Fallen Heroes Friday (February 23rd, 2018)

HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Kevin James Stanton
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Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 17, 2018

AGE: 32

TOUR: 10 years, 5 months
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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton was killed when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-95, just north of Route 50, at approximately 5:10 am.

The tractor-trailer suffered a tire blow-out, causing the driver to lose control and swerve into the left lane where Deputy Stanton was driving. Deputy Stanton's patrol car then struck the rear of the semi.

Deputy Stanton had served with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office for 10-1/2 years.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Justin Billa
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Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AGE: 27

TOUR: 2 years, 1 month
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Justin Billa was shot and killed while assisting in the apprehension of a man who had just murdered his ex-wife.

Investigators at the scene of the original murder identified the subject as a person of interest. Officer Billa, along with other officers, went to the man's home on Avondale Court to make contact with him. As the officers arrived on scene the subject exited the home and opened fire on them, striking Officer Billa. Another officer returned fire as the subject retreated back into the home.

Officer Billa was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he died a short time later.

The subject remained barricaded inside his home for the next three hours. His body was recovered from the home following the standoff.

Officer Billa had served with the Mobile Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and one 1-year-old son.

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HONORING:

Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin
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Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

AGE: 51

TOUR: 14 years
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DETAILS:

Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin was shot and killed at approximately 10:15 am while attempting to protect a female subject who was being attacked in a domestic violence incident in a neighborhood near the intersection of Chadds Ford Drive and Chadsey Lane.

Corporal Ramzziddin, was off duty and lived nearby, attempted to protect the female and confronted the man who was armed with a shotgun. The subject, who had a protective order issued against him, fatally shot Corporal Ramzziddin before stealing his service weapon and fleeing in a vehicle.

Responding officers pursued the man approximately 10 miles before he stopped and attempted to flee into a nearby wooded area. The man was shot and killed by pursuing officers after shooting at them.

Corporal Ramzziddin was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Captain Earnest McDuffie
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Hinesville Fire Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, February 20, 2018

AGE: 51

TOUR: 16 years
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DETAILS:

While performing fire department mandated physical fitness training, Captain Earnest McDuffie was running at a local park and fell unconscious. CPR was rendered immediately and Captain McDuffie was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

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HONORING:

K9 Rony
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Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

AGE: (Unknown)

TOUR: 7 years
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DETAILS:

K9 Rony died after suffering a serious injury following a vehicle and foot pursuit of a subject who had been driving a stolen car at approximately 1:00 am.

The driver led officers on a vehicle pursuit, during which time he threw contraband from the window and intentionally rammed a patrol car. The driver bailed out of the vehicle in the 12700 block of River Trail and fled on foot. K9 Rony was released for an apprehension in a heavily wooded area. One of Rony's legs became entangled in a wooden object and suffered a serious injury. He was rushed to a veterinary hospital where it was determined the most humane treatment would be to euthanize him.

The subject was taken into custody by other officers.

K9 Rony had served with the Houston Police Department for seven years and was credited with 250 apprehensions.

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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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