Honoring 5 Fallen Heroes


Chief Robert E. Brown Sr.

Glendale Fire Department, South Carolina

EOW: Jan. 18, 2024 | Age: 87 | Tour: None

A veteran fire chief answered his final alarm Thursday -- a brush fire in Spartanburg. While pulling hose, former Glendale Fire Chief Robert E. Brown Sr., 87, started feeling ill. He was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a few hours later, WSPA reported. He led the department from 1976 until 2017, and spent years prior as a firefighter. He was inducted into the Spartanburg County Fire Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000.


Firefighter Daniel S. DeWolf

Fairville Volunteer Fire Department, New York

EOW: Jan. 21, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: None

A Fairville firefighter suffered a cardiac arrest at a building fire Sunday night in Arcadia. Firefighter Daniel DeWolf was a former chief of the department where he was a member for 32 years. Fellow personnel as well as crews from Newark-Arcadia Emergency Medical Services provided immediate care including CPR to the down firefighter, according to WHEC. He was taken to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital where he died. "It is with deepest sadness, the Fairville Volunteer Fire department announces a sudden loss of a member. This incident occurred during a structure fire. With respect to the family, no further information will be released at this time. Please keep the family and members of our department in your thoughts and prayers, " Fairville officials wrote on the department's Facebook page early Monday.


Trooper Joel Popp

Michigan State Police, Michigan

EOW: Jan. 24, 2024 | Age: 39 | Tour: 4 Years

Trooper Joel Popp was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting with a DUI investigation on northbound I-75 near Birch Run at about 7:10 pm. He was standing outside of his vehicle when another motorist struck him and two patrol cars. Trooper Popp was transported to Hurley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Popp had served with the Michigan State Police for four years and was assigned to the Tri-City Post. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


Officer Kenya D Galloway

Atlanta Police Department

EOW: Jan. 4, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: None

ATLANTA — A celebration of life will be held for an Atlanta Police officer who died following a medical emergency last week. The service for Kenya D. Galloway will be held at Passion City Church on Garson Drive Friday at 1 p.m. Atlanta Police said that Kenya Galloway was currently assigned to the Executive Protection Unit and that he was on his way to work when he was found unresponsive due to a medical emergency. Police said he was found near the Atlanta Public Safety Annex Building.


Paramedic Mary “Katie” Pipkins.

ASAP EMS of Alabama

EOW: Dec. 30, 2023 | Age: None | Tour: None

Man charged with DUI manslaughter after death of ASAP medic in Mobile. “We as a company are heartbroken over the loss of such a beautiful soul. Miss Pipkins was a true hero in every way. Miss Pipkins set a standard in EMS for others to follow. Her love and compassion knew no bounds. She was an inspiration to her fellow coworkers and everyone that knew her. She cared deeply for each person she encountered while serving her community,” wrote Operation Manager Rusty Hembree. MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A first responder from Mississippi is dead after Mobile Police say she was hit and killed by a man driving under the influence Saturday night. Jail records say the man accused of manslaughter has been arrested for DUI several times before. Mobile Police say it happened on Moffett Road near the intersection of Shelton Beach Road at about 6:45 Saturday night. Police say two vehicles collided. An ASAP Ambulance from Mississippi, returning from a previous call, stopped to help. Another vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Michael Thomas, collided with the first crash scene and hit the driver of one of the vehicles and a 30-year-old female ASAP medic. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries but the medic was killed at the scene.


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