Honoring 5 Fallen Heroes


Chief Josh Kogel

Cavour Volunteer Fire Department, South Dakota

EOW: Sept. 4, 2023 | Age: 48 | Tour: 25 Years

On Monday, Sept, 4, 2023, Chief Josh Kogel responded to a structure fire at the Hurd Alignment and Services building. While outside the burning building at the fire apparatus, he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of his death has yet to be determined.


Firefighter Mia Regina Ethridge

Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS, Virginia

EOW: Sept. 1, 2023 | Age: 20 | Tour: None

On Sunday, July 9, 2023, Firefighter Mia Regina Ethridge and another firefighter were responding to a residential structure fire when the fire apparatus ran off the road in the rain and hit a tree. She was ejected from the vehicle. Firefighter Ethridge was receiving treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center when she succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the accident on Friday, September 1, 2023. Firefighter Ethridge was wearing her seatbelt. Firefighter Ethridge was also a firefighter with the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department.


Firefighter Joe Parish

Diboll Volunteer Fire Department, Texas

EOW: Sept. 1, 2023 | Age: 67 | Tour: None

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, Firefighter Joe Parish was responding to a request for mutual aid from Fuller Springs, TX, when his privately owned vehicle left the roadway and crashed. Firefighter Parish was air-lifted to a Tyler, TX hospital for emergency surgery. On Friday, September 1, 2023, he passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident.


Police Officer Robert Garten

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

EOW: Sept. 6, 2023 | Age: 34 | Tour: 8 Years

Police Officer Bobby Garten was killed when his patrol car was struck by a fleeing vehicle at the intersection of Asylum Avenue and Broad Street at about 10:30 pm. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle with canceled registration tags. As they approached the vehicle it sped north on Broad Street, however, officers did not pursue it. Officer Garten was in the passenger seat of a patrol car traveling east on Asylum Avenue with emergency equipment activated en route to another incident. The fleeing car sped through the Farmington Avenue red traffic signal, and as it was speeding through the red traffic signal at Asylum Avenue, it struck the passenger side of the cruiser. Officer Gartner and the officer driving the cruiser were transported to St. Francis Hospital where Officer Garten succumbed to his injuries. The other officer was admitted in stable condition. The subject is in custody and charged with failure to obey a traffic control signal, failure to renew registration, misuse of plates, and interfering with a police officer. Officer Garten had served with the Hartford Police Department for eight years. He was a second-generation police officer.


Deputy Sheriff II Auston Smith Reudelhuber

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

EOW: Sept. 9, 2023 | Age: 32 | Tour: 5 years,

Deputy Sheriff Auston Reudelhuber was killed in a vehicle crash on North Carolina 150 at 5:15 a.m. A box truck driving south on NC 150 crossed the center line and struck Deputy Reudelhuber's patrol car traveling northbound. Both vehicles came to a stop on the southbound shoulder. Deputy Reudelhuber was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver was not injured. He has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, and driving left of center. Deputy Reudelhuber was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Forsyth Sheriff's Office for over two years and previously served with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his wife and two 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).