Honoring 5 Fallen Heroes


Leuitenant Charles Gallant

Rye Fire Rescue, New Hampsire

EOW: Dec. 15, 2023 | Age: None | Tour: 29 Years

Lt. Charles Gallant, a 20-year veteran of the department, died Dec. 15 at home after working an overnight shift, the department announced on its Facebook page.


Sergeant Stephen Gibson

Somervell County Sheriff's Office, Texas

EOW: Dec. 13, 2023 | Age: 53 | Tour: 26 Years

Sergeant Stephen Gibson was killed in a vehicle crash on Texas State Highway 144. At 6:30 a.m., Sergeant Gibson was traveling northbound when a southbound truck lost control on the wet highway. The truck struck Sergeant Gibson's patrol vehicle head-on. Sergeant Gibson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other driver was not injured. Sergeant Gibson had served with the Somervell County Sheriff's Office for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren.


Firefighter Lamont Killian, Jr.

Mount Vernon Fire Department, New York

EOW: Dec. 11, 2023 | Age: None | Tour: None

A New York firefighter injured on the job in 2019 died Dec. 11 of a heart-related issue. Mount Vernon Firefighter Lamont Killian Jr. collapsed at a house fire on June 22, 2019. He was immediately transported to a hospital where he suffered a heart attack. He never returned to work, the U.S.Fire Administration reported. This brings to 82 the number of firefighters who have died on duty this year. Visitation will be held from 4-7 Dec. 21 and from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 141 S. 9th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY


Police Officer Daniel P. DiDato

East Fishkill Police Department, New York

EOW: Dec. 18, 2023 | Age: 47 | Tour: 22 Years

Police Officer Dan DiDato was killed in a vehicle crash near Mile Marker 36.2 on southbound Taconic State Parkway at about 6:00 pm. He was en route to the Westchester Medical Center to interview a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle near the East Fishkill police station. Officer DiDato's patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree as he drove along the parkway. He was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer DiDato had served with the East Fishkill Police Department for 18 years and previously served with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for four years.


Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hamilton

Preble County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

EOW: Dec. 18, 2023 | Age: 34 | Tour: 1 Year

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Hamilton died in a vehicle crash on Ohio State Route 503 at 4:00 a.m. Deputy Hamilton, traveling southbound, and a vehicle traveling northbound collided head-on. He was transported to the Kettering Preble ER Campus, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the other car was also killed. Deputy Hamilton was a United States Navy Reserve and Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Preble County Sheriff's Office for over 1 1/2 years. He is survived by his daughter and parents.


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