Archive for the ‘Friday’s Heroes’ Category
The Graveyard Shift offers our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Trooper Bobby Gene Demuth, Jr., 42
North Carolina Highway Patrol
September 8, 2012 – Trooper Bobby Demuth, Jr. was struck and killed while deploying stop sticks to stop a wanted driver who was attempting to flee pursuing officers. The suspect was wanted for two counts of kidnapping among other charges. Dash cam video shows the suspect intentionally swerve to hit the trooper.
Trooper Demuth is survived by his wife and eight-year-old son, his mother, sister, and brother.
Officer Bruce St. Laurent, 55
Jupiter Florida Police Department
September 9, 2012 – Officer Bruce St. Laurent was escorting President Barack Obama’s motorcade when a pickup struck his motorcycle, forcing him into the guardrail. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer St. Laurent is survived by his wife and four children.
Officer Patrick O’Rourke, 39
West Bloomfield Michigan Police Department
September 9, 2012 – Officer O’Rourke was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance. He is survived by his wife, four children, his parents, brothers, and a grandfather.
Sergeant Ian Loughran, 43
Hartford County Maryland Sheriff’s Office
September 13, 2012 – Sergeant Ian Loughran suffered a fatal heart attack while attending the funeral of fellow officer Corporal Charles Licato, who’d been killed in the line of duty the previous week. Sgt. Loughran is survived by his wife and son.
Officer Bradley Fox, 34
Plymouth Township Pennsylvania Police Department
September 13, 2012 – Officer Bradley Fox was shot and killed after responding to reports of a hit and run. The suspect opened fire as Officer Fox approached, wounding both Fox and his canine partner. Officer Fox is survived by his expectant wife and daughter.
The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Trooper Eric Workman, 26
West Virginia State Police
August 31, 2012 – Trooper Eric Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey arrested a suspect for driving under the influence and reckless driving. The two troopers searched the intoxicated suspect and then placed him in the rear of the patrol car, where he retrieved a gun he’d concealed beneath his clothing. He then fatally shot Corporal Bailey and took his service weapon. Trooper Workman was severely wounded during the gunfire.
The suspect then got out of the patrol car and shot a tow truck driver who was in the process of removing the suspect’s car from the scene. The wounded tow truck driver managed to call for help.
The suspect ran to a nearby ditch where he hid, waiting to ambush responding officers as they arrived. The first officer on the scene was shot several times. The next officers to arrive returned fire, killing the suspect.
Trooper Workman succumbed to his injuries while on life-support at an area hospital.
Officer Forrest “Dino” Taylor, 44
Baltimore Maryland Police Department
August 29, 2012 – On February 18, 2012, Officer Forrest Taylor was responding to back up other officers when an SUV ran a red light, striking Officer Taylor’s patrol car, forcing it into a utility pole.
Officer Taylor succumbed to his injuries following an August surgery related to the automobile crash. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Captain Leide DeFusco, 43
Pueblo County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
August 31, 2012 – Captain Leide DeFusco was killed in an airplane crash during a search for marijuana growing operations in the mountains. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37
California Highway Patrol
September 5, 2012 – Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was checking on an animal carcass on the side of the highway when another officer stopped a vehicle directly behind Youngstrom’s patrol car. Officer Youngstrom walked back to the stopped vehicle and began speaking with the driver, who suddenly pulled a gun and shot Youngstrom in the head. The second officer, who was still seated in his patrol car when the shooting occurred, returned fire, killing the suspect.
Officer Youngstrom is survived by his wife, four children, mother, and brothers and sisters.
Corporal Charles B. Lacato, 34
Hartford County Maryland Sheriff’s Office
September 6, 2012 – Corporal Charles Licato was killed in a single-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of September 6, 2012.