Fallen Heroes (July 12, 2019)

HONORING:

Conservation Officer Shannon "Opie" Barron
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Red Lake Nation Conservation Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch: Sunday, July 7, 2019

Age: 48

Tour: 19 years

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DETAILS:

Conservation Officer Opie Barron suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating an illegal harvesting call off of Highway 89 north of Red Lake.

He and other officers had just cleared from the call when he radioed dispatch requesting EMS for himself. The other officers returned and immediately began performing life-saving measures. He was transported to Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Barron had served with the Red Lake Nation Conservation Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and aunt who raised him.
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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Dixon
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Hall County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, July 7, 2019

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Dixon was shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle at approximately 11:15 pm.

The vehicle was believed to have been connected to several burglaries and car break-ins over the previous days. A vehicle pursuit started when deputies attempted to stop it. Multiple suspects then fled on foot after the car crashed. Deputy Dixon pursued one of the suspects and exchanged shots with him in the 600 block of Highland Avenue.

Deputy Dixon was fatally shot during the exchange and the suspect was seriously wounded. A second suspect was apprehended approximately eight hours later while additional suspects remain at large. One of the men who was taken into custody was charged with murder.

Deputy Dixon had served with the Hall County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Omar Diaz
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Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, July 6, 2019

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Omar Diaz died after collapsing at the scene of a stabbing call in the 7500 block of Stone Pine Lane.

He and other deputies had responded to the scene where a woman had been stabbed several times. Deputy Diaz was securing the crime scene with police line tape when he collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later.

Deputy Diaz had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.
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HONORING:

K9 Cas
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Whitley County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Age: Unknown

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

K9 Cas was killed when her handler's patrol car was struck by a fleeing vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 450.

Her handler had stopped at the intersection to deploy spike strips while assisting with a vehicle pursuit that had started following an armed carjacking in Kosciusko County. The pursuit involved multiple agencies as it entered Whitley County.

The patrol car was struck after the fleeing vehicle swerved to avoid the spike strips that K9 Cas' handler had deployed. The Dodge Charger patrol car was broadsided on the passenger side and then burst into flames. Her handler and other officers were unable to free K9 Cas due to the heat and flames.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle was taken into custody.
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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).

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