Fallen Heroes (August 9, 2019)

HONORING:
Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson

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Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee
End of Watch Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Age: 64
Tour: 38 years
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DETAILS:
Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson was found murdered in her residence on the grounds of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on August 7th, 2019, by an inmate who then escaped from the facility using a tractor.

The escapee, who was serving a sentence for aggravated kidnapping and rape, remains at large.

Administrator Johnson had served with the Tennessee Department of Correction for 38 years and started her career as a correctional officer.
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HONORING:
Correctional Officer Pedro J. Rodríguez-Mateo

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Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Puerto Rico
End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 2019
Age: 44
Tour: N/A
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DETAILS:
Correctional Officer Pedro Rodríguez-Mateo succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was attacked by an inmate at the Ponce Maximum Security Facility.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo was supervising inmate visitation when he observed a visitor pass an item to an inmate. He had the inmate removed the visitation area so he could be searched. During the search, the inmate attacked Officer Rodríguez-Mateo and disarmed him of his baton. The inmate, who was serving a 71-year sentence for a triple murder, struck Officer Rodríguez-Mateo several times, causing him to suffer a skull fracture.

The inmate was subdued and remains in custody and was charged with first-degree of a correctional officer.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Officer Rodríguez-Mateo is survived by his wife and child.
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HONORING:
Fire Chief / Public Safety Director James E. Sommers

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Suwannee Fire Rescue, Live Oak, Florida
End of Watch Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Age: 40
Tour: N/A
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DETAILS:
On the evening of August 6, 2019, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director James E. Sommers was returning home on his motorcycle from a Suwannee County Commission Meeting, where he was representing the Suwannee Fire Rescue Department, when he was struck by a vehicle.  Sommers was immediately transported to the Lake City Medical Center where he died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

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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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