Sergeant Michael Stephen
Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Tour: 20 years
Sergeant Mike Stephen was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident at a home in the area of 2020 Flag Road at about 9:00 am.
He was speaking to a female in the front yard when another subject opened fire, striking Sergeant Stephen and the woman. The subject who shot Sergeant Stephen was found dead by responding deputies.
Sergeant Stephen was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Stone County Sheriff's Office for 20 years and also served as chief of the Pineville Fire Department.
Lieutenant Neil B. Cope
North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, July 16, 2019
The North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 0132hrs to assist on a mutual aid residential fire. Lieutenant Cope was part of the engine crew assigned to staging in full PPE and SCBA with masks doffed. After approximately 45 minutes the crew was released by command and cleared the scene. After returning to his residence, Lieutenant Cope spoke to his wife at 0730hrs via phone. His wife then attempted to call him multiple times during the day without success. At approximately 1600hrs his wife came home and found him not breathing and cold to the touch on the floor of the bedroom. EMS was called and Lieutenant Cope was pronounced deceased at home. The cause and nature of death are under investigation.
May you be at rest.
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