Honoring 3 Fallen Heroes


Deputy Sheriff Charles Rivette

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Texas

EOW: Feb. 21, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: 18 Years

Deputy Sheriff Charles Rivette was killed in a crash on southbound Interstate 45 in Centerville, Texas, at 10:30 p.m. Deputy Rivette was a passenger in a patrol vehicle transporting an inmate from Oklahoma to Montgomery County when it struck a tractor-trailer. Unable to stop, two tractor-trailers crashed into the back of the patrol vehicle. The impact forced the vehicle into the northbound lanes. Deputy Rivette was thrown out of the vehicle and was hit by a pickup truck traveling in the northbound lanes. The other deputy, the inmate, and one of the tractor-trailer drivers also suffered serious injuries. Deputy Rivette had served with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and children. His son also serves with the agency.


Safety Officer Louis Dunston

Youngsville Fire Department, North Carolina

EOW: Feb. 20, 2024 | Age: 79 | Tour: None

Firefighters in Youngsville Fire Department are mourning the loss of one of their own. Safety Officer Louis Dunston, 79, suffered an apparent heart attack within 24 hours of participating in a training session, the U.S. Fire Administration reported. On Feb. 20, Dunston suffered a medical emergency at his home. EMS crews were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead on the scene. He served the department for 45 years. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb, 29 from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville. Funeral services with fire department honors will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Wake Forest. Any departments that wish to send personnel or vehicles for the procession, please contact Fire Chief Brian Christmas, the department announced on its Facebook page.


Paramedic Steve Zuckerman

Eagle County Paramedic Services, Colarado

EOW: Feb. 23, 2024 | Age: 61 | Tour: None

A Colorado paramedic was killed while responding to a back country rescue call. Eagle County Paramedic Steve Zuckerman, 61, was killed on his way to a call in Vail. However, no details of the incident haven been released, 9 News reported. Zuckerman was a member of the Search and Rescue team, a field trainer and was training as a critical care paramedic. “Steve was one of the helpers. He never missed an opportunity to contribute and his death leaves a giant void in our organization and community,” Eagle County Paramedic Services CEO Brandon Daruna said. He also served as medical director for World Cup races in Beaver Creek. On a social media post for the Eagle County Paramedic Services, he once wrote: “EMS is a team sport and I work on an amazing team. Each day brings new challenges and new opportunities to practice field emergency medicine and to make a small difference.”


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