Sergeant LaShonda Owens died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Northampton County Jail. Sergeant Owens had served with the Northampton County Sheriff's Office for 4-1/2 years. She is survived by her two children. Beginning 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 have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.
Corporal Kyle Davis died after being assaulted inside of the Washington County Correctional Facility while booking a prisoner. Seventeen subjects had been arrested as part of a large multiagency narcotics investigation and were being booked into the jail. One of the men began to struggle with officers while being booked and struck Corporal Davis in the chest, causing him to suffer a ruptured aorta. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away approximately one hour later. Corporal Davis had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Sergeant Shane Owens died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Broward County Main Jail. Sergeant Owens had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 30 years. He Beginning 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 have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.
Trooper Joseph Gallagher succumbed to injuries sustained on December 18th, 2017, when he was struck by a vehicle. Trooper Gallagher was assisting a motorist on the westbound Long Island Expressway at the entrance ramp to the Sagtikos Parkway when he was struck by a passing motorist who was distracted by three texting conversations. Trooper Gallagher was seriously injured and died three years later from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck Trooper Gallagher was arrested and charged with third-degree assault with criminal negligence, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 30 days time served, three years of probation, and 1,000 hours of community service. Trooper Gallagher served with the New York State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Reserve Deputy Sheriff James Driver was killed in a vehicle crash near the intersection of West State Road 45 and West Eller Road while responding to an accident with injury. An oncoming vehicle pulling a trailer attempted to stop, but the driver lost control. The vehicle's trailer struck Deputy Driver's patrol car, which rolled over. Deputy Driver was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. Deputy Driver had served with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two stepchildren.
Trooper Chad Walker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when he was ambushed while stopping to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle near Mexia, Texas. He was travelling on FM 2838, near U.S. Highway 84, when he observed the vehicle parked on the shoulder at about 7:45 pm. As he pulled behind the vehicle, the driver exited and opened fire with a handgun, shooting through the windshield of the patrol car before it had come to a full stop. Trooper Walker was struck in the head and abdomen. The driver fled into a wooded area and remained at large until committing suicide the following day. Trooper Walker was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he could not survive his wounds. He was kept on life support until March 31st, 2021, when his organs were donated. Trooper Walker had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for six years and had 18 years of law enforcement experience. He had previously served with the Groesbeck Police Department, Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff's Office, and Limestone County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, 15-year-old son, twin 7-year-old daughters, and a two-month-old daughter.
Acting Chief Garry Key developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending mandated fire department meetings and other fire department functions. He passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from the virus.
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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