Correctional Officer Gabriel Forrest died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Washington. Officer Forrest had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for 19 years. 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 the 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.
Police Officer Gordon Beesley was shot and killed at about 1:30 pm after having responded to a suspicious event call near the Arvada Library in the 7500 block of W 57th Avenue. While on scene he became engaged in a shootout with an armed subject and was fatally shot. The subject and a bystander who came to Officer Beesley's assistance were also shot and killed. Officer Beesley had served with the Arvada Police Department for 19 years. He was the SRO at Oberon Middle School but was assigned to patrol during the summer break.
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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