Honoring 2 Fallen Heroes


Police Officer Michael Lee

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

EOW: June 19, 2020 | Age: None | Tour: 29 Years

Police Officer Michael Lee died after contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty. Officer Lee had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 29 years and was assigned to the Chinle Police District. He is survived by his wife and children. In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.


Firefighter Russell K. Roberson

Laeger Volunteer Fire Department, West Virginia

EOW: June 11, 2020 | Age: 42 | Tour: None

On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn. He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.


This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).