Fallen Heroes (August 2, 2019)

HONORING:

Police Officer Juan Jose Diaz
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Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed shortly after midnight in the area of Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street after taking law enforcement action when he observed several men vandalizing a wall.

He was eating with friends when he observed the man tagging a wall with gang graffiti. He approached the man and told him to stop. A short time later the man returned with others, confronted Officer Diaz and his friends, and brandished a handgun. The man then opened fire on the group as they tried to leave the area, killing Officer Diaz and wounding his girlfriend's brother.

The man fled the area and remains at large.

Officer Diaz had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau.
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HONORING:

Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov
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CAL FIRE, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,
California

End of Watch: Monday, July 29, 2019

Age: 29

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, Firefighter Katkov was on a training hike with his crew in San Diego County. During the hike, he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately flown to Temecula Valley Hospital in Riverside County where he passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019.
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HONORING:

K9 Havoc
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Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Age: 7

Tour: 6 years, 6 months
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DETAILS:

K9 Havoc was struck and killed by a vehicle on Vineyard Road in the area of Vineyard Beach at 9:15 am.

His handler stopped to let K9 Havoc take a break in a parking lot more than 200 feet from the roadway. As K9 Havoc inspected the area he suddenly ran towards the roadway and failed to obey his handler's commands to return. He was struck by a vehicle once he entered the roadway.

He was able to return to his handler who immediately took him to a veterinary clinic. He passed away approximately one hour later while being treated for his injuries.

K9 Havoc had served with the Utah County Sheriff's Office for 6-1/2 years and was certified in narcotics detection and patrol. He had taken third place in vehicle narcotics search at the Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Trials in October 2018.
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HONORING:

K9 Verro
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Paulding County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, July 19, 2019

Age: 8

Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:

K9 Verro was shot and killed after biting a sheriff's deputy in the area of Brooks Road and Trotters Way in Dallas, Georgia.

Deputies had responded to the area to investigate a domestic violence call. They encountered a male subject in a vehicle who fled on foot when they attempted to contact him. K9 Verro's handler responded to the scene but did not deploy K9 Verro because the department's criteria for a canine deployment had not yet been met.

As K9 Verro's handler was assisting other deputies in the foot pursuit, K9 Verro was able to squeeze through an opening in his kennel and entered the front of the patrol vehicle. He was then able to squeeze out of a partially opened window and exited the vehicle. He then mistook a deputy involved in the foot pursuit for a fleeing subject and attempted an apprehension, biting the deputy in the leg. The deputy, not recognizing Verro and unable to break free from the bite, fatally shot him.
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HONORING:

K9 Jake
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Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, July 20, 2019

Age: 6

Tour: 5 years
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DETAILS:

K9 Jake died as the result of being exposed to a substance believed to be the synthetic cannabinoid Fluoro ADB while performing a narcotics detection assignment at the Staton Correctional Facility.

They were performing a search for contraband in B Dorm when K9 Jake alerted on a powdery substance. He immediately became unresponsive and was rushed to the prison's health care unit where nurses performed CPR and administered an IV. He was ultimately taken to the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic where he died two days later on July 20th, 2019.

K9 Jake had served with the Alabama Department of Corrections for five years.
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HONORING:

K9 Windy
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Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Age: 5

Tour: 5 years
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DETAILS:

K9 Windy died after contracting Valley Fever while handling a tracking call in a desert area of Riverside County in May 2019.

She ingested Valley Fever fungal spores during a track and became ill. Her condition worsened and she was medically retired from the department. She passed away two weeks later as a result of the illness on July 25th, 2019.

K9 Windy had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for five years and served as a tracking bloodhound. She had a total of 50 documented finds.
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May you be at rest.

This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).

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