Honoring 5 Fallen Heroes


Deputy Sheriff Kaitie Leising

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

EOW: May 6, 2023 | Age: 29 | Tour: 3 years

Deputy Sheriff Kaitie Leising was shot and killed while investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a drunk driver near the intersection of Route 128 and County Road G, south of Glenwood City. She had been speaking with the driver for approximately eight minutes and requested that he consent to field sobriety tests. The man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire on Deputy Leising. Despite being mortally wounded, she returned fire but did not strike the subject. The man ran into nearby woods where he committed suicide approximately one hour later after other deputies spotted him. Deputy Leising had served with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office for one year and previously served with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office (South Dakota) for two years.


Police Officer Robert Shisler

Deptford Township Police Department, New Jersey

EOW: May 7, 2023 | Age: 27 | Tour: 4 years

Police Officer Bobby Shisler succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on March 10th, 2023, while struggling with a suspect following a foot pursuit. He had conducted a subject stop on the man on Delsea Drive. The man fled on foot during the encounter, and Officer Shisler chased him to Doman Avenue, where a struggle ensued between the two. The man produced a handgun and shot Officer Shisler in the leg. Despite being wounded, Officer Shisler returned fire and killed the subject. Officer Shisler was taken to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries. He succumbed to complications of the gunshot wound on May 7th, 2023, without having ever been released from the hospital. Officer Shisler had served with the Deptford Township Police Department for four years. His father and brother also served in law enforcement.


Port Police Officer Kimberly Sickafoose

Alabama Port Authority Police, Alabama

EOW: May 11, 2023 | Age: None | Tour: 7 years

Port Police Officer Kimberly Sickafoose drowned after her patrol truck drove into the Mobile River in the area of 900 Alabama State Docks Boulevard while she was on patrol at about 2:40 am. The truck sank into approximately 40 feet of water. Officer Sickafoose's body was recovered at about 8:00 am. Officer Sickafoose had served with the Alabama Port Authority Police Department for seven years and had previously served as the police chief of the Silverhill Police Department.


Deputy Sheriff Brett Harris

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

EOW: May 13, 2023 | Age: 26 | Tour: Unknown

Deputy Sheriff Brett Harris succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident at the intersection of West Esplanade Avenue and South State Street in San Jacinto at 2:15 am. Deputy Harris was driving west on Esplanade Avenue, responding to a call for service, when his patrol SUV collided with another vehicle traveling north on South State Street. His vehicle was struck on the driver's side and then left the roadway and hit a light pole. Another deputy was injured while trying to help free Deputy Harris from the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he was kept on life support until his organs were donated. Deputy Harris was assigned to the Hemet Station. He is survived by his wife, parents, twin sister, and brother.


Paramedic Mark Hayes

Mecklenburg EMS Agency, NC

EOW: May 13, 2023 | Age: 53 | Tour: 26 years

Hayes died Saturday after suffering from a medical emergency while on duty. He had been with MEDIC since 1997 -- a 26-year span. Hayes leaves behind a wife and four children.


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