Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.

Sergeant Barbara Ester, 47

Arkansas Department of Correction

January 20, 2012 – Sergeant Barbara Ester was stabbed to death by an inmate when she entered an open dormitory area to investigate a contraband issue. Sgt. Ester had reason to believe that inmate Latavious Johnson, a convicted murderer, possessed an unauthorized pair of tennis shoes. And, when she approached Johnson he stabbed her in the side, abdomen, and chest. Sgt. Ester is survived by her husband who also works as an officer in the same facility.

Patrol Officer Garret Davis, 28

Honolulu Hawaii Police Department

January 21, 2012 – Officer Garret Davis was killed while assisting a stranded motorist. He’d parked his patrol car behind the disabled vehicle and was struck from behind by another vehicle. The patrol car immediately burst into flames. Officer Davis died at the scene.

Deputy Sheriff James Thacker, 53

Pike County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department

January 23, 2012 – Deputy Sheriff James Thacker was killed in a head-on automobile crash when a vehicle crossed the center line, striking the patrol car.

Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas, 46

Atlanta Georgia Police Department

January 24, 2012 – Officer Gail Thomas was assisting at the scene of a traffic accident when she was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.

Correctional Officer Clarence Tariq Hammond III, 33

Michigan Department of Corrections

January 14, 2012 – Correctional Officer Clarence Hammond was shot and killed when a suspect attempted to rob him as he arrived home after completing his shift. He was in uniform at the time of the attempted robbery. He leaves behind two young sons.

Agent Francis Crespo-Mandry, 55

Puerto Rico Police Department

January 18, 2012 – Agent Francis Crespo-Mandry was shot and killed while responding to a robbery-in-progress alarm at a gas station. When Agent Crespo-Mandry and another officer arrived at the scene, two suspects immediately opened fire. Agent Crespo-Mandry leaves behind his wife and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Randall L. Benoit, 41

Calcasieu Parish Louisiana Sheriff’s Office

January 18, 2012 – Deputy Sheriff Randall Benoit was killed in a head-on automobile crash while on patrol.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.

Deputy Sheriff William Coleman, 50

Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff’s Office

January 8, 2012 – Deputy Bill Coleman was shot and killed after responding to a burglary call at a local business. When he arrived at the location of the call he observed a minivan in the parking lot. Deputy Coleman tapped on the window of the vehicle with his flashlight, checking to see if anyone was inside. Instantly, a suspect, former marine reservist Drew Maras, emerged from beneath a blanket and began firing a rifle. Another deputy then shot and killed Maras.

Officers later learned that Maras had killed a couple, James Johnson and Carol Raynsford, both 63, a week earlier.

Maras was fascinated with UFOs and deeply about government coverups and an apocalyptic event he felt was slated for Dec. 21, 2012. He’d expressed those concerns on a local radio show, stating, “There is a very good reason why UFO and UFO activity has spiked in recent years. It’s because Mother Earth herself is in trouble. She is about to have a temper tantrum. Something has stirred the hive and that something is the once-every-25,800-year great galactic alignment set to commence on December 21, 2012, otherwise known as the end of time as we know it.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio had this to say regarding the shooting death of his deputy, Bill Coleman. “There seems to be a war on cops across the nation, and here in Arizona.”

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Deputy Coleman died one week shy of his 51’st birthday. He leaves behind his wife and four children.

Detective Andrew F. Faggio, 46

New Haven Connecticut Police Department

January 11, 2012- Detective Andrew Faggio was killed in an automobile crash while on his way to a stakeout at 4am. He swerved to avoid an oncoming car that had drifted into his lane, lost control of his police vehicle and struck at tree. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.

Special Agent Daniel Lee Knapp, 43

Federal Bureau of Investigation

December 29, 2011 – Agent Daniel Knapp died while attempting to rescue a drowning 18-year-old swimmer.

Officer Shawn Schneider

Lake City Minnesota Police Department

December 30, 2011 – Officer Shawn Schneider was shot in the head after responding to a domestic disturbance. Officer Schneider leaves behind his wife and three young children.

Special Agent John Capano, 51

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

December 31, 2011 – Agent Capano was killed while attempting to stop a robbery-in-progress. He was off-duty and in plainclothes at the time, and was shot by a retired Nassau County police officer who mistook the agent as one of the robbers. Agent Capano is the first ATF agent to be killed by gunfire since the 1993 Waco, Texas raid. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales, 40

Puerto Rico Police Department

January 1, 2012 – Sergeant Abimael Castro-Berrocales was shot twice in the face while conducting a traffic stop. He leaves behind his wife and three sons.

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, 34

United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service

January 1, 2012 – Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect. The suspect, who was wanted for an earlier shooting where four people were wounded, shot Ranger Anderson before she had a chance to exit her patrol vehicle. She leaves behind her husband and two young children.

Officer Jared Francom

Ogden Utah Police Department

January 4, 2012 – Officer Jared Francom was shot and killed while serving a drug-related warrant. Five other members of the entry team were wounded during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. Officer Francom leaves behind his wife and two young children.

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