Archive for the ‘Friday’s Heroes’ Category
The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Chief of Police Jerry E. Hicks, Sr., 69
Leadwood Missouri Police Department
December 4, 2011 – Chief of Police Jerry Hicks was on his way to a local prison to pick up an inmate work crew when his vehicle hit a tree after sliding on an icy spot in the roadway. He succumbed to his injuries six days later.
Chief Hicks is survived by his two adult children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Deputy Sheriff Rick Rhyne, 58
Moore County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office
December 8, 2011 – Deputy Sheriff Rick Rhyne was shot and killed after responding to a trespassing call at a private residence. He was questioning two brothers and learned that one of them was wanted for outstanding child support. Deputy Rhyne then attempted to arrest the suspect. At some point during the arrest, the suspect pulled out a handgun and fatally shot the deputy. The suspect then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.
Deputy Rhyne, a 37 year veteran, had previously served as chief of police for another law enforcement ageny.
He is survived by his wife, son, and two grandchildren.
Officer Deriek W. Crouse, 39
Virginia Tech Police Department
December 8, 2011 – Officer Deriek Crouse was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in a university parking lot. The shooter, a man unrelated to the traffic stop, approached Officer Crouse’s unmarked car and shot him once in the head as he sat in his vehicle.
The suspect fled on foot but later committed suicide as officers attempted to contact him.
Officer Crouse is survived by his wife, five children, mother, and brother.
* 2011 line of duty deaths…147
The Graveyard Shift offers our condolences to the family of this brave officer.
Correctional Officer Buddy Ray Herron, 42
Oregon Department of Corrections
November 29, 2011 – At approximately 11:00 pm, Corrections Officer Buddy Ray Herron was on his way to work the graveyard shift at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution when he stopped to assist what he thought was a stranded motorist. Instead, the man was a parole violator who fatally stabbed Officer Herron and then stole his vehicle. It was learned later that the suspect was involved in an earlier burglary and had previously stolen and possibly crashed the car spotted by Officer Heron.
Officer Herron is survived by his wife and four children.
A bouquet of flowers lay at the site where Officer Herron was fatally stabbed – OregonLive.com photo
Murderer Joshua Weeks
Admitted meth addict Joshua Weeks has confessed to killing Officer Buddy Ray Herron. During his confession, he offered no motive for the senseless murder.
* 2011 line-of-duty deaths – 144