Honoring 4 Fallen Heroes


EMT/Firefighter Drake Adams

Elliott County EMS, Kentucky

EOW: March 12, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: None

Fire and EMS personnel in Elliott County are mourning the loss of two colleagues. EMT/Firefighter Drake Adams died at home after getting off his shift from Elliott County EMS, according to a statement from agency officials.


Captain Roy Franklin Whitt

504 Volunteer Fire Department, Kentucky

EOW: March 12, 2024 | Age: 72 | Tour: None

Later, as an engine from 504 Volunteer Fire Department headed to escort his body to a funeral home, it veered off the road, hit a guardrail and went over an embankment into the edge to a river, WLWT reported. Firefighter Frank Witt, who was driving, was killed.


Officer John M. Grassia III

New York State Police

EOW: March 8, 2024 | Age: 30 | Tour: None

New York State Trooper among 3 killed in National Guard helicopter crash at southern border. A New York state trooper and another New York soldier have been identified as two of the three people killed in a National Guard helicopter crash near the southern border. John M. Grassia III, 30, who served in NYSP’s Troop G, was serving with the National Guard in Texas when the chopper went down on Friday, killing him, a fellow local National Guard soldier and a border patrol agent, The New York State Troopers PBA announced. “Trooper Grassia, who was dedicated to serving and protecting not only the citizens of New York State but also the citizens of the entire United States, will be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice,” the union said in a statement.


Patrolman Justin Hare

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

EOW: March 15, 2024 | Age: 35 | Tour: None

Patrolman Justin Hare was shot and killed at about 5:30 am while conducting a welfare check on a disabled vehicle that was stopped near mile marker 320 on I-40, west of Tucumcari. As Patrolman Hare stopped behind the vehicle, the driver exited and walked to the cruiser's passenger window. The two had a short discussion, and as Patrolman Hare offered to drive the man into town, the subject suddenly produced a handgun and shot him. He shot him a second time before pushing him into the passenger seat. He then abducted him and stole the patrol car, abandoning it approximately 16 miles away and fleeing on foot. Patrolman Hare was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Hare, the man was the suspect in the murder of an off-duty paramedic in South Carolina several days earlier. The car he was driving belonged to the murder victim. The subject was arrested two days later after exchanging gunfire with a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy. He is survived by his girlfriend, two children, mother, father, and brother.


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