Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

Officer James Lister

Arizona State University Police Department

December 16, 2010 – Officer James Lister suffered a fatal heart attack one day after responding to a fight at the university.

Officer Andrew J. Rameas, 33

Harker Heights Texas Police Department

December 20, 2010 – Officer Rameas was leading a funeral procession when an SUV suddenly turned in front of his motorcycle. He was unable to avoid a collision with the SUV and died as a result of the injuries he received in the crash.

Officer Rameas is survived by his parents.

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Sergeant Wesley Richard Whitmore Jr., 60

Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office

December 12, 2010 – Sergeant Wesley Whitmore was struck and killed just after he’d exited his patrol car in a convenience store parking lot. The 79-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Sgt. Whitmore told investigators that he’d blacked out just before the crash. Sgt. Whitmore is survived by his wife and grown children.

Sgt. Whitmore’s patrol car after the crash that killed him.

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, 40

United States Department of Homeland Security – Border Patrol

December 14, 2010 – Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a group of armed men who were intending to rob illegal immigrants. Agent Terry was shot in the back with an AK-47. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and two sisters.

The road to the area where Agent Terry was killed is blocked by a Border Patrol vehicle

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

Officer Michael R. Flisk, 46

Chicago Police Department

November 26, 2010 – Officer Michael Flisk was processing a burglary scene and collecting evidence when the criminal returned to the scene. He shot and killed Officer Flisk, and he shot and killed the burglary victim, a retired police officer.
Officer Flisk’s daughter spoke at the funeral, sharing some of the moments she treasured with her father, such as hearing him sing “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” watching him tinker with cars in their backyard, and seeing him snooze away on his favorite chair with the news blasting away on TV.
Officer Flisk is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, two brothers, and his parents. Both sisters and one brother also serve with the Chicago Police Department.

Officer Dwayne Parks, 45

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Illinois Police Department

November 23, 2010 – Officer Parks had just completed his shift when several juveniles began to harass him during the bus ride home. He identified himself as a police officer but the youths viciously attacked him. Officer Parks suffered a fatal heart attack moments after the juveniles fled the scene of the brutal beating.

Officer Parks leaves behind his wife, eleven children, and his mother.

Trooper David J. DeLaittre, 23

Montana Highway Patrol

December 1, 2010 – Trooper David DeLaittre was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop. He is survived by his parents.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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Senior Corrections Officer John H. “Packy” Paskewicz, 58

Maine Department of Corrections

November 16, 2010 – Officer John “Packy” Paskewicz suffered a fatal heart while undergoing training against edged weapon attacks. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Nam war, serving in both the Army and Navy, and he’d served as a corrections officer for 20 years.

Deputy Sheriff Sam Brownlee, 43

Weld County Colorado Sheriff’s Office

November 23, 2010 –  Deputy Sam Brownlee was involved in a high speed pursuit (107mph) of a wanted suspect (a known gang member) when other officers deployed stop sticks. The suspect’s car was then disabled and Deputy Brownlee, along with officers from other departments, attempted to arrest him, an effort the suspect violently resisted. Officers then used a Taser but the probes didn’t stick so the scuffle continued. The man was somehow able to gain control of Deputy Brownlee’s service weapon, which he used to shoot Brownlee in the face and twice in the chest. An Evans PD officer returned fire, shooting the suspect. Both Deputy Brownlee and the suspect were transported to the local hospital where they both died as a result of their gunshot wounds.

Deputy Brownlee is survived by his wife.

Officer Patrick Sirois, 50

United States Department of Defense – Fort Hood Police Department

November 23, 2010 – Officer Patrick Sirois died doing exactly what he known for…helping others. He’d stopped to assist a stranded motorist when a car driven by a teenager struck the disabled pickup truck, pinning Officer Sirois against the guardrail. Moments before the crash, Sirois realized the approaching danger and managed to push the motorist to safety. He was unharmed. Officer Sirois was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by his fiancee.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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Correctional Officer Tracy Cooper, 42

Illinois Department of Corrections

September 28, 2010 – On January 25, 2010, Officer Tracy Cooper was assigned to the duty of escorting prisoners to court. Once inside the courtroom the judge ordered officers to remove the restraints from the inmates. The moment the shackles were off one inmate attempted to escape but was immediately subdued by Officer Cooper. During the scuffle Officer Cooper received injuries that required surgery, a procedure later scheduled for September 27, 2010. While under the effects of anesthesia for the rotator cuff surgery Officer Cooper slipped into a coma and passed away the next day. He leaves behind his wife and three children.

Officer Ryan Bonaminio, 28

Riverside California Police Department

November 7, 2010 – Officer Ryan Bonaminio was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspected truck thief. It is believed that Officer Bonaminio was killed with his own service weapon. The suspect, Earl Ellis Green, was captured two days later after police matched a fingerprint found in the stolen truck to Green. Green is a violent felon on parole from a California state prison.

Officer Bonaminio is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

Suspected cop killer Earl Ellis Green

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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Officer Sergio Antillon, 25

San Antonio Texas Police Department

October 14, 2010 – Officer Sergio Antillon had just completed his shift and was on the way home when he stopped to help a stranded motorist. Moments later a drunk driver struck both the motorist and Officer Antillon. Officer Antillon succumbed to his injuries on October 29, 2010. He had graduated from the police academy just seven weeks prior to the collision.

Funeral of Officer Sergio Antillon

Deputy Sheriff Dean Miera, 48

Bernalillo County New Mexico Sheriff’s Department

October 29, 2010 – Deputy Sheriff Dean Miera was on his way to serve an eviction notice when he was killed in a car crash involving two other vehicles, a semi-truck and another car. The driver of the car pulled out in front of the truck which then swerved, striking Deputy Miera’s unmarked police car head on.

Deputy Miera’s burgundy police car is shown on left

Deputy Miera is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

Officer Paul Dittamo, 32

Metropolitan Police Department
District of Columbia

October 30, 2010 – Officer Paul Dittamo was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a call. He had served with the department for just over one year. Officer Dittamo is survived by his wife, parents, brothers, sisters, and nieces and nephews.

Shana Dittamo look on as her husband’s coffin is loaded into the hearse. (Washington Post image)

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