Detective John Delgado died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Detective Delgado was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Bay City Police Department for 24 years and had served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Port Lavaca Police Department, Wharton County Sheriff's Office, and Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife and three adult children. All three of his children also serve in law enforcement. Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tom Hoobler suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after directing traffic during an unusually hot and humid day at the Childress Old Settlers Rodeo parade. He had completed his traffic detail when he responded to assist with a disabled traffic trailer on U.S. 287 east of Childress. He passed away while sitting in his patrol car while waiting for a tow truck. Reserve Deputy Hoobler had served with the Childress County Sheriff's Office for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, daughters, brother, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Deputy Sheriff Ray McCrary died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty. Deputy McCrary had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for 24 years and was assigned to the Civil/Levy Division. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandson. Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.
Police Officer Adam Ashworth died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Officer Ashworth had served with the St. George Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.
Detective Jeremy Brown was shot and killed while conducting surveillance at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Northeast 109th Avenue in Vancouver. He was approached by three people and was shot as he sat in his vehicle. Two subjects were arrested near the scene. The subject who shot Detective Brown was arrested by members of the United States Marshals Service on July 25th, 2021, and charged with first-degree aggravated murder. Detective Brown had served with the Clark County Sheriff's Office for 15 years and was assigned to the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had previously served with the Washington State Department of Corrections and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office in Montana.
Deputy Sheriff Phillip Campas was shot and killed during a barricade at a home near the intersection of 1st Street and Poplar Avenue in Wasco. Deputies had initially responded to the home for reports of a shooting at about 1:00 pm. A subject inside fired at the deputies and then barricaded himself in the home, prompting the agency's SWAT team to be deployed. At about 3:00 pm the subject opened fire on members of the SWAT team as they approached the home. Deputy Campas and another deputy were struck by the gunfire. They were both transported to a local hospital where Deputy Campas succumbed to his wounds. The subject was shot and wounded when he exchanged more shots with the SWAT team at about 6:30 pm.
Police Officer Marquis Moorer was shot and killed from ambush while stopping at his apartment for his meal break at about 4:00 am. He was approached by a subject who then opened fire on him outside of the building in the Selma Square Apartments. Officer Moorer suffered fatal gunshot wounds and his significant other was also wounded. The subject fled the scene but was arrested the following day by members of the Alabama State Department of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service. The subject was subsequently charged with two counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.
Police Officer Ryan Bialke was shot and killed while responding to reports of a suicidal subject at home on Highway 1 one mile west of Redby. The subject opened fire and shot Officer Bialke as he arrived at the home. Officer Bialke was transported to the Indian Health Service Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The man then fled into the woods after shooting Officer Bialke but was apprehended a short time later. Officer Bialke had served with the Red Lake Nation Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Trooper Micah May succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a fleeing vehicle on I-15 while deploying spike strips. Officers with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation and other troopers had chased the stolen vehicle for approximately 20 miles. Trooper May was deploying spike strips on I-15, in the area of West Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, when he was struck by the vehicle and went through the windshield. The subject was then shot and killed by other troopers as he reached for Trooper May's service weapon. Trooper May was flown to University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on July 29th, 2021. Trooper May had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 13 years.
K9 Jas was killed when his handler's patrol SUV was involved in a crash at the intersection of Price Street and Liberty Street while responding to a call at 2:15 am. Their vehicle overturned as a result of the crash and K9 Jas suffered fatal injuries. K9 Jas had served with the Savannah Police Department for two years.
K9 Rex was killed when his handler's patrol car was struck by a suspected drunk driver in Detroit at about 1:05 am. His handler was assisting with the closure of Route 10, at Linwood Street, due to flooding and had positioned his patrol SUV across all lanes of traffic. The road had already been closed for several hours when another vehicle struck his vehicle at a high rate of speed. K9 Rex suffered serious injuries and died after being transported to BluePearl Pet Hospital in Southfield. His handler, as well as multiple occupants of the other car, were injured. K9 Rex and his handler were assigned to the Metro South Post.
On Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 3:04 a.m., the Belmont Hills Fire Company and Gladwyne Fire Company were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries on Interstate 76. At approximately 3:23 a.m., while preparing to leave the scene of the initial incident, another vehicle struck Firefighter Thomas Royds, two other firefighters from Belmont Hills Fire Company, and one Pennsylvania State Trooper. Multiple EMS units were immediately requested to assist the injured first responders. Firefighter Royds went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was transported by ground ambulance to Paoli Hospital where he passed away. The two other firefighters were flown to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where they are currently critical but stable. The Pennsylvania State Trooper was also transported by ground to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to receive treatment. The driver of the vehicle that struck the first responders was taken into custody at the scene after reportedly drinking and driving. The investigation of the incident is ongoing.
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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