Fallen Heroes Friday (January 4, 2019)

HONORING:

Detective Deidre Irene Mengedoht
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Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 2018

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

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DETAILS:

Detective Deidre Mengedoht was killed when her patrol car was struck by an impaired driver while conducting a traffic stop on I-64, between 4th Street and 6th Street, in downtown Louisville just after 2:00 pm.

Her vehicle was stopped in the right lane with its emergency equipment activated when it was struck from behind by a Metropolitan Sewer District tractor-trailer. The patrol car was pushed into the vehicle she had stopped and became engulfed in flames with Detective Mengedoht trapped inside.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with driving under the influence and murder of a law enforcement officer.

Detective Mengedoght had served with the Louisville Metro Police Department for seven years. She is survived by a young son.

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HONORING:

Corporal Ronil Singh
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Newman Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Age: 33

Tour: 12 years

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DETAILS:

Corporal Ronil Singh was shot and killed while conducting a vehicle stop at the intersection of Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue shortly before 1:00 am.

Approximately three minutes after initiating the stop he radioed dispatch that shots had been fired. Responding officers found Corporal Singh at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject he stopped, an illegal immigrant with a gang affiliation, fled the scene. He was arrested in Bakersfield, California two days later while attempting to flee back to Mexico.

Corporal Singh had served with the Newman Police Department for seven years. He had previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office and the Turlock Police Department.

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HONORING:

Police Officer II Michael Wayne Smith
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Henry County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, December 28, 2018

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Michael Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on December 6th, 2018, while struggling with a suspect at a dentist's office at 378 Jonesboro Road in McDonough.

The office staff had called police after the man entered the business and started to create a disturbance. Upon Officer Smith's arrival, the man became combative resulting in Officer Smith deploying his Taser. The Taser was ineffective and the man began to struggle with Officer Smith while attempting to disarm him of his service weapon. As Officer Smith struggled to retain control of his weapon it discharged a single round, killing the man and striking Officer Smith in the face.

Officer Smith was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was later transferred to Piedmont Hospital for rehabilitation but suffered complications and died on December 28th, 2018.

Officer Smith had served with the Henry County Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son.

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HONORING:

K9 Cigo
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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 2018

Age: 3

Tour: Not Available

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DETAILS:

K9 Cigo was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of an attempted-murder suspect at the Wellington Green Mall at 10300 Forest Hill Avenue.

Investigators received information that two Latin King gang members who were wanted for attempted murder were meeting someone at the mall. The agency's tactical team deployed to the area and waited for the two suspects to exit the mall into the parking lot.

As the team attempted to an apprehension one of the suspect's opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, killing K9 Cigo. Deputies returned fire and wounded the suspect. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.

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HONORING:

EMS EMT Robert Kohler
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Manchester, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Age: Uknown

Tour: 26 years

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DETAILS:

MANCHESTER, Pa. — A veteran EMT died Christmas morning while on duty.

York Daily Record reported that Northeastern Area EMS EMT Robert Kohler was working at the station when he suffered a medical event, according to a statement from the agency.

Kohler was immediately treated by his colleagues before being transported to the hospital.

Hospital staff members worked on Kohler for three hours before he was pronounced dead.

NAEMS said in a Facebook post that Kohler began his first responder career in the fire service in 1992 before becoming an EMR, and then an EMT, in 1999.

“He celebrated his 25th year of EMS Service in 2017 and was recognized at the state level for that accomplishment,” the post said.

Kohler was also honored with the EMT of the Year award by Governor Tom Wolf earlier this year.

“EMT Kohler dedicated his life to serving his community and was known as a kind, caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable man,” the agency’s Facebook post added. “EMT Kohler will be greatly missed.”

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HONORING:

EMT Felipe Huerte Jr.
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Edinburg, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, December 22, 2018

Age: 32

Tour: Not Available

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DETAILS:

EDINBURG, Texas — An EMT and a patient were killed and another EMS provider was injured after a suspected drunk driver crashed head-on into an ambulance.

The Monitor reported that Hidalgo County EMS EMT Felipe Huerta Jr., 32, and patient Delia Cortines, 68, were killed when an unnamed driver backed out of a parking lot at high speed and struck another vehicle, resulting in his truck being pushed into oncoming traffic, striking the ambulance.

EMS provider Andrea Rodriguez, 24, was transported to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The driver was arrested and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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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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