Fallen Heroes (May 31, 2019)

HONORING:

Police Officer Jesus Marrero-Martínez
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Manatí Municipal Police Department, Puerto Rico

End of Watch: Saturday, May 25, 2019

Age: 37

Tour: 16 years

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DETAILS:

Police Officer Jesus Marrero-Martínez was shot and killed while intervening in a carjacking attempt while off duty.

He and a friend had gone to a club on PR 686, in Vega Baja, not realizing it was closed. When they arrived in the parking lot, they were confronted by three masked men who demanded their car keys. His friend relinquished his keys but Officer Marrero-Martínez identified himself and drew his weapon.

He shot and killed one of the subjects in an exchange of gunfire. A second subject then shot him in the back and arm. The two remaining subjects then fled the scene.

Officer Marrero-Martínez had served with the Manatí Municipal Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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HONORING:

Lieutenant Steven Whitstine
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East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Age: 42

Tour: 17 years

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DETAILS:

Lieutenant Steven Whitstine was killed in an automobile crash on Port Hudson-Pride Road, between Munson Drive and Pin Oak Lane, in Zachary at about 6:30 am.

He was en route to the sheriff's office when his patrol car left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned. He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. His canine partner suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local veterinarian.

Lieutenant Whitstine had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for eight years and had previously served with the Baker Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and children.
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HONORING:

Paramedic William Stephen Johns-Hamlin
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Macon, GA

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Age: 65

Tour: Unknown

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DETAILS:

William Stephen Johns-Hamlin, NREMT-P, “Steve,” 65, of Macon, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The family will greet friends at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 1290 College St. Macon, GA. 31201. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2:00 PM in the church with Reverend Tim Bagwell, Reverend Beth Dunwody, Reverend Debra Williams, and Reverend Eric Mayle officiating. Following the service, Steve will be laid to rest in historic Rose Hill Cemetery.
Steve was born in Macon on March 3, 1954. He loved his family, friends, his dog Jake, and his grandchildren dearly. He would drop whatever he was doing to help someone. Steve adored his job as a paramedic. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking. Steve was also an avid animal lover, and a jack of all trades and a master of them all. He could fix anything and was a master with his hands.
Steve was predeceased by his son, Timothy Thomas; father, Thomas Voy Hamlin, Sr.; mother, Dorothy Anderson Kilgore; step-father, Fred Kilgore; and mother-in-law, Connie Bryant.
Steve is survived by his husband, Andy Johns-Hamlin; daughters, Natalie Roberts (Josh), Kelly Harris (James), and Stephanie Amerson; sons, Phillip Green (Amy) and Brandon S. Dukes; step-mother, Sandra C. Hamlin; brothers, Tom Hamlin (Debbie) and Tim Hamlin (Suzette); and sister, Lisa Woodard (Willie); step-brother, Bruce Kilgore (Theresa); grandchildren, Mackenzie, Savannah, Chase, Trent, Drew, Cameron, Madison, Michael, Morgan, Kyle, Sarah-Cate, Hannah, and Cole; and one great-grandchild, Watson as well as long time family friend, Judy Bradshaw and daugther in law, Angel Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you help Steve’s legacy live on by making donations to Central Georgia Technical College Foundation and designating the Steve Hamlin EMS Scholarship Fund in the check memo line or online.
Friends may sign the online registry at www.fairhavenmacon.com
Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, has charge of arrangements.
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HONORING:

K9 Eli
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Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Age: 9

Tour: Not Available

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DETAILS:

K9 Eli died after suffering heat exhaustion while tracking a fleeing suspect in the area of North Crestview Drive SW and Grayson Parkway at approximately 3:00 pm

Gwinnett County officers were assisting Snellville officers with a vehicle pursuit. K9 Eli was deployed to track the suspect when the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. K9 Eli was rushed to a local emergency veterinarian when he started to show signs of distress 30 minutes into the track. His condition deteriorated at the vet and he passed away.

K9 Eli had served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for eight years.
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HONORING:

K9 Max
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Portsmouth Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Age: 6

Tour: Not Available

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DETAILS:

K9 Max suffered fatal injuries during a training exercise in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, on May 22nd, 2019.

His handler was conducting obedience training with Max and allowing him to run off lead. Max was running full speed and mistimed a jump over a wooden structure while attempting to get his ball. He suffered severe internal injuries as a result of colliding with the structure.

K9 Max was transported to a local veterinary hospital where his conditioned deteriorated. The following day it was determined that the best course of treatment was to be humanely euthanized.

K9 Max had served with the Portsmouth Police Department for five years.
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May you be at rest.

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