Detective Michael Dion suffered a fatal heart attack while on traffic assignment at 60 Fuller Road in Chicopee. He had moved several large barricades as part of the road closure assignment when he collapsed. He was transported to the hospital, where he was kept on life support to donate his organs. Detective Dion had served with the Chicopee Police Department for 39 years. He is survived by his girlfriend and daughter.
Correctional Officer V Kevin Dupree died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while assigned to the Powledge Correctional Unit at 1400 FM 3452 in Palestine. Officer Dupree was a United States Air Force veteran. He had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for 28 years. He is survived by his two 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.
Police Officer Michael Chandler was shot and killed while performing a welfare check at a vacant home in the 2500 block of Orr Street. Officer Chandler was flagged down by a citizen at about 4:00 am who asked him to check on a person who was inside of the home. When he arrived on the scene, he encountered a subject and was shot. A deputy with the Wise County Sheriff's Office located Officer Chandler in a ditch along the home's driveway. He was transported to Norton Community Hospital and then flown to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee where he succumbed to his wounds at about 7:00 pm. The subject who shot him was arrested in Kingsport, Tennessee, at about 8:00 pm after being located at a motel by members of state, local, and federal law enforcement officers. It was determined the man was wanted for probation violations in Wise County, Virginia, as well as in South Carolina. The incident occurred on Officer Chandler's 29th birthday. In addition to serving with the Big Stone Gap Police Department, he also served as a volunteer with the Big Stone Gap Fire Department.
Master Trooper Daniel Stainbrook died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Master Trooper Stainbrook had served with the Wisconsin State Patrol for 20 years and was assigned to the North Central Region - Wausau Post. He is survived by his wife and two 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.
Corrections Officer Rhonda Russell was shot and killed after a struggle for her firearm at the holding area of the Central Court building at 615 Fourth Street in Altoona. A male inmate attacked and disarmed Officer Russell while waiting for a court hearing. An Altoona police officer who was in the court building saw the altercation between Officer Russell and the suspect. The suspect had restrained Officer Russell and aimed the weapon at the officer. The officer shot at the suspect, but the suspect moved Officer Russell into the line of fire. She was transported to UPMC Altoona, where she succumbed to her wounds. The inmate who attacked Officer Russell was charged with murder of the second degree and murder of a law enforcement officer of the second degree. Officer Russell had served 16 years with the Blair County Prison. She is survived by her three sons and parents.
K9 Rogue suffered a fatal heart attack while performing training exercises at 1400 Fire Lane in Cedar Park. K9 Rogue had served with the Cedar Park Police Department for seven years.
On Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, Lieutenant Malachi Brown was working at the scene of a residential fire when he suffered 3rd degree burns. He was transported to the Springfield Burn Unit and was placed in a medically induced coma. Lieutenant Malachi Brown succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.
While on duty Firefighter Gerald A. Brooks responded to numerous EMS calls. He subsequently contracted COVID-19 and passed away from the virus on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, while attending a Pardeeville Fire Department fundraiser, Firefighter Brandon Romo contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
An Anderson County man, who was employed as a paramedic by UT Health East Texas EMS, died in a Wednesday evening accident on U.S. Highway 69 in Hunt County. The passenger traveling in the ambulance involved in the crash with an 18 wheeler was hurt and the driver of the truck has been cited, according to a report from Texas Department of Public Safety. David Eads, 42, a dedicated paramedic for more than 24 years, was killed when his ambulance crashed into an 18 wheeler backing up across two lanes of traffic. David Eads, 42, a dedicated paramedic for more than 24 years, was killed when his ambulance crashed into an 18 wheeler backing up across two lanes of traffic. (Eads family) "At approximately 6:55 p.m. Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched to a major crash at U.S. 69 just north of Greenville," said DPS Sgt. Kyle Bradford. "Preliminary investigation indicates that a Peterbilt rock-hauler truck was backing up across the two lanes of traffic along U.S. 69. A UT Health East Texas EMS vehicle was traveling southbound on U.S. 69 and was unaware of the truck-tractor striking the trailer killing the driver of the ambulance. The passenger of the ambulance was transported to UT Health of East Texas in stable condition, the driver of the truck-tractor was not injured. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time." David Eads, 42, of Frankston was identified Thursday afternoon as the victim of the crash. Bradford said a citation was issued to the driver of the 18 wheeler for a violation of backing without safety. The name of the driver was not immediately released. UT Health East Texas issued a statement on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon, noting Eads had served as a dedicated paramedic for more than 24 years, starting UT Health East Texas in December 2020, where he served the Tyler/ Smith County area as a lead paramedic. "David was the kind of medic who had the perfect balance of competency and compassion," said Dr. Yagnesh Desai, UT Health East Texas EMS Medical Director. "He was a medic who cared for the whole person, not just the immediate medical need." "David was the kind of person that made you feel better simply by being around him," said John Smith, CEO of UT Health East Texas EMS. "He had a way of making those around him better because of his huge heart for EMS and concern over his patients." The unit designation 809 will be retired and removed from service in his honor.
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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