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department

Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Daniel Taylor
California Highway Patrol

Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila Jr.
Hillsborough County (FL) Sheriff’s Office

Trooper Sean Cullen
New Jersey State Police

Officer Scot Fitzgerald
South Jacksonville (IL) Police Department

Officer David S. Hofer
Euless (TX) Police Department

Officer Ashley Guindon
Prince William County (VA) Police Department

Corporal Nate Carrigan
Park County (CO) Sheriff’s Office

Special Agent Lee Tartt 
Mississippi Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Narcotics

Officer Jason Moszer
Fargo (ND) Police Department

Major Greg Barney
Riverdale (GA) Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne
Tulare County (CA) Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Dailey
Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Mark Logsdon
Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer
Mesa County (CO) Sheriff’s Department

Sergeant Jason Goodding
Seaside (OR) Police Department

Special Agent Scott McGuire
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Correctional Officer Adam Conrad
Marion County (IL) Sheriff’s Office

Officer Thomas Cottrell
Danville (OH) Police Department

Officer Douglas Scott Barney
Unified Police Department (UT) of Greater Salt Lake

Corporal Harvey Snook III

Arlington County (VA) Police Department



Loyal police K-9’s are also subject to attack, and they, too, are often killed in the line of duty. Here are the K-9’s that died while serving.


San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, CA


Canton Police Department, OH


Norfolk Police Department, VA


Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, TX


Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department, CA


Omaha Police Department, NE


Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, VT


Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA


Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, TN


Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, WA

K9 Nicky

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV


Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, UT


Anaheim Police Department, CA


Westchester County Department of Public Safety, NY


La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, TX


Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA


San Juan Police Department, TX


Cherokee County School District Police Department, GA


Amarillo Police Department, TX


United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection


Fountain County Sheriff’s Office, IN


Long Beach Police Department, CA


Emmett Police Department, ID


Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA


Arlington Police Department, TX


Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, OK


Kingman Police Department, AZ

Ty Vom Friedrichsfelder Eck

California City Police Department, CA


Madison County Sheriff’s Office, AR


Alaska State Troopers, AK


Boise Police Department, ID


Wethersfield Police Department, CT


Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, FL


Pembroke Police Department, NC



Finally, it is important to note that these numbers do not reflect the huge number of assaults and attacks on police officers that occur each day.

Assaults against officers number in the tens of thousands. For example, in 2015, 50,212 assaults on police officers were reported. 14,281 officers sustained injuries as a result of those attacks. 79 percent of the officers who were assaulted in the line of duty were attacked with personal weapons.

There is no cause to believe the number of assaults has reduced in 2016. Instead, there’s good reason to believe the number is higher.


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Corrections Officer Lisa Mauldin, 47

Miller County Arkansas Sheriffs Office

December 19, 2017 – Officer Lisa Mauldin was attacked and killed by an inmate. A second female officer was also attacked, but she is expected to survive her injuries. The incident was captured on video, therefore the suspect was identified. He has been charged with capital murder and battery.

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Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25

Americas Georgia Police Department

December 7, 2016 – Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr responded to a domestic call where he and Officer Jody Smith of Georgia Southwestern University Police Department were shot as they approached. Officer Smarr died at the scene. Officer Smith was flown to a hospital in Macon, Ga., where he died the following day.


Officer Jody Smith, 26

Georgia Southwestern State University

December 7, 2016 – Officer Jody Smith responded, as backup, to a domestic call where he and Officer Nicholas Smarr, of the Americus Police Department, were shot. Officer Smith was flown to a hospital in Macon, Ga., where he died the next day, December 8, 2016. Officer Smarr died at the scene.


Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thomas, 30

Valencia County New Mexico

December 6, 2016 – Deputy Ryan Thomas was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a call. He is survived by his wife and child.


Trooper Frankie Williams, 31

New Jersey State Police

December 5, 2016 – Trooper Frankie Williams was killed when, while responding to a call, a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed the centerline and struck his patrol car head-on.


Overall officer line of duty deaths are up 15%. Deaths by gunfire are up 72%.

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