Honoring 11 Fallen Heroes


Sergeant Richard Givan

Ekron Fire Department, Kentucky

EOW: April 8, 2024 | Age: 48 | Tour: None

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Sergeant Richard Givan was performing in station duties when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away a short time later.


Special Agent Derek Sean Baer

United States Postal Service - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Government

EOW: April 9, 2024 | Age: 49 | Tour: 15 Years

Special Agent Sean Baer was killed in a head-on vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 9 and Oak Lee Drive in Ranson, West Virginia, at about 1:50 pm. An oncoming vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed ran a red light, then crossed the median and struck Agent Baer's department vehicle head-on. Agent Baer and the other driver were both killed in the crash. Agent Baer was a United States Coast Guard veteran. He had served with the United States Postal Service - Office of Inspector General for over nine years and as a federal law enforcement officer with the Department of State for over four years, the Department of Commerce for a year, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for over a year. He is survived by his wife and three children.


Lieutenant Rodney Osborne

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

EOW: April 9, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: 13 Years

Lieutenant Rodney Osborne was shot and killed during a training exercise at the Corrections Training Academy at 1781 State Route 762 in Orient, Ohio. He was training at the tactical firing range just before 11:30 a.m. when the incident occurred. Lieutenant Osborne had served with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 13 years and was assigned to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, serving on the honor guard, special response team, and the statewide special tactics and response team. In the week prior to his death, he had received Employee of the Year recognition. He is survived by his wife and three children.


Firefighter John Bunardzya

Rostraver Central Fire Department, Pennsylvania

EOW: April 7, 2024 | Age: 73 | Tour: None

Rostraver Central Firefighter John Bunardzya, 73, died at his home Sunday after responding to an incident. Rostraver Central Firefighter John Bunardzya answered his final alarm Saturday night. Bunardzya, 73, died Sunday morning at his home, WPXI reported. He started fighting fires at Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Company and was a life member of North Belle Vernon Fire Department Station 80. He will be remembered for his sharp wit and dedication to the community, firefighters wrote on the department's Facebook page. Funeral arrangements will be announced.


Police Officer Ross Bartlett

Ceresco Police Department, Nebraska

EOW: April 12, 2024 | Age: 54 | Tour: 30 Years

Police Officer Ross Bartlett was killed when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle as he conducted a traffic stop on southbound Highway 77 near Little Salt Road at about 7:35 pm. He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when a pickup truck struck his vehicle in the rear, pushing it into the car he had stopped. Bystanders attempted life-saving measures on Officer Bartlett before he was flown to Bryan Health West Campus where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the car he had stopped suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision. Officer Bartlett had served with the Ceresco Police Department for seven years and had also concurrently served as an investigator with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for seven years. He had served a total of 30 years in law enforcement and had previously served with the Valentine Police Department, Boone County Sheriff's Office, Madison Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Newman Grove Police Department. He also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Ceresco Fire Department.


Chief of Police Steven Allen Singer

Lake Lafayette Police Department, Missouri

EOW: April 8, 2024 | Age: 48 | Tour: 20 Years

Chief of Police Steven Singer suffered a fatal heart attack after several subjects fled from him near the dam at Lake Lafayette shortly before 6:00 pm. He had responded to the dam for reports of people trespassing and driving utility task vehicles (UTV) in the area. As he arrived at the scene, the subjects fled from him on the UTVs. He searched the area for the subjects before clearing the call. He returned home at the end of his shift, where he suffered a fatal heart attack overnight. Chief Singer had served with the Lake Lafayette Police Department for 20 years. He had also served concurrently in a part-time capacity with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office for 16 years. He is survived by his fiancée, five children, granddaughter, parents, and siblings.


Correctional Sergeant Andrew John Faught

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

EOW: April 8, 2024 | Age: 27 | Tour: 6 Years

Correctional Sergeant Drew Faught was killed in a vehicle collision on St. Marie Road in Olney. At 7:30 a.m., Sergeant Faught was en route to a tactical call at the Lawrence Correctional Center. As he passed another vehicle in heavy fog, he crashed into another car. The driver of the other car sustained minor injuries. Correctional Sergeant Faught had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for six years and was assigned to the Tactical Response Team. He is survived by his parents and eight siblings.


Police Officer Joseph McKinney

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

EOW: April 12, 2024 | Age: 26 | Tour: 3 Years

Police Officer Joseph McKinney was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle at the intersection of Charter Avenue and Horn Lake Road at about 2:00 am. He and other officers were approaching the vehicle when the occupants opened fire on them. Officers returned fire before the car fled. The officers pursued the vehicle and took two wounded subjects into custody after it stopped. The adult subject died of his gunshot wounds and the juvenile subject suffered critical gunshot wounds. The adult subject was out on bond from an arrest the previous month in which he had been charged with possession of a modified semi-automatic weapon and two counts of grand larceny related to vehicle thefts. Officer McKinney was transported to Regional One Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Two other officers were wounded. Officer McKinney had served with the Memphis Police Department for over three years. He is survived by his wife.


Engineer Heath J. O'Shea

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Florida

EOW: April 13, 2024 | Age: 44 | Tour: None

A 20-year veteran with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Engineer Heath J. O'Shea, 44, died Saturday morning. A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue engineer who suffered a medical emergency at his station Friday night has died. Engineer Heath J. O'Shea, 44, received EMS treatment from colleagues at Station 54 before being transported to a hospital. He died early Saturday morning, according to News4JAX. O’Shea served in the department for 20 years and was assigned to Tanker-54. “Engineer O’Shea selflessly and honorably served the City of Jacksonville throughout his distinguished career and his passing will forever leave a void in this community,” according to a fire department release.


Sergeant William Marty Jackson, II

Winchester Police Department, Kentucky

EOW: April 14, 2024 | Age: 73 | Tour: 50 Years

Sergeant Marty Jackson suffered a fatal heart attack after arresting a subject for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. At 3:56 a.m., Sergeant Jackson responded to a call for service at the Clark Regional Medical Center at 175 Hospital Drive in Winchester for a subject who was combative. The subject resisted arrest, and a struggle ensued until additional officers were able to help subdue the subject. Afterward, Sergeant Jackson felt shortness of breath and chest pains. At 7:00 p.m., he suffered a medical emergency while in his police cruiser. Sergeant Jackson was transported to an area hospital where, despite life-saving measures, he was unable to be revived. Sergeant Jackson had served with the Winchester Police Department for almost 47 years and had served as the Chief of Police for the agency. He had previously served with the Paris Police Department (Kentucky) for almost four years. He is survived by his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.


Captain Todd Giles

Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Services, Tennessee

EOW: April 5, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: None

Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Services Capt. Todd Giles was stricken while on the scene of an injured person. Crews at Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Service are mourning the loss of one of their own. Capt. Todd Giles collapsed at the scene of an injured person on Friday, WATE reported. “His partner said, ‘I need another ambulance out here. Todd just went down,'” Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Service Director Danny Houseright said. “Rescue was on the scene. They had the AED on the truck. They saw him collapse. They went to work and all attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.” “Todd was a leader. He was somebody that you would go to if you wanted the truth, no matter whether it hurt or made you feel good, he always told you the truth.” Giles joined the agency in April of 1988 after serving in the U.S. Army. "Emergency medical responders are always the ones people call for help and when it’s one of your own that goes down, it affects the entire service. It puts tremendous burden on us because who do you call when we go down? You have to call one of your friends and working on one of your friends is difficult.”


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