Fallen Heroes (June 14, 2019)

HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Julius Jamal "Jay" Dailey
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Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Age: 29

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Jay Dailey was killed in a vehicle crash while responding a burglary in progress at 11:58 pm.

His patrol car left the roadway on a curve in the 1100 block of Highway 41 and overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. He was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

Deputy Dailey had served with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for only four months. He had previously served with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Thomasville Police Department. He is survived by his daughter.

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HONORING:

Sergeant David Jones Fitzpatrick
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The Colony Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 10, 2019

Age: 59

Tour: 34 years, 9 months

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DETAILS:

Sergeant David Fitzpatrick suffered a fatal heart attack after participating in the department's wellness program on June 7th, 2019.

He collapsed after returning to his office after working out. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away on June 10th, 2019, without having regained consciousness.

Sergeant Fitzpatrick was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with The Colony Police Department for over 34 years. He is survived by his wife.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Esmeralda Ramirez
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Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, June 9, 2019

Age: 49

Tour: 11 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Esmeralda Ramirez succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash in 2015.

She passed away after experiencing complications as a result of required surgery related to her injuries.

Officer Ramirez had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Pacific Division. She is survived by her three adult children.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Albert J. Castaneda
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Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, June 7, 2019

Age: 38

Tour: 11 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer AJ Castaneda was struck and killed by a vehicle while running radar on the President George Bush Turnpike, near Dickey Road, at 10:30 am.

A 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and struck Officer Castaneda, throwing him off the elevated roadway. Officer Castaneda was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Castaneda was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He had served with the Grand Prairie Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by two children.

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HONORING:

Police Officer William J. Leahy
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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Age: 49

Tour: 27 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer William Leahy died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Officer Leahy had served with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for 27 years and was assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport. He is survived by his parents.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

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HONORING:

Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Moore
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Maryland Heights Fire Protection District, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Age: 42

Tour: 17 years

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DETAILS:

Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Moore was on duty at the fire station on Thursday, June 6, 2019, and Friday, June 7, 2019. He responded to several fire and EMS calls during his 48 hour shift. He complained of not feeling well in the late morning of Friday, June 7, 2019, and was relieved of duty to go home and rest. He stated that he was going to follow-up with his personal physician. He was found deceased Saturday morning, June 8, 2019, at his residence. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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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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