Fallen Heroes (January 25, 2019)

HONORING:

Police Officer Dale Woods
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Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 2019

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Trooper Christopher Lambert was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating the scene of a prior crash on I-294 near Willow Road in Northbrook.

He was en route home when he encountered the three-vehicle crash on the left shoulder and stopped to render aid. He was standing outside of his vehicle when he was struck by another vehicle that failed to slow down or move over.

A nurse who was on the scene performed CPR until rescue personnel arrived. He was transported to Glenbrook Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Trooper Lambert was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Illinois State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife, 1-year-old daughter, and parents.

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HONORING:

Sergeant Wytasha Carter
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Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Age: 44

Tour: 17 years

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DETAILS:

Sergeant Wytasha Carter was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest two men who were breaking into vehicles at a bar in 900 block of Fifth Avenue North just before 2:00 am.

They were in the area on a special detail as the result of a recent rash of vehicle break-ins. A plainclothes officer spotted two subjects pulling on door handles of various cars and notified Sergeant Carter, who was in uniform and responded to the parking lot. The officer and Sergeant Carter stopped the two subjects and began to pat them down for weapons.

One of the men suddenly produced a handgun and shot officers, fatally wounding Sergeant Carter and critically wounding the plainclothes officers.

One of the subjects was wounded by return gunfire before both men were taken into custody.

Sergeant Carter was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Birmingham Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Leeds Police Department, and Fairfield Police Department for an additional nine years. He is survived by his wife and children.

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HONORING:

Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman Merkel
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United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Age: 45

Tour: 21 years

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DETAILS:

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his agency's wellness program inside the United States Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A court security officer performed CPR after he was located but was unable to revive him.

Deputy Marshal Merkel was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the United States Marshals Service for 18 years and was the commander of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. He had previously served with the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, North Dakota, for three years. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Ray Horn
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Comal County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Age: 44

Tour: 11 years, 6 months

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Ray Horn suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after participating in his agency's mandatory physical fitness testing.

He had completed the testing and left the facility when he suffered the heart attack while driving his patrol car near the intersection of FM 3009 and Dimrock, in Schertz, at 5:15 pm. His patrol car then collided with two other vehicles at the intersection. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Horn had served with the Comal County Sheriff's Office for 11-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Sean Tuder
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Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, January 20, 2019

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Sean Tuder was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant at an apartment complex at 1545 Leroy Steven Road at 3:00 pm.

The wanted subject had local and federal warrants for several charges. During the previous week, he had faked his own abduction in order to avoid reporting to jail.

Shots were fired as officers attempted to take the man into custody and Officer Tuder was fatally wounded. The subject was taken into custody at the scene.

Officer Tuder had served with the Mobile Police Department for three years. He had previously been recognized as Officer of the Month.

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HONORING:

K9 Haas
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Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Age: 3

Tour: 2 years

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DETAILS:

K9 Haas was shot and killed during a barricade of a domestic violence suspect in the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway.

The subject barricaded himself inside of the home as officers arrived at the scene of the initial call. Negotiators spoke to the man for about an hour before he opened fire, killing K9 Haas and wounding an officer. Other officers returned fire and the suspect was found dead inside the home a short time later.

K9 Haas had served with the Duluth Police Department for two years and was certified in narcotics detection and patrol.

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May you be at rest.

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