Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

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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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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Sergeant Timothy Prunty, 44

Shreveport Louisiana Police Department

October 24, 2010 – Sergeant Tim Prunty was shot and killed in an ambush style attack. He had just completed a check on a business and was standing near his car talking to the owner when a man drove up and opened fire on him. Although Sgt. Prunty was struck multiple times he was able to return fire before collapsing to the ground.

Sgt. Prunty is survived by his twin brother, also an officer with the department.

Funeral procession for Sgt. Prunty

Officer John Abraham, 37

Teaneck New Jersey Police Department

October 25, 2010 – Officer John Abraham was killed when his car collided with a utility pole. He is survived by his wife and son.

Deputy Sheriff Odell McDuffie Jr., 43

Liberty County Texas Sheriff’s Department

October 25, 2010 – Deputy Sheriff Odell McDuffie, Jr. was killed when his patrol car left the highway and struck a grove of trees. He is remembered by his fellow officers as a gentle giant who used his infectious smile rather than force to calm tense situations. Deputy McDuffie is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Captain George Green, 56

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

October 26, 2010 – Captain George Green was killed when a dump truck slammed into the side of his patrol car. Captain Green had served 31 years with the department and was six months from retirement.

Lieutenant Jose A. Cordova-Montañez

Puerto Rico Police Department

October 26, 2010 – Lt. Jose Cordova-Montañez was shot and killed while off duty when he attempted to intervene during an armed robbery. He leaves behind his wife, four children, and several grandchildren.

Officer Christopher A. Wilson, 50

San Diego California Police Department

October 27, 2010 – Officer Christopher Wilson was killed during an intense gun battle that began after officers attempted to arrest a wanted suspect. A police K-9 was also wounded during the incident. Officer Wilson is survived by his son and daughter.

A police investigator marks evidence at the scene where Officer Wilson was fatally shot – LA Times photo

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Officer Merrill Bruguier, 37

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department

October 9, 2010 – Officer Merrill Bruguier died in a single car rollover crash. He was on duty driving his patrol car at the time. He leaves behind his wife and nine-year-old son.

Patrolman Karl R. McDonough

El Paso Texas Police Department

October 13, 2010 – Patrolman Karl McDonough was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.

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Corrections Officer Kellie Pena, 34

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

September 3, 2010 – Officer Kellie Pena died as a result of injuries he received during a struggle with an inmate.

Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Longway, 48

Hillsborough County Florida Sheriff’s Office

September 21, 2010 – Deputy Mark Longway died when his patrol car crashed head on with a tractor trailer. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Corporal David Ralph Slaton, 56

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Highway Patrol

September 20, 2010 – Corporal David Slaton was killed when his patrol car struck a cow then veered into the path of a tractor trailer, causing a second crash. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Officer John Zykas

United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection

September 8, 2010 – Officer John Zykas suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a training exercise. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Sergeant Thomas Alexander, 57

Rayville Louisiana Police Department

September 11, 2010 – Sergeant Thomas Alexander was shot and killed while responding to a burglary-in-progress call. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Trooper Mark D. Barrett, 41

Virginia State Police

Trooper Mark Barrett was participating in deep water dive training when his dive partner noticed he was experiencing trouble. When the two surfaced members of the dive team began CPR on Trooper Barrett. He passed away later at the hospital. Trooper Barrett is survided by his wife and two children.

Officer Dan De Kraai

St. Joseph Missouri Police Department

September 15, 2010 – Officer Dan De Kraai was accidentally shot and killed during a live-fire training exercise. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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