Fallen Heroes Friday (May 25, 2018)

HONORING:

Police Officer Thomas Coulter
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Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 2018

AGE: 25

TOUR: 1 week
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Thomas Coulter suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting physical training in front of the Daytona Beach Police Department headquarters, on Valor Boulevard, on May 18th, 2018.

He was participating in a team job with other newly hired police officers when he began to feel ill and collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital where his condition worsened. He passed away on May 21st, 2018.

Officer Coulter had served with the Daytona Beach Police Department for one week. He is survived by his wife.

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HONORING:

Sergeant Kent Swanson
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Shelley Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 2018

AGE: 47

TOUR: 16 years
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DETAILS:

Sergeant Kent Swanson suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a disturbance call at approximately 10:30 pm.

Another officer on scene performed CPR until he was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Swanson had served with the Shelley Police Department for 16 years.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Ayrian Williams
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Monroe Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 2018

AGE: 26

TOUR: 6 months
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Ayrian Williams was killed in a vehicle crash while responding to assist another police officer at approximately 6:45 pm.

She was traveling on the 1700 block of South 8th Street when another car pulled out in front of her. She attempted to avoid striking the car, but her patrol car entered a culvert and then went airborne, colliding with a tree. She was transported to St. Francis Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officer Williams had served with the Monroe Police Department for six months. She is survived by her mother and brother.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Amy Caprio
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Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 2018

AGE: 29

TOUR: 3 years, 8 months
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Amy Caprio was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a juvenile burglary suspect in front of 7 Linwen Way in the Perry Hall area of Baltimore County.

She had responded to calls about a burglary in progress in the neighborhood at approximately 2:00 pm and was given a description of a black Jeep Wrangler. As she arrived in the area she located the vehicle, which had previously been stolen, and followed it to the dead-end of the cul-de-sac where she challenged the driver to exit the vehicle. The juvenile driver opened the door and then accelerated towards Officer Caprio, fatally striking her.

A volunteer firefighter who lived nearby immediately performed CPR until Officer Caprio was transported to Franklin Square Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The vehicle's driver abandoned the vehicle nearby and was taken into custody a short time later and charged as an adult with first-degree murder. The three other juveniles involved in the burglary were also apprehended and charged as adults with Officer Carpio's murder.

Officer Caprio is survived by her husband, parents, and sister.

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HONORING:

Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard
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North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 2018

AGE: 24

TOUR: 3 years
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DETAILS:

Trooper Samuel Bullard was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a pursuit on I-77, near mile marker 82 in Yadkin County, at approximately 11:00 pm.

He and another trooper were conducting a drivers license checkpoint when a black BMW sped through and refused to stop. The troopers pursued the vehicle onto I-77. When the lead trooper no longer saw Trooper Bullard behind him, and could not raise him on the radio, he broke off the pursuit and turned around. Trooper Bullard's vehicle was located at mile marker 82 at a bridge abutment fully engulfed in flames.

The vehicle that was being pursued was later found abandoned. The driver was identified, arrested, and charged with murder, felony eluding, and driving on a revoked license.

Trooper Bullard had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for three years and was assigned to Surry County.

He is survived by his fiancee, parents, brother, sister, grandparents, and extended family.

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HONORING:

K9 Tuco
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Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Breed: Germain Shepherd

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DETAILS:

K9 Tuco drowned after his handler's patrol car crashed into a flooded ravine on Highway 29 while responding to a water rescue at approximately 4:00 am.

The patrol car hydroplaned and rolled over into the water. Another deputy following behind the patrol car was able to rescue Tuco's handler from the vehicle, which was submerged under water. The two deputies both tried to rescue Tuco but were unable to remove him from the vehicle.

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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).