Fallen Heroes (March 22, 2019)

HONORING:

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson
_____

Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Age: 42

Tour: Unknown

_____

DETAILS:

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson was shot and killed in the city of Kittitas following a vehicle pursuit at approximately 7:45 pm.

He had responded to a traffic complaint involving a road rage incident and attempted to stop the involved vehicle. The driver fled along I-90 and exited the interstate into Kittitas where a city officer joined the pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of North Pierce Street and 6th Avenue. The driver opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Thompson and seriously wounding the Kittitas officer.

The subject was shot and killed in the ensuing shootout.

Deputy Thompson is survived by his wife and three children.

.
.
.

HONORING:

Police Officer Paul Rutherford
_____

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Age: 51

Tour: 23 years

_____

DETAILS:

Police Officer Paul Rutherford was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road at 8:30 am.

He was directing traffic at the scene of an earlier accident when he was struck. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Officer Rutherford was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

.
.
.

HONORING:

Firefighter Michael Bernstein
_____

Philadelphia Fire Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Age: 46

Tour: Unknown

_____

DETAILS:

Firefighter Michael Bernstein suffered a medical emergency while on-duty at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport. Bernstein was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where he passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.

.
.
.

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).

Proud Sponsor of FRBA

We've partnered with the First Responder Benefit Association (FRBA) to play our part in filling the gap of financial and emotional hardship that impacts the families of Fallen First Responders.

Learn More

First Responder Benefit Association is a tax-excempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization