Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

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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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

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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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

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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Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

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

Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris, 41

Kane County Utah Sheriff’s Office

August 26, 2010 – Deputy Brian Harris was killed while tracking burglary suspect Scott Curley. Curley set up an ambush and used a rifle to shoot Deputy Harris. The suspect was captured several days later. Deputy Harris, a Gulf War veteran, is survived by his wife Shawna and two daughters, 13-year-old Kirsten and 10-year-old Kristina.

Family and friends gather to mourn the passing of Deputy Brian Harris

Accused cop killer Scott Curley (sheriff’s office photo)

Chief of Police Paul Jeffrey Fricke

Hawk Point Missouri Police Department

August 27, 2010 – Chief Paul Fricke was traveling on Highway 47 near Hawk Point when his patrol car slipped off the pavement. He then over-corrected and his car hit a utility pole on the opposite side of the road. Chief Fricke died at the scene of the crash.

Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39

Hoonah Alaska Police Department

Sergeant Anthony Wallace, 32

Hoonah Alaska Police Department

August 28, 2010 – Officer Matthew Tokuoka was off duty and was driving with his family when he stopped to talk to fellow officer Sergeant Anthony Wallace. While Tokuoka and Wallace stood outside their cars a man walked up and opened fire, striking both officers. The officers were transported to the hospital where both succumbed to their injuries.

Officer Tokuoka’s wife, Haley, and their six-year-old son and two-year-old daughter were in the car at the time of the shooting. Tokuoka’s mother was visiting from out of town and was also in the car when her son and Sergeant Wallace were ambushed.

*Officers, please use caution and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be vigilant for potential ambush situations.

Stay safe and wear your vests.

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Friday’s Heroes: Remebering The Fallen

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Officer Charles Collins, 56

United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection

July 11, 2010 – Officer Charles Collins was killed in an automobile accident while on duty in Alaska. His vehicle left the roadway and went down a 200-foot embankment after he’d left his duty station in Port of Eagle. His body was recovered August 15, 2010.

Officer Collins is survived by his wife and two sons.

Officer Collins’ vehicle

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Writers’ Police Academy Short Story Contest and a Police Pursuit

It’s almost here! Yes, the Writers’ Police Academy short story contest opens in just a few days. So sharpen your pencils and your imaginations. This one’s going to be fun.

Each story must have a great opening, a fantastic middle, and a truly twisted Jeffery Deaver-style ending. Now for our own twist. You must tell your story in exactly 200 words, including the title. Signatures, author names, etc. may not be included in the word count.

Contest details will soon appear on this site and on the Writers’ Police Academy website, so please check back often.

The winner of the contest will receive the prestigious Golden Donut Award sponsored by The High Point North Carolina Public Library and The Graveyard Shift.

* Registrations are still available for the Writers’ Police Academy. More exciting plans for the academy are currently underway!

By the way, the photo above is a clue.

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Of course, the fact that you’re reading about the contest means everyone made it home safely this week. Sure, there were plenty of bumps and bruises along the way, but families remained whole. And that’s what it’s all about.

Now, let’s end the week with a video of a pursuit in L.A. I know, police pursuits are a dime a dozen in L.A., but it’s the end of this one that’s of interest. The suspect does not give up, even to a couple dozen police officers who have a pretty difficult time extricating him from his car. This all started when the driver entered a police station, made a threat, and then ran out. And you think your day at the office was rough…

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