Fallen Heroes Friday (December 14, 2018)

HONORING:

Sergeant Matthew Moreno
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Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Age: 37

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Sergeant Matthew Moreno was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 12, near Valdez, while responding to a domestic incident at 8:00 pm.

Sergeant Moreno's patrol pickup and a second patrol vehicle both collided with a vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction. Sergeant Moreno and the two occupants of the other vehicle, including an infant, all succumbed to their injuries. A deputy in Sergeant Moreno's vehicle and the deputy in the second patrol car were both injured.

Sergeant Moreno had served with the Las Animas County Sheriff's Office for five years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and one stepson.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Jermaine Brown
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Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Age: 46

Tour: 15 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Jermaine Brown was killed in an ATV crash while conducting an enforcement detail as the result of community complaints of illegal activity along a canal path.

He was responding to assist other officers on the detail when the ATV he was driving struck a tree south of the intersection of South Dixie Highway and SW 211th Street.

Officer Brown had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. His wife also serves with the department.

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HONORING:

Sergeant Benton Bertram
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Charlestown Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Age: 33

Tour: 9 years

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DETAILS:

Sergeant Ben Bertram was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit on State Road 3 at 10:30 pm.

He had attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation but the driver refused to stop. As the pursuit neared State Road 56, in Scott County, Sergeant Bertram's vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Other officers in the pursuit immediately stopped and rendered aid but Sergeant Bertram succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The driver continued to flee but was apprehended in Clark County. He was charged with resisting law enforcement resulting in death and auto theft.

Sergeant Bertram's canine partner survived the crash and was treated at a local veterinary hospital.

Sergeant Bertram had served with the Charlestown Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his parents.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Edgar Isidro Flores
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DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Edgar Flores was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Candler Road, near I-20, at approximately 5:00 pm.

During the course of the traffic stop, the suspect fled on foot with Officer Flores in pursuit. The man opened fire on Officer Flores, fatally wounding him, as he continued to flee.

The man was later shot and killed after he shot a police canine that located him hiding behind a nearby business. The canine was critically wounded.

Officer Edgar had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for 18 months.

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HONORING:

K9 Bane
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Tulare Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Age: 1

Tour: 2 weeks

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DETAILS:

K9 Bane was shot and killed near the intersection of Tulare Avenue and Palm Street while attempting to apprehend a suspect following a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit began after another officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The pursuit left the city and continued until the vehicle came to a stop. K9 Bane was released for an apprehension as at least one of the occupants of the vehicle opened fire, striking K9 Bane and wounding handler. Other officers on the scene returned fire, killing one suspect and wounding a second. The third subject was taken into custody and charged with four counts of attempted homicide of a police officer, the death of a police dog, and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

K9 Bane had completed training only 2 weeks earlier and was working his first full weekend on duty.

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HONORING:

Christopher J. Roy
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Worcester Fire Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Age: 36

Tour: Not Available

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DETAILS:

On December 9, 2018, Firefighter Christopher Roy responded with the Worcester Fire Department to a basement fire of a 3-story, 6-unit apartment building. Conditions deteriorated rapidly and, ultimately, the fire went to five alarms. Heavy fire forced several firefighters to the second floor to evacuate. With the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters escaped using ladders. Two additional firefighters, including Firefighter Roy, became trapped and had to be rescued by fire crews. Both were transported to a local hospital where Firefighter Roy passed away from the injuries sustained. The second firefighter was evaluated and released.

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HONORING:

EMT Mike Fink
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Anderson County EMS, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Age: 45

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Mike Fink died suddenly Sunday morning. An EMT with Anderson County EMS, Fink leaves behind a legacy of being involved in youth sports in Anderson County, including being a founding member of the Anderson County Youth Wrestling program.

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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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