Fallen Heroes (January 15, 2021)

HONORING:
Lieutenant William Lyle Gardner
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Denver City Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Age: 59
Tour: 33 years
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DETAILS:
Lieutenant William Gardner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while assisting EMS personnel on a medical call involving a COVID-19 positive patient in the 100 block of Rogers Circle.
Lieutenant Gardner had served with the Denver City Police Department for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:
Conservation Officer Steven Reighard
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Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa
End of Watch: Friday, January 8, 2021
Age: 59
Tour: 16 years
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DETAILS:
Conservation Officer Steve Reighard died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.
Officer Reighard had served with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for 16 years and was assigned to Dickinson County. He is survived by his wife and son.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:
Master Corporal Brian LaVigne
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 2021
Age: 54
Tour: 30 years
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DETAILS:
Master Corporal Brian LaVigne was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by another vehicle on West Lumsden Road, near South King's Avenue, in Brandon.
Deputies had responded to an apartment complex nearby after a man started throwing furniture and clothing off his balcony. A short time later, the man disrobed and started throwing food at neighbors. The man attacked responding deputies, striking one of them multiple times in the head. Attempts to stop the attack with electric control weapons failed. The subject broke free, got into a car, and drove through a closed gate.
The man intentionally drove across multiple lanes of traffic and struck Corporal LaVigne's patrol car on the driver's door at a high rate of speed. Deputies were unable to free Corporal LaVigne, and he had to be extricated by rescue units. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The subject was arrested following the collision.
Corporal LaVigne had served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for thirty years and was killed the day before his last scheduled shift before retirement. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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HONORING:
Agent Luis A. Marrero-Díaz
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Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 2021
Age: 43
Tour: 19 years
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DETAILS:
Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz and Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena, of the Carolina Municipal Police Department, were murdered while attempting to arrest a man who had just murdered Agent Luis Salamán-Conde, of the Carolina Municipal Police Department.

Agent Salamán-Conde had responded to a vehicle crash on Avenida Roberto Clemente. One of the drivers involved in the crash opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle, killing him. The man then carjacked another vehicle and fled onto the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway. Officers from the Carolina Municipal Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department pursued the vehicle along the expressway until it stopped near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

The subject opened fire again, fatally wounding Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz. As he attempted to flee in the car a second time he fatally struck Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena. He was able to flee into a nearby residential area where he remains at large.

Agent Marrero-Díaz had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 19 years.
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HONORING:
Agent Luis X. Salamán-Conde
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Carolina Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 2021
Age: Not available
Tour: 30 years
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DETAILS:
Agent Luis Salamán-Conde was shot and killed after responding to the scene of an accident on Avenida Roberto Clemente in Carolina.
Agent Salamán-Conde had responded to a vehicle crash on Avenida Roberto Clemente. One of the drivers involved in the crash opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle, killing him. The man then carjacked another vehicle and fled onto the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway. Officers from the Carolina Municipal Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department pursued the vehicle along the expressway until it stopped near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
The subject opened fire again, fatally wounding Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz of the Puerto Rico Police Department. As he attempted to flee in the car a second time he fatally struck Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena. He was able to flee into a nearby residential area where he remains at large.
Agent Salamán-Conde had served with the Carolina Municipal Police Department for 30 years.
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HONORING:
Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena
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Carolina Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 2021
Age: Not available
Tour: Not available
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DETAILS:
Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena and Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz, of the Puerto Rico Police Department, were murdered while attempting to arrest a man who had just murdered Agent Luis Salamán-Conde, of the Carolina Municipal Police Department.
Agent Salamán-Conde had responded to a vehicle crash on Avenida Roberto Clemente. One of the drivers involved in the crash opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle, killing him. The man then carjacked another vehicle and fled onto the Baldorioty de Castro Expressway. Officers from the Carolina Municipal Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department pursued the vehicle along the expressway until it stopped near the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
The subject opened fire again, fatally wounding Agent Luis Marrero-Díaz. As he attempted to flee in the car a second time he fatally struck Agent Eliezer Hernández-Cartagena. He was able to flee into a nearby residential area where he remains at large.
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HONORING:
Police Officer Melton "Fox" Gore
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Horry County Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age: 57
Tour: 23 years
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DETAILS:
Police Officer Melton Gore was struck and killed by a vehicle while clearing debris from the roadway near the interchange of Highway 22 and Highway 31.
Officer Gore had served with the Horry County Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the Environmental Services Unit.
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HONORING:
Sergeant Frederick "Butch" Cameron
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Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, Virginia
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age: 51
Tour: Not available
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DETAILS:
Sergeant Butch Cameron died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Fairfax County Judicial Center.
Sergeant Cameron served as a National Trustee for Law Enforcement United and extremely devoted to the organization's mission of supporting the Officer Down Memorial Page, Concerns of Police Survivors, and Spirit of Blue.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
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HONORING:
Master Police Officer Christine Peters
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Greenbelt Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Age: 49
Tour: 22 years
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DETAILS:
Master Police Officer Christine Peters succumbed to injuries sustained 12 days earlier when she was struck by a vehicle on Edmonston Road, north of Cherrywood Lane, while assisting officers from the United States Park Police at the scene of a crash at about 10:00 pm.
Another vehicle struck Officer Peters while she was outside of her vehicle. She was flown to a local hospital where she remained until succumbing to her injuries.
Officer Peters had served with the Greenbelt Police Department for 22 years and had previously served with the University of Maryland Police Department.
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HONORING:
Chief Danny Watkins
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San Benito Fire Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Age: 67
Tour: Not Available
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DETAILS:
Chief Danny Watkins contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
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HONORING:
Captain Lloyd Losinger
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Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Age: 60
Tour: Not Available
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DETAILS:
Captain Lloyd Losinger, while performing fire inspections, contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
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HONORING:
Firefighter Leonard L. Coney
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Shreveport Fire Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Age: 41
Tour: Not Available
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DETAILS:
Firefighter Leonard L. Coney treated and transported a COVID-19 patient on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and another COVID-19 patient on Friday, December 25, 2020. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
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HONORING:
Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp
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Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Age: 52
Tour: Not Available
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DETAILS:
Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp transported at least two patients to hospitals, who had tested positive for COVID-19. He also evaluated a patient on-scene that possibly had the virus. He subsequently contracted the disease and passed away on January 5, 2021.
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May you be at rest.

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