Fallen Heroes Friday (July 20, 2018)

HONORING:

Police Officer Michael Chesna
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Weymouth Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, July 15, 2018

Age: 42

Tour: 6 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Michael Chesna was shot and killed with his own service weapon after responding to reports of an erratic driver on Burton Terrace, behind South Shore Hospital, shortly after 7:30 am.

When he arrived at the scene he discovered that the vehicle had crashed and he found the driver vandalizing a home nearby. The man attacked Officer Chesna, striking him in the head with a large rock. The subject then disarmed him, shot him in the head and chest, and fled the scene.

The man fatally shot a woman in her home before being wounded by other responding officers and taken into custody. He was charged with two counts of homicide.

Officer Chesna had served with the Weymouth Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa
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Hawaii County Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa was shot and fatally wounded at approximately 9:30 pm as he and other officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop of a wanted subject on Highway 11, in the area of Kukui Camp Road, in Mountain View.

As officers approached the vehicle the wanted subject exited and opened fire with a handgun, striking Officer Bronson in the neck and leg. Other officers returned fire as the subject fled into a dense area of brush along the roadside.

Officer Kaliloa was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds shortly after midnight.

The subject remains at large.

Officer Kaliloa had served with the Hawaii County Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three young children.

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HONORING:

Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm
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Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Age: Not available

Tour: 16 years

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DETAILS:

Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm was beaten to death by an inmate at Minnesota Correction Facility – Stillwater at approximately 1:30 pm.

He was supervising inmates in the prison's industry building when he was attacked by one inmate with a hammer. Officer Gomm was transported to Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Gomm had served with the Minnesota Department of Corrections for 16 years.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Zachary J. Fazekas
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New Hyde Park Fire Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 14, 2018

Age: 19

Tour: Not available

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DETAILS:

While driving to an EMS training class, Firefighter Zachary Fazekas was involved in a single vehicle accident and ejected from his motorcycle. Fazekas was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

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HONORING:

Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney
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CAL FIRE, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 14, 2018

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

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DETAILS:

Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney was assigned to the Madera-Mariposa CAL FIRE unit, which has been fighting the 130-acre Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. On 7/14/2018, Firefighter/Equipment Operator Varney was working on a ridge to create a fire break. The bulldozer Varney was operating overturned and rolled down the ridge causing Varney to suffer fatal injuries. The wreckage was spotted by airplane on 07/15/2018 and crews reached the site and removed Varney’s body on 07/16/2018. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA.

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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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