Fallen Heroes Friday (May 4, 2018)

Posted in No tags | May 4, 2018

HONORING:

Police Officer Jesus "Chuy" Cordova
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Nogales Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, April 27, 2018

AGE: 44

TOUR: 11 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Jesus Cordova was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a carjacking suspect in the 2900 block of North Grand Avenue at approximately 2:45 pm.

The subject had carjacked a vehicle in Patagonia and fled from Santa Cruz County deputies into Nogales, where he attempted to carjack another vehicle. Nogales officers had responded to the attempted carjacking and located the suspect inside of a car. As officers attempted a traffic stop, the man exited the vehicle and opened fire on Officer Cordova, who was still in his vehicle. Officer Cordova was struck multiple times.

Officer Cordova was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The man then fled the scene and carjacked a third vehicle. He was located a short time later and taken into custody.

Officer Cordova had served with the Nogales Police Department for one year and had previously served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He is survived by his three children and expectant fiancee.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Charles Whites
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Round Rock Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, April 27, 2018

AGE: 63

TOUR: 19 years
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DETAILS:

Police Officer Charles Whites succumbed to injuries sustained on February 25th, 2018, while directing traffic around the scene of fatal accident on I-35 near Round Rock Avenue.

A vehicle being operated by a drunk driver struck him, causing him to suffer severe injuries. Officer Whites was transported to a local hospital where he remained in grave condition until succumbing to his injuries on April 27th, 2018.

The driver who struck him was initially charged with intoxication assault.

Officer Whites had served with the Round Rock Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and stepson.

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HONORING:

Master Deputy James Lester Kirk, Jr.
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Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, April 24, 2018

AGE: 57

TOUR: 28 years
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DETAILS:

Master Deputy James Kirk suffered a heart attack during a combat firearms training at the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office range on Reservoir Road.

He had just completed the course, which involved a simulated officer down event in which he had to engage targets while moving a 125-pound sandbag to a cover. He collapsed as he walked back to the staging area.

Deputy Kirk had served with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office for three years after having retired from the Lancaster Police Department with 25 years of service. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Jeffrey Holt
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Lawrence Fire Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, April 30, 2018

AGE: 60

TOUR: 22 years
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DETAILS:

Firefighter Jeffrey Holt collapsed from an apparent heart attack just after passing an annual physical assessment at Lawrence Fire Department Station 38. According to reports, medics were present and immediately provided aid. Firefighter Holt was then transported to the Indiana Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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HONORING:

First Captain Michael Godzak
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Rostraver Township Volunteer Fire Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, April 29, 2018

AGE: 59

TOUR: 48 years
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DETAILS:

While operating a fire engine as it returned to the station from a fire call, First Captain Michael Godzak died from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

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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).