Fallen Heroes (June 21, 2019)

HONORING:

Police Officer Steven James Brown
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Port St. Lucie Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Age: 40

Tour: 14 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Steven Brown suffered a fatal heart attack after completing a third day of leading the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League's Police Camp.

He was one of the camp leaders as part of his summertime duties as a school resource officer. The camp involved three days of strenuous outdoor activities including an obstacle course at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Officer Brown collapsed after returning home at the end of his shift on June 12th.

Officer Brown had served with the Port St. Lucie Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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HONORING:

Trooper William Moden
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Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, June 14, 2019

Age: 37

Tour: 12 years

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DETAILS:

Trooper William Moden was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of an earlier crash on I-70 near mile marker 324 in Deer Trail, Colorado.

He was checking on the occupants of one of the involved vehicles when another car struck him at approximately 9:40 pm. Another trooper on the scene immediately began providing medical care. Trooper Moden was flown to the University of Colorado Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Moden had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 12 years.
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HONORING:

Patrol Officer John David Hetland
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Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, June 17, 2019

Age: 49

Tour: 24 years

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DETAILS:

Patrol Officer John Hetland was shot and killed while intervening in an armed robbery while off duty at 9:40 pm.

He observed the robbery occurring outside of a bar at 1936 Lathrop Avenue and took immediate action to intervene. The subject opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. The subject fled the scene and remains at large.

Officer Hetland had served with the Racine Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by his two children and parents.
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HONORING:

Police Officer Tara Christina O'Sullivan
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Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Age: 26

Tour: 6 months

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan was shot and killed at the scene of a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue at 6:10 pm.

She was standing in the yard while assisting a woman to retrieve belongings from a home when a male subject inside opened fire with a rifle, striking Officer O'Sullivan. The subject continued to fire at other officers, preventing them from reaching Officer O'Sullivan or rendering aid to her. Approximately 30 minutes later an armored vehicle arrived, and they were able to rescue her from the yard. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.

The subject remained barricaded inside the home for several more hours while negotiators communicated with him. He surrendered at 2:00 am the following morning.

Officer O'Sullivan had served with the Sacramento Police Department for six months and previously served as a Community Service Officer.
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HONORING:

Trooper Jerry L. Smith
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Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska

End of Watch: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Age: 51

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Trooper Jerry Smith was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle on Highway 26, two miles west of Bridgeport, in Morrill County.

An oncoming pickup truck crossed the center line after swerving to avoid another car that had stopped to make a left turn. The driver of the pickup truck was also killed in the crash.

Trooper Smith was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Bronze Star recipient. He had served with the Nebraska State Patrol for five years and is believed to be the oldest recruit to complete the academy. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
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HONORING:

Firefighter/Paramedic, Jared Wayne Echols
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Springville Fire & Rescue, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, June 17, 2019

Age: 53

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Wayne Echols was participating in a recruit training exercise in Anniston, AL. While at the training, he became ill and was immediately transported to the RMC Hospital in Anniston, where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues. Firefighter/Paramedic Echols was also an active member of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Springville, AL.
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HONORING:

Acting Captain, Todd Lanthrip
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Mathiston Volunteer Fire Departmen, Mississippi

End of Watch: Thursday, June 13, 2019

Age: 53

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Captain Lanthrip responded to an automobile accident on the evening of June 12, 2019. He returned home after the response. At approximately 0130hrs the morning of June 13, 2019, he became unresponsive. Attempts by his wife and first responders were unsuccessful and he passed away.
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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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