Honoring 3 Fallen Heros


Deputy Sheriff Caleb Conley

Scott County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

EOW: May 22, 2023 | Age: 35 | Tour: 4

Deputy Sheriff Caleb Conley was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near mile marker 127 on southbound I-75 in Georgetown at about 4:45 pm. The subject fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He has been charged with the murder of a police officer, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, burglary, theft of an automobile, wanton endangerment, and fleeing/evading police. Deputy Conley was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Scott County Sheriff's Office for four years. He is survived by his wife, children, and parents.


Sergeant Michael Kunovich

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Florida

EOW: May 19, 2023 | Age: 52 | Tour: 25

Sergeant Michael Kunovich suffered a fatal heart attack following a violent struggle with a man in the 2500 block of State Road 16 in St. Augustine. The man was sitting in the dark outside of a closed business when Sergeant Kunovich approached him at about 9:00 pm. When Sergeant Kunovich attempted to pat the man down for weapons the subject attempted to flee. Sergeant Kunovich and other deputies struggled with the subject for over six minutes, during which the man attempted to disarm him of his taser. After the man was placed in handcuffs he was able to access a pocket knife which had to be forcibly removed from his hands. Sergeant Kunovich collapsed moments after the man was put in custody. The man was charged with resisting with violence and felony murder. Sergeant Kunovich had served with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for 25 years.


Lieutenant Richard Michael Hempel

Groesbeck Volunteer Fire Rescue, Texas

EOW: May 9, 2023 | Age: 53 | Tour: None

On Monday, May 8, 2023, Lieutenant Richard Michael Hempel responded to an EMS call at a residence. On Tuesday morning, May 9, 2023, he began to feel ill and became unresponsive. 9-1-1 was immediately dispatched and he was transported to the Limestone Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack. Lieutenant Hempel was also a paramedic for the Limestone Medical Center.


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