Fallen Heroes (March 15, 2019)

HONORING:

Corporal Daniel H. Groves
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Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Age: 52

Tour: 12 years

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DETAILS:

Corporal Daniel Groves was struck and killed by a vehicle on I-76, near mile marker 47 west of Roggen, during a blizzard.

He was assisting a driver who had slid off the road when another vehicle traveling too fast for conditions also slid off the road and struck him at 11:20 am. Corporal Groves was transported to Platte Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Corporal Groves had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 12 years.

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HONORING:

Police Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg
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Midland Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Nathan Heidelberg was shot and killed while responding a burglary alarm at a residence at 3306 Eagle Cove in Midland.

Officer Heidelberg, a probationary officer he was training, and two other officers had responded to the alarm call at 2:30 am. They were at the open front door making loud announcements identifying themselves when the homeowner opened fire toward the flashlight Officer Heidelberg was holding. Officer Heidelberg was struck by a round above his vest.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds at 8:30 am.

The homeowner who shot him was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Officer Heidelberg had served with the Midland Police Department for five years.

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HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Howard Keltner
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McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Age: 35

Tour: 13 years

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DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner was shot and killed as he and other members of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve an arrest warrant in Rockford, Illinois.

The task force located the subject at a hotel at 747 North Bell School Road. They were attempting to arrest the man at 9:15 a.m. when he opened fire with a rifle, striking a woman who was staying with him. The man then exited the room and opened fire on officers who were outside, striking Officer Keltner.

The man then fled from the hotel and led officers on a pursuit that lasted over 150 miles. The vehicle became disabled on I-55 near Lincoln and the subject was taken into custody after barricading himself inside of it for several hours.

Deputy Keltner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately six hours after being shot.

Deputy Keltner had served with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, his father and brother who both work in DuPage County law enforcement, and other family members.

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HONORING:

Captain Jacob “Jake” Ringering
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Godfrey Fire Protection District, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Age: 37

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

While at the scene of a residential structure fire, Captain Jacob Ringering and three additional firefighters were injured when a portion of the structure collapsed as they attacked the fire. Ringering was taken to the hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. One of the additional firefighters was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he is in stable condition. The two remaining firefighters were treated and released.

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HONORING:

Captain Joel Barnes
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Berwick Fire Department, Maine

End of Watch: Friday, March 1, 2019

Age: 32

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

Captain Joel Barnes was one of five firefighters who went into a three-story apartment building to fight a four-alarm fire. While inside the structure, conditions rapidly worsened. Three of the firefighters were able to escape. Barnes and one other firefighter became trapped in a room of a third-floor apartment. While waiting to be rescued, Barnes reportedly used his body to shield the other firefighter from the intense fire. Upon rescue, Barnes was unresponsive, and EMTs and other colleagues immediately performed life-saving measures on him. Barnes was then transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from the injuries he sustained. The four other firefighters were treated and released by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

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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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