Fallen Heroes Friday (August 10, 2018)

HONORING:

Investigator Timothy Dale Cole, Sr.
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Comanche County District Attorney's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Age: 61

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Investigator Tim Cole succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on June 18th, 2007, while attempting to serve a high-risk search warrant at a condominium at 2802 NE 9th Street in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Investigator Cole was assigned to the Comanche County Drug Task Force and was assisting members of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in serving the warrant at approximately 6:40 am. The subject had sold methamphetamine to undercover agents on two occasions was known to be armed.

As agents attempted to breach the door the man opened fire from inside, shooting through the door and striking Investigator Cole and an OBN agent. Other agents returned fired and killed the subject.

Investigator Cole suffered a spinal cord injury that rendered him a paraplegic. His health continued to deteriorate and he died from complications of his wounds on August 4th, 2018.

Investigator Cole is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren, parents, and three siblings.

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HONORING:

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Andrew Brake
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CAL FIRE, California

End of Watch: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Age: 40

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On August 9, 2018, at approximately 00:19hours, in a single vehicle crash, Heavy Equipment Mechanic Andrew Brake, the sole occupant, had been driving northbound on Highway 99 when the CAL FIRE support vehicle ran off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames. The collision happened near Los Molinos in Tehama County. Brake was assigned to work the Carr Fire burning in Shasta and Trinity counties.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Barry Everett
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DeKalb County Fire Rescue, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Age: 42

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Firefighter Barry Everett worked a 24-hour shift and responded to multiple emergencies, the last emergency being at 0000hrs. During shift change, at 0800hrs, Everett was found deceased in bed at the fire station. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

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HONORING:

Chief Engineer/Firefighter Pasquale “Pepper” DiBenedetto
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Englishtown Fire Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Age: 68

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On July 30, 2018, Chief Engineer/Firefighter DiBenedetto responded from his home to the firehouse for an activated CO alarm call. An in-station crew and the chief responded to investigate and found it due to a faulty battery. DiBenedetto stood-by in-station for additional calls and to place the apparatus back into service. Upon completion, he then returned home. The next morning, DiBenedetto complained that he wasn’t feeling well and had a friend transport him to a local hospital. He suffered a massive stroke while en route, and required immediate surgery upon arrival. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he passed away in the hospital on August 2, 2018.

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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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