Honoring 3 Fallen Heroes


Police Officer Jessica Ebbighausen

Rutland Police Department, Vermont

EOW: July 7, 2023 | Age: 19 | Tour: None

Police Officer Jessica Ebbighausen was killed when her patrol car was struck head-on by a suspect vehicle being pursued by other officers at about 3:00 pm. Officers responding to a burglary in progress on East Washington Street began pursuing the suspect who was driving a pickup truck. Officer Ebbighausen, along with her training officer, was responding from the opposite direction. As the pursuit entered the intersection of Stratton Road and Woodstock Avenue, the suspect vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Officer Ebbighausen's patrol car head-on. The truck then collided with a second patrol car. Officer Ebbighausen succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Two other officers and the suspect were injured in the collision. The man was taken into custody. The subject was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude police, both with death resulting. Officer Ebbighausen was a part-time officer in field training in preparation for attending the Vermont Police Academy to become a full-time officer the following month.


Deputy Sheriff John Durm

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

EOW: July 10, 2023 | Age: 61 | Tour: 38 Years

Deputy Sheriff John Durm succumbed to injuries he sustained at about 11:30 am when he was attacked by a prisoner attempting to escape from the Community Justice Campus at 675 Justice Way in Indianapolis. He was returning the murder suspect from the hospital when the man violently assaulted him in the detention center's sallyport. The prisoner wrapped the handcuff chain linking around Deputy Sheriff's neck, with both of them falling to the ground during the struggle. As soon as Deputy Durm stopped moving, the prisoner unlocked his handcuffs, then stole one of the sheriff's vans but crashed outside the complex during his escape attempt. The prisoner was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is facing murder charges. Deputy Durm was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputy Durm had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and parents. His wife and son also serve with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.


James “Spot” Cleary, Jr.

Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department, West Virginia

EOW: July 11, 2023 | Age: 19 | Tour: None

On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, father and son, Firefighter James Cleary, Sr. and Firefighter James “Spot” Cleary, Jr., were out on the department owned ATV examining previous accident scenes. While they were out of the vehicle, on foot, the ATV began to roll towards them. They attempted to stop it but it dragged them over a hill and then rolled multiple times. Both firefighters were transported to local hospitals. Firefighter James “Spot” Cleary, Jr., passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Firefighter James Cleary, Sr., has been discharged from the hospital.


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