The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of the officers who sacrificed everything to keep us safe.
Officer William Michael McGary, 26
Conway Arkansas Police Department
February 1, 2013 – Officer William Michael McGary succumbed to injuries received when he was struck by an intoxicated driver while directing traffic at an accident scene. The suspect was found to be driving while under the influence of narcotics.
Sergeant Patrick Divers, 51
New York City Police Department
February 1, 2013 – Sgt. Patrick Divers suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a drug operation. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Officer Patricia “Patty” Parete, 48
Buffalo New York Police Department
February 2, 2013 – Officer Patty Parete died due to complications resulting from gunshot wounds she’d received after confronting an armed suspect in 2006.
Deputy Sheriff Billy Ray Grimsley, 59
Portsmouth Virginia Sheriff’s Office
February 3, 2013 – Deputy Billy Ray Grimsley succumbed to injuries received in a December motorcycle accident. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, sister, and brothers.
*We’d also like to mention the California officers, and civilians, who were killed or wounded this week during former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner’s shooting rampage. Dorner is still on the run and has vowed to kill more officers and their family members. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this situation. Some of you, we know, are good friends of this blog, and we urge you all to please use caution and do what it takes to stay safe while capturing Dorner.
As a safety measure, names of the fallen California officers and/or their family members have been withheld.