Fallen Heroes Friday (July 13, 2018)

HONORING:

Police Officer Richard Lopez
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New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Age: 52

Tour: 20 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Richard Lopez died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Officer Lopez was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and brother.

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:

Police Officer Mathew Mazany
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Mentor Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Age: 41

Tour: 14 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Mathew Mazany was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while assisting another officer during a traffic stop on Route 2, near Route 306, at approximately 1:00 am.

The vehicle that had been stopped contained a subject wanted in another jurisdiction. As the officers began to approach the car to take the person into custody another vehicle entered the area and struck Officer Mazany. The vehicle fled the scene after striking Officer Mazany but was located several hours later and the driver was taken into custody.

Officer Mazany had served with the Mentor Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his son, father, and brother.

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HONORING:

Special Agent Jeremy Timothy Ensley
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United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Age: Unknown

Tour: 9 years

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DETAILS:

Special Agent Tim Ensley died after contracting Dengue fever while on a temporary duty assignment to Indonesia in May 2018.

He was medically evacuated to Singapore where his condition continued to worsen. He passed away as a result of complications on June 24th, 2018.

Special Agent Ensley had served with HSI for nine years and was assigned to the Seattle Field Office's Child Exploitation Investigations. He is survived by his wife, four children, and mother.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Vu Nguyen
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Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2018

Age: 50

Tour: 25 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Vu Nguyen passed away four days after collapsing during a 1.5-mile timed run that was part of the agency's canine handler eligibility process.

He and other candidates were participating in the physical fitness portion of the process in 90+ degree heat when he collapsed during the run on July 2nd, 2018. He was transported to MetroHealth where his condition continued to worsen. He was flown to Cleveland Clinic where he passed away on July 6th, 2018.

Officer Nguyen had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for over 20 years and had previously served with the Cleveland Division of Corrections for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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HONORING:

Lieutenant Michael F. Cherubini
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Hague Volunteer Fire Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Age: 71

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

While riding as a passenger in a brush truck, at a parade in a nearby town, Lieutenant Cherubini became ill. His wife, who is also a member of the department and was the driver of the brush truck, immediately drove home. He was helped inside of his house by his wife and collapsed soon after. The nature and cause of the medical emergency has yet to be determined.

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HONORING:

Captain Cory Barr
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Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Age: 34

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Captain Cory Barr responded with crews to a report of a natural gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After the firefighters, along with law enforcement, arrived on scene to investigate the source of the leak and evacuate the area, there was an explosion that leveled multiple buildings. Captain Barr suffered injuries after being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of the explosion and was transported by Sun Prairie EMS to UW Madison where he later passed away. A second firefighter was also injured in the explosion and is in critical, but stable, condition. A third firefighter with a minor injury was also admitted to a hospital. Three additional firefighters, one police officer, and seven civilians also suffered minor injuries.

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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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