Honoring 7 Fallen Heroes


EMS Chief Michael Lynch

Delaware County Department

EOW: Dec. 19, 2022 | Age: None | Tour: N/A

BOOTHWYN, Pa. — The chief of the EMS division of Boothwyn Fire and EMS died after succumbing to injuries suffered in January, the Delaware County Department of EMS announced Tuesday. Chief Michael Lynch was injured at the fire station earlier this year and died at a medical facility in Philadelphia on Monday as a result, the Delco Times reported. Lynch was named EMS chief in 2014 and also served as secretary on the Delaware County Emergency Health Services Council. A dignified transfer procession escorted Lynch’s remains to a local funeral home on Tuesday; funeral arrangements are pending.


EMT Tyeler Harris


EOW: Dec. 21, 2022 | Age: 29 | Tour: N/A

CARBON COUNTY, Wyo. — An EMT killed after being struck while working a separate crash scene was identified as Tyeler Harris. Harris, 29, and a fellow EMT were attending to patients injured in a collision between a tractor trailer and a pickup truck when another tractor trailer struck the pair before crashing into the back of the ambulance. Harris died as a result of fatal injuries suffered in the incident. The other EMT was critically injured. In a statement, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said the driver is being investigated for possible “inattention” as a contributing factor to the incident.


Medic Lisa Sillins


EOW: Dec. 21, 2022 | Age: 55 | Tour: 20+ Years

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — An off-duty Ambulnz paramedic was killed after being struck by an alleged drunk driver, News 12 reported. On Dec. 16, Lisa Sillins, 55, was crossing a four-lane street to get to the employee parking lot after her shift when she was hit by a car driven by Pablo Colector, who was under the influence of alcohol, according to officials. Sillins succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 21. Colector, who was originally charged with driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, and vehicular assault, may face a vehicular manslaughter charge now that Sillins has passed. “Lisa was a dedicated, caring paramedic and a beloved member of the Ambulnz team,” read a post by Ambulnz on social media. “She was a shining light for her teammates, patients, and the community she faithfully served. She made a positive impact on all those around her.”


Deputy Sheriff Corey D. McElroy

Garrett County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

EOW: Dec. 21, 2022 | Age: 31 | Tour: None

Deputy Sheriff Corey McElroy was killed in a vehicle crash at the interchange of I-68 and Route 36 in Frostburg, Maryland, at about 7:25 pm on December 20th, 2022. His department SUV struck the back of a tractor-trailer before being struck by another vehicle. He was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he succumbed to his injuries early the following morning. Deputy McElroy was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by two young children.


Corporal Ray Hamilton

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

EOW: Dec. 24, 2022 | Age: None | Tour: 5 Years

Corporal Ray Hamilton was shot and killed during a barricade at the 710 block of North Park Boulevard in Wright. Deputies had responded to the apartment at about 9:00 am to investigate a domestic assault that had occurred the previous night. The suspect refused to exit the home and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Special Response Team, responded to the scene. The man fired out of a window at about 12:40 pm, striking Corporal Hamilton. Corporal Hamilton was transported to Fort Walton Beach - Destin Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Corporal Hamilton had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for five years.


Firefighter/EMT Brian Rehnberg

North Park Fire Protection District

EOW: Dec. 25, 2022 | Age: 50 | Tour: N/A

On Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, Firefighter/EMT Brian Rehnberg responded to an activated alarm with carbon monoxide present. After the incident, he returned home. At approximately 2:30 p.m. that day, he was found unresponsive by his wife. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.


Firefighter Matthias Wirtz

North Haven Fire Department

EOW: Dec. 26, 2022 | Age: 46 | Tour: N/A

On Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, Firefighter Matthias Wirtz responded to a reported structure fire at a home on Quinnipiac AVE. While working on the exterior of the home operating the engine pump, Firefighter Wirtz became ill and was immediately transported to the Yale-New Haven Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.


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