Fallen Heroes (January 29, 2021)

HONORING:

Officer Byron Don Shields
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United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Age: 54

Tour: 18 years

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DETAILS:

Officer Byron Shields died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Officer Shields was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm and had served with the United States Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations for 18 years. He is survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters.

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:

Captain William Christopher Mertz
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Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Age: 54

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Captain William Christopher Mertz, while on-duty at the fire department, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from the virus.
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HONORING:

Captain Erik Segura
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Laredo Fire Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Age: 45

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Captain Erik Segura was part of the COVID-19 response team for the Laredo Fire Department. He contracted the virus while responding to an EMS call from a patient with a known case of the disease. He passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
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Disclaimer:
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).

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