Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends its condolences to the family of each of this brave police officer.

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Rene Rayos, 32

Reeves County Texas Sheriff’s Department

April 11, 2010 – Deputy Jacob Rayos was killed in a rollover accident while attempting to locate a criminal suspect. Deputy Rayos began his career in 1998 as a corrections officer with the department, and then moved into patrol in 2004. He leaves behind five children.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

Officer Hector Ayala, 31

Montgomery County Maryland Police Department

April 4, 2010 –  Officer Ayala was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist another officer with a fight call. He is survived by his wife, 14-month old son, and unborn triplets.

Deputy Sheriff Chad Pritchard, 26

Overton County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office

April 6, 2010 – Deputy Chad Pritchard, along with other officers, was investigating a cold case homicide just outside Standing Stone State Park, when the area where he was standing gave way. Deputy Pritchard fell 160 feet to his death inside the sinkhole. He leaves behind his wife and parents.

*Thanks to ODMP and WATE.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

Officer Timothy Joseph Zurovet, 54

Forest Hill Texas Police Department

March 24, 2010 – Officer Timothy Zurovetz succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on June 12, 1981, while responding to an emergency call. Officer Zurovetz is survived by his daughter and mother.

Corporal Kevin Cusack, 45

South Carolina Highway Patrol

March 27, 2010 – Corporal Kevin Cusack was killed in a single vehicle accident when his patrol car left the highway. He is survived by his three children.

*Thanks to ODMP

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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

Sergeant Ira G. Essoe Sr., 69

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

February 4, 2010 – Sgt. Ira G. Essoe, Sr. succumbed to complications from gunshot wounds he received in November 1980. He and his partner had attempted to stop three men from breaking into a car in a mall parking lot when all three suspects opened fire on Sgt. Essoe, striking him twice. Sergeant Essoe survived by his wife and three children.

Sgt. Essoe (seated) is pictured with his son and grandson, both who serve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Brian Walsh, 34

Federal Way, Wa. Police Department

March 21, 2010 – After responding to an officer-involved shooting, Officer Brian Walsh suffered a fatal heart attack. He is survived by his expectant wife and two childrem.

Ranger Kenneth Betancourt, 29

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Ranger Félix Rodríguez, 31

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

March 23, 2010 – Ranger Félix Rodríguez and Ranger Kenneth Betancourt were shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt at the Department of Natural and Environment Resources in San Juan.

Ranger Betancourt is survived by his two young children.

Officer David Haynes, 27

St. Louis Missouri Police Department

March 24, 2010 – Officer David Haynes was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit of a burglary suspect. He is survived by his wife.

*Thanks to ODMP and The St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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Officer Thomas Patton II, 30

Cleveland Heights Ohio Police Department

March 13, 2010 – Officer Thomas Patton II suffered a fatal heart attack while in a foot pursuit of a criminal suspect. He leaves behind his four-month-old daughter and fiancee.

An officer escorts the casket of Officer Patton with a riderless horse.

Patrolman James Kerstetter, 43

Elyria Ohio Police Department

March 15, 2010 – Patrolman James Kerstetter was shot and killed after responding to a call about a man who’d exposed himself to a child. Patrolman Kerstette is survived by his wife and three daughters.

*Thanks to ODMP.

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Officer Christopher Arby Upton, 37

United States Department of Agriculture

Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations

March 10, 2010 – While on routine patrol, a man hunting for coyotes mistook Officer Upton for game and shot and killed him with a night vision-equipped, high-powered rifle. Officer Upton leaves behind his wife and four-year-old daughter.

Corporal J. R. Searc, 33

Ouachita Louisiana Parish Sheriff’s Office

March 6, 2010 – On March 4, 2010, Corporal J.R. Searc was shot while answering an assault call. He succumbed to his wounds two days later. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Officer James Bonnea, 26

Jackson Michigan Police Department

March 9, 2010 – Officer James Bonnea was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.


Private First Class Thomas P. (Tom) Jensen, 27

Prince George’s County Maryland Police Department

March 9, 2010 – Private First Class Tom Jensen succumbed to wounds he’d received in an automobile accident ten days earlier while responding to a burglary call. He is survived by his wife and parents.

*Thanks to ODMP

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