Fallen Heroes Friday (September 28, 2018)

HONORING:

Chief of Police Frank A. McClelland, Jr.
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Ludowici Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Age: 69

Tour: Unavailable

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DETAILS:

Chief of Police Frank McClelland was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by other officers shortly after 7:00 pm.

The pursuit had started in Liberty County and continued through Hinesville and into Long County on Highway 84 at speeds topping 100 mph. Chief McClelland was attempting to stop traffic at the intersection of Highway 84 and McDonald Street when the vehicle struck him. The vehicle then left the roadway and fatally struck a motorcyclist at an adjacent gas station before coming to rest.

The fleeing subject was taken into custody at the scene. He was charged with two counts of murder, vehicular homicide, and DUI.

Chief of Police McCllelland was a U.S Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war.

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HONORING:

Corrections Officer Armando Gallegos
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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Friday, September 14, 2018

Age: 56

Tour: 13 years

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DETAILS:

Corrections Officer Armando Gallegos succumbed to injuries sustained at approximately 3:30 pm on April 21st, 2018 when he was attacked by multiple inmates at the Kern Valley State Prison.

He and another officer were attempting to search an inmate in the dayroom of the prison's Minimum-Support Facility. The inmate attacked Officer Gallegos and was then joined by 11 other inmates who continued to severely beat him and the other officer.

The inmates continued to assault him after responding officers intervened with physical force and pepper spray. All of the inmates were eventually subdued. Officer Gallegos was transported to a local hospital suffering from a broken nose, head injuries, and fractured vertebrae. He eventually released from the hospital to recover at home. He suffered a complication on September 14th, 2018, and suddenly collapsed. He was returned to the hospital where he passed away.

CDCR investigators recommended attempted homicide charges on seven of the inmates following the assault.

Officer Gallegos was a U.S Navy veteran and had served with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 13 years.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Mark V. Stasyuk
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Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, September 17, 2018

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Mark Stasyuk was shot and killed at approximately 1:50 pm as he and another a deputy responded to a disturbance call at an auto parts store at 10899 Folsom Boulevard.

A male subject opened fire on them without warning as they arrived on the scene, fatally wounding Deputy Stasyuk and wounding the other officers. Other responding deputies shot and wounded the suspect as he fled on foot. The man was then taken into custody.

Deputy Stasyuk had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 4-1/2 years.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kenneth Kunze, III
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Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Age: 41

Tour: 18 years

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Robert Kunze was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person call in a rural area near the intersection of North 295th Street West and West 21st Street North.

He arrived at the scene and made contact with a male subject in a stolen vehicle. During the encounter he and the subject exchanged shots and both were fatally shot. Deputy Kunze's backup officer arrived at the scene and located Deputy Kunze suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputy Kunze had served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and had previously served with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and child.

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HONORING:

Corporal Garrett Willis Hull
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Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, September 14, 2018

Age: 40

Tour: 17 years

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DETAILS:

Corporal Garrett Hull succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night as he and other members of the Criminal Intelligence Unit attempted to apprehend three armed robbery suspects.

The officers had been conducting surveillance of the three suspects, who had been involved in more than 15 armed robberies in which three people were shot. The suspects entered a bar on the 400 block of West Biddison Street shortly before midnight and robbed the 10 patrons at gunpoint. As they fled from the building the officers attempted to take them into custody.

All three suspects attempted to flee on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. During the foot pursuit, one of the men opened fire, striking Corporal Hull in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject before placing Corporal Hull in a patrol car and transporting him to a hospital.

The other two suspects were apprehended nearby.

Corporal Hull succumbed to his wounds the following evening.

Corporal Hull had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Oscar Adrian Reyes
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Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Age: 43

Tour: 13 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Oscar Reyes suffered a fatal heart attack after participating in the Orange County Traffic Officers Association Motor Rodeo at Huntington State Beach.

He had participated in several difficult training and skills competitions during the event and collapsed after returning home. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Reyes had served with the Costa Mesa Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Cox
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Real County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Age: 57

Tour: 8 years

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Mark Cox suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting canine training in Liberty Hill, Texas, at 10:00 am.

Deputy Cox was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Real County Sheriff's Office for three years and had previously served with the Edwards County Sheriff's Office for five years. He had also previously served with a law enforcement agency in Florida. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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HONORING:

Corrections Officer Joseph Parise
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Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota

End of Watch: Monday, September 24, 2018

Age: 37

Tour: 4 years

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DETAILS:

Corrections Officer Joseph Parise suffered a suspected heart attack after responding to an incident in which an inmate assaulted another officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights.

The inmate injured two additional officers before being subdued at about noon. Officer Parise returned to his post after the incident but collapsed a short time later. He was transported to Regions Hospital where he passed away.

Officer Parise had served with the Minnesota Department of Corrections for four years.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Robert James Phillips II
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Memphis Fire Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Age: 62

Tour: Unavailable

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DETAILS:

On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

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May you be at rest.

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