Fallen Heroes (December 29, 2020)

HONORING:

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon
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Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
End of Watch: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Age: 65
Tour: 45 years
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DETAILS:
Sheriff Benny Napoleon died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
Sheriff Napoleon had served in law enforcement for 45 years.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:

Officer Andrew Raymond Bouchard
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United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Age: 51
Tour: 13 years
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DETAILS:
Officer Andy Bouchard died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Houston Seaport.
Officer Bouchard was a U.S. Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:

Sergeant David Schmidt
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Seagoville Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Age: 48
Tour: 15 years
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DETAILS:
Sergeant David Schmidt died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty at the Seagoville Police Department.
Sergeant Schmidt had served with the Seagoville Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and three brothers.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:
Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Lee Witman
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Colonial Park Fire Company, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, December 11, 2020
Age: 88
Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:
Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Lee Witman, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, from the virus.
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HONORING:
Firefighter Edward Hine
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Colonial Park Fire Company, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Age: 79
Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:
Firefighter Edward Hine, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from the virus.
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HONORING:
Major Andrew “Andy” P. Davis
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Oklahoma City Fire Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Age: 45
Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:
On December 9, 2020, Major Andrew “Andy” P. Davis contracted COVID-19 while providing emergency medical care to a patient who had tested positive for the virus. Major Davis passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020.
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HONORING:
K9 Cara
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Staunton Sheriff's Office, Virginia
End of Watch: Monday, December 21, 2020
Age: 3
Tour: 2 years
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DETAILS:
K9 Cara died after falling from a bridge while assisting the Skyline Drug Task Force by conducting an article search along Old White Bridge Road in Augusta County.
Members of the Staunton Police Department and Augusta County Sheriff's Office were conducting an investigation at the Walmart. They observed a wanted subject unrelated to the investigation sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot. As officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, the woman driving it accelerated, striking two officers and leading deputies and Virginia State Police troopers on a 17-mile pursuit. The driver of the vehicle and the wanted subject were both taken into custody.
K9 Cara was requested to search for a gun that officers believed had been thrown from the vehicle. As K9 Cars searched for the, she fell from a bridge to the ground approximately 50 feet below. She suffered a broken back because of the fall. It was determined the best course of action was to euthanize her humanely.
A handgun and narcotics were later recovered.
K9 Cara had served with the Staunton City Sheriff's Office for two years and was a certified explosives-detection dog.
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HONORING:
K9 Loki
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Boone County Sheriff's Office, Illinois
End of Watch: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Age: Unknown
Tour: Unknown
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DETAILS:
K9 Loki was killed when his handler's patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on I-90, near Irene Road, at approximately 1:30 am.
His handler was conducting a traffic stop and was speaking to the driver of the stopped vehicle when the patrol car was struck from behind by a limousine being operated by a drunk driver. K9 Loki was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the stopped car and the drunk driver were both injured in the collision. K9 Loki's handler was struck by debris but not seriously injured. The driver of the limousine was charged with DUI and failure to yield to emergency vehicles.
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May you be at rest.

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