Fallen Heroes Friday (February 16th, 2018)

HONORING:

Fire Chief Richard "Dick" Gray
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Ishpeming Township Fire Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, February 12, 2018

AGE: 83

TOUR: 44 years
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DETAILS:

Ishpeming Twp. – Richard M. “Dick” Gray, age 83, of 1795 Ellsworth St., Ishpeming Twp., MI passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Marquette Co Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming while in the loving care of his family and staff members.

Richard was born May 28, 1934 in Norway, MI the son of the late Melvin R. and Dora (Vandervest) Gray. He grew up in Norway and was a graduate of the Norway High School, Class of 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1952 – 54, having been stationed in Germany. He married Rita Marie Draxler on April 27, 1957 in Iron Mountain, MI. They resided in Milwaukee, WI for a few years prior to moving to Marquette in 1964 and then to Ishpeming Twp. in 1965. Dick had worked for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. for over 30 years, mainly at the Brownstone Shops in Ishpeming as a machinist retiring in 1996.

Dick was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He served on the Ishpeming Township Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 44 years and had been Chief for 4 of those years. He was also a member of the Ishpeming VFW. While raising his family, Dick enjoyed family camping trips during the summer months, especially the trips out West. During his retirement years he and Rita enjoyed traveling to various world destinations. Dick would often pass his time by reading or by doing woodworking projects in his later years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Rita Gray of Ishpeming, son Larry (Becky) Gray of Ishpeming, daughter Diane (Brent) Rosten of Negaunee Twp., six grandchildren – Thalicia, Shea, Tayler, Tessa, Nathan and Marisa, 2 great grandchildren – Benson and Aleah, brother Robert (Mary) Gray of Green Bay, WI, sisters – Phyllis Johnson of Manistique and Kathy (Dave) Honkanen of Milwaukee, WI, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anice Cappeart and brother-in-law Roy Johnson.

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HONORING:

K9 Mojo
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North Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, February 15, 2018

AGE: unknown

TOUR: 5 years
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DETAILS:

K9 Mojo was killed in a vehicle crash when his handler's patrol car collided with another vehicle on Rivers Avenue and Gumwood Boulevard at approximately 9:00 pm.

Mojo's handler was responding to another call, with all emergency equipment activated, when another vehicle attempted to turn left in front of him, causing a collision. Mojo was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital where he passed away. His handler and the other driver both suffered minor injuries.

The driver who caused the crash was charged with felony DUI.

K9 Mojo had served with the North Charleston Police Department for five years.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Darren Weathers
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Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AGE: 25

TOUR: 2 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Darren Weathers was killed in a vehicle crash on Michigan Avenue, near Clark Avenue.

He was participating in a surveillance training exercise when his vehicle collided with another before striking a utility pole. Officer Weathers was transported to Henry Ford Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Weathers was a U.S. military veteran and had served with the Detroit Police Department for almost two years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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HONORING:

Commander Paul R. Bauer
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Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AGE: 53

TOUR: 31 years
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DETAILS:

Commander Paul Bauer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had just run from other officers near the James R. Thompson Center, a state government office building.

Other officers had attempted to conduct a subject stop on the man in connection with a shooting that had occurred several days earlier. The subject fled from the officers. Commander Bauer, who was wearing a suit and in the area for a meeting, observed the subject at the government building and attempted to stop him in a stairwell. The subject opened fire, killing Commander Bauer.

The subject was taken into custody moments later.

Commander Bauer had served with the Chicago Police Department for 32 years and served as commander of the 018th District. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Anthony Morelli
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Westerville Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, February 10, 2018

AGE: 54

TOUR: 29 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Anthony Morelli and Police Officer Eric Joering were shot and killed when they responded to a 911 hangup call in the 300 block of Crosswind Drive.

As officers arrived at the home they made contact with the residents of the apartment and let inside. As they walked into the apartment a 30-year-old male subject opened fire on them, mortally wounding Officer Joering and Officer Morelli. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and wounded the subject who was taken to a hospital.

Officer Morelli was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject was charged with two counts of capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Officer Morelli is survived by his wife and two children.

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HONORING:

K9 Officer Eric Joering
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Westerville Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, February 10, 2018

AGE: 39

TOUR: 17 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Eric Joering and Police Officer Anthony Morelli were shot and killed when they responded to a 911 hangup call in the 300 block of Crosswind Drive.

As officers arrived at the home they made contact with the residents of the apartment and let inside. As they walked into the apartment a 30-year-old male subject opened fire on them, mortally wounding Officer Joering and Officer Morelli. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and wounded the subject.

Officer Morelli was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject was charged with two counts of capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Officer Joering had served with the Westerville Division of Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, and his K-9 partner Sam. Arrangements have been made for Sam to remain with his widow and daughters.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Chase Maddox
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Locust Grove Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, February 9, 2018

AGE: 26

TOUR: 5 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Chase Maddox was shot and killed while assisting two deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's Office serve a warrant at a home on St. Francis Court.

The deputies had gone to the home to arrest the subject for failing to appear in court on a traffic violation. The man refused to cooperate and the deputies requested assistance from the Locust Grove Police Department.

Several minutes after Officer Maddox arrived at the scene the officers attempted to take the man into custody. The subject opened fire on the officers, killing Officer Maddox and wounding both deputies before being shot and killed.

Officer Maddox had served with the Locust Grove Police Department for five years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two sons. His second son was born four days after his death.

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HONORING:

Lieutenant Firefighter Richard Jenks
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Pascoag Fire Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Monday, February 14, 2018

AGE: 72

TOUR: 33 years
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DETAILS:

Lieutenant Richard Jenks collapsed while fighting a residential chimney fire. Other responders performed CPR on Lieutenant Jenks and transported him to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI, where he was pronounced deceased. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.

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HONORING:

Engineer Firefighter Jason Dickey
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Lawrenceburg Fire Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, February 12, 2018

AGE: 38

TOUR: 11 years
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DETAILS:

Engineer Jason Dickey died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital.

The fire started in a two-story residence along Lakeview Drive at around 1630hrs. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 2000hrs when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

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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).