Honoring 3 Fallen Heroes


Governmental Affairs Liaison Michael Elaine Griffin

Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi

EOW: Sept. 4, 2023 | Age: 62 | Tour: 36 Years

Governmental Affairs Liaison Mike Griffin was killed at the scene of a crash on Highway 6 near Batesville at about 11:00 am. He was en route to Jackson when he encountered the crash involving a partially overturned vehicle. As he was checking on the entrapped driver the vehicle shifted and fell on top of Governmental Affairs Liaison Griffin, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. Governmental Affairs Liaison was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served in his current position as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for two years after having retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol with 34 years of service. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


Police Officer Kevin Cram

Algona Police Department, Iowa

EOW: Sept. 13, 2023 | Age: 33 | Tour: 10 Years

Police Officer Kevin Cram was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man with an active arrest warrant for harassment. At 7:53 p.m., Officer Cram located the subject at the 1100 block of South Minnesota Street in Algona. When Officer Cram notified the man that he was being placed under arrest, the subject shot him and fled. Officer Cram was transported to Kossuth Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead. The subject was arrested in Minnesota and charged with first-degree murder. Officer Cram had served with the Algona Police Department for eight years and previously served with the Nora Spring Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and children.


Deputy Sheriff Ryan Clinkunbroomer

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

EOW: Sept. 16, 2023 | Age: 30 | Tour: 8 Years

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Clinkunbroomer was shot and killed in an unprovoked ambush at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q just outside of the Palmdale Sheriff's Station at about 6:00 pm. Deputy Clinkunbroomer was stopped at a red light when another car pulled alongside his patrol and an occupant opened fire, striking him in the head. A passerby located Deputy Clinkunbroomer in the vehicle moments later and alerted authorities. Deputy Clinkunbroomer was transported to Antelope Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds. A suspect was arrested later the evening. Deputy Clinkunbroomer had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for eight years and was a third-generation member of the agency. He is survived by his fiancée, parents and grandparents.


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