Honoring 6 Fallen Heroes


Investigator John Hampton Coddou, III

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

EOW: April 23, 2024 | Age: 50 | Tour: 20 Years

Investigator John Coddou was struck and killed while helping at the scene of a vehicle crash on the Grand Parkway in Houston. At 9:30 a.m., Investigator Coddou responded to a minor collision near the Cumberland Ridge Drive intersection. He parked on the center median with his lights activated. A truck traveling north swerved to avoid hitting the patrol vehicle and struck Investigator Coddou in the median. He was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Investigator Coddou was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and mother


Police Officer Kyle Hicks

Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

EOW: April 24, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: 4 Years

Police Officer Kyle Hicks succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 4900 block of Burnham Drive. He and another officer located the apartment at about 12:30 am and could hear a man and woman arguing inside. A male subject came to the door, and a struggle ensued, during which Officer Hicks was shot. The other officer was able to return fire and killed the subject. Officer Hicks was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. His organs were donated. Officer Hicks had served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


Sergeant Ian Taylor

Billerica Police Department, Massachusetts

EOW: April 26, 2024 | Age: 49 | Tour: 21 Years

Sergeant Ian Taylor was struck and killed by a piece of construction equipment while working an overtime assignment at the intersection of Boston Road and Pollard Street at about 2:00 pm. He was assisting a tractor-trailer pass through the construction zone when he was struck by an excavator that was backing up. Sergeant Taylor was transported to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Sergeant Taylor had served with the Billerica Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Lawrence Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


Police Officer Russell Croxton

Dubach Police Department, Louisiana

EOW: April 27, 2024 | Age: 51 | Tour: None

Police Officer Russell Croxton was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on US 167 near Robert Lane shortly after 1:00 pm. The vehicle he was pulling over stopped in the right travel lane of the four-lane highway. As Officer Croxton spoke with the driver a tractor-trailer failed to move over and struck the back of his patrol truck before striking him and the other vehicle. Officer Croxton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Croxton's father, Sergeant Raymond Croxton, was killed in the line of duty on May 23, 1978, when he was involved in a crash during a vehicle pursuit while serving with the Ruston Police Department.


Chief Leland Alexander

Milledgeville Volunteer Fire Department, Tennessee

EOW: April 27, 2024 | Age: 78 | Tour: None

On Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, Chief Leland Alexander was traveling in a pumper/tanker during a thunderstorm, to a fire hydrant to fill it with water from a residential fire that had started the night before. The pumper/tanker dropped off the right shoulder of the road and when he attempted to correct, he lost control of the apparatus. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained for an extended period of time, undergoing numerous surgeries. He returned home but was transported back to the hospital recently where it was determined he had an infection and internal bleeding. Chief Alexander passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from the injuries he sustained in the accident.


Firefighter John Norris Raisler

Montana State Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana

EOW: April 16, 2024 | Age: 59 | Tour: None

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, Firefighter John Norris Raisler suffered a medical emergency during a practice for a pack test. CPR was immediately performed and he was then transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.


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