Fallen Heroes Friday (May 11, 2018)

HONORING:

Police Officer Robert Shawn Pitts
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Terre Haute Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, May 4, 2018

AGE: 45

TOUR: 16 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed while conducting a homicide investigation at the Garder Quarter Apartments on Linwood Court.

Investigators were following up on leads from a homicide that occurred earlier in the day. As Officer Pitts and other detectives approached the homicide suspect's apartment they man opened fire on them, fatally wounding Officer Pitts. Officer Pitts was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him was located deceased inside of his apartment after barricading himself inside.

Officer Pitts had served with the Terre Haute Police Department for 16 years.

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HONORING:

Agent Joel Alexis Pantojas-Fuente
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San Juan Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Friday, May 6, 2018

AGE: 41

TOUR: 18 years
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DETAILS:

Agent Joel Pantojas-Fuente was struck and killed by a vehicle at approximately 7:05 am while assisting a disabled motorist on the Luis A. Ferre Expressway (PR-52), near the San Juan-Caguas city limits.

He was en route home at the end of his shift when he encountered the vehicle in the left lane on the highway. He activated the emergency equipment on his department motorcycle and was attempting to push the vehicle onto the shoulder of the highway. Another vehicle entered the area, struck his motorcycle, then struck him as he pushed the vehicle. The collision caused him to become pinned under the vehicle. Agent Pantojas-Fuente died at the scene.

The driver who struck him passed sobriety tests.

Agent Pantojas-Fuente had served with the San Juan Municipal Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons. His wife also serves as a San Juan police officer.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff William J. Gentry, Jr.
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Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, May 7, 2018

AGE: 40

TOUR: 9 years
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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff William Gentry succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while responding to an animal abuse call at a home in the 200 block of Baltimore Way in which a homeowner's cat had been fatally shot with a pellet gun.

He and a deputy he was training had responded to the victim's home. During the investigation Deputy Gentry went to the suspect's home, a convicted felon who lived next door, to make contact with him. As he stood at the front door the suspect opened fire on him, shooting him in the head.

The subject was taken into custody at the scene and charged with numerous counts.

Deputy Gentry was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following day.

Deputy Gentry had served with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He is survived by a brother, who also serves with the agency.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Alex Sable
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York City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 2018

AGE: 37

TOUR: 4 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Alex Sable died after suffering a heart attack during a SWAT training exercise at Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Campus in Dundalk, Maryland, on May 6th, 2018.

He was participating in a SWAT school hosted by the Baltimore County Police Department. The participants were conducting a water rescue training exercise in a campus pool. As Officer Sable exited the pool at the end of the exercise he suffered cardiac arrest. On-site medics and firefighters immediately performed CPR. He was transported to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained until passing away on May 9th, 2018.

Officer Sable served with the York City Police Department for four years and was a U.S Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the York County Quick Response Team and is survived by his wife and three children.

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HONORING:

Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale
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Texas Juvenile Justice Department - Office of Inspector General, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 2018

AGE: 46

TOUR: 16 years
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DETAILS:

Deputy Inspector General Richard Hale was killed in a vehicle crash on FM 51, north of Decatur, Texas.

He was returning to Gainesville, Texas, following a meeting with state prosecutors in Decatur. His department vehicle collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Deputy Inspector General Hale had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He had served with the Decatur Police Department before joining the Texas Juvenile Justice Department - Office of Inspector General. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

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HONORING:

Captain Thelonious “Theo” Adams
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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Nevada

End of Watch: Friday, May 1, 2018

AGE: 54

TOUR: Unknown
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DETAILS:

Captain Thelonious “Theo” Adams succumbed to injuries sustained as a passenger in a fire apparatus rollover in October of 2003. Adams was paralyzed from the neck down in the crash that occurred while the apparatus was responding to a false alarm call on Halloween night.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Mark A Graziano
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City of Hudson Department of Fire Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, May 9, 2018

AGE: 47

TOUR: Unknown
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DETAILS:

Firefighter Mark A. Graziano was found unresponsive at his residence after responding to two emergency calls during the preceding 24 hour period. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.

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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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