Fallen Heroes Friday (August 24, 2018)

HONORING:

K9 Boco
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Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Friday, August 17, 2018

Age: Unknown

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

K9 Boco was shot and killed in the area of Chandler Road while attempting to apprehend a suspect who was wanted for attempted murder.

The suspect had shot his girlfriend in the head earlier in the morning in Monroe, Louisiana. Investigators had learned that the man was at a residence on Chandler Road in Lincoln Parish. As deputies arrived at the scene at approximately 7:30 pm the man fled into a wooded area behind the home. K9 Boco was released for an apprehension as the man fled. Deputies heard several gunshots moments later.

The man was taken into custody at approximately 2:00 am. K9 Boco's body was recovered at approximately 3:45 am.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello
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New Rochelle Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Age: 56

Tour: 20 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Kathleen O'Connor-Funigiello died as the result of cancer that she developed following her assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site immediately following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Officer O'Connor-Funigiello had served with the New Rochelle Police Department for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, three step-children, and five siblings.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel
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Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Age: 40

Tour: 12

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Ben Zirbel succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash two days earlier at the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and Camp Francis Johnson Road.

He was traveling southbound on Blanding Boulevard when a pickup truck towing a trailer turned left in front of him. Deputy Zirbel was unable to avoid the vehicle and collided with the trailer. He was thrown from his department motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. He remained on life support until his organs could be donated.

Deputy Zirbel had served with the Clay County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

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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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