Fallen Heroes (May 17, 2019)

HONORING:

Constable Willie Houston "Hoot" West
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Lowndes County Constable's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Age: 81

Tour: 52 years

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DETAILS:

Constable Hoot West succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on Harrison Road.

He was serving civil papers when the crash occurred just before 8:00 am on May 6th, 2019. He was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on May 9th.

Constable West had served as the elected constable of Lowndes County’s District 1 since 1971 and was serving his 13th consecutive term. He had previously served with the Columbus Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office. He had a total of 52 years of law enforcement service and was a founding member and first president of the Mississippi Constables Association.

He is survived by his son, two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, mother, brother, and two sisters.

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HONORING:

Sergeant Kelvin Ansari
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Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Age: 50

Tour: 10 years

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DETAILS:

Sergeant Kelvin Ansari was shot and killed as he attempted to apprehend a robbery suspect.

He and other officers had responded to a robbery that occurred at a barbershop in the 2300 block of Bull Street. The suspect was believed to have left the area but was inside a nearby vehicle. As Sergeant Ansari checked the area the man exited and opened fire on him and another officer, striking them both.

The subject fled into a nearby residential area where he was found a short time later hiding in a shed. As responding officers ordered him to surrender, he exited the shed and opened fire again. He was fatally wounded by return gunfire.

Sergeant Ansari had retired from the U.S. Army and had served with the Savannah Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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HONORING:

Firefighter William Norman Franck
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Willow Street Fire Company, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, May 12, 2019

Age: 81

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later.

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HONORING:

Firefighter Mitchell F. Lundgaard
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Appleton Fire Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Age: 36

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI. Despite all life-saving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the incident continues.

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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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