Honoring 4 Fallen Heroes


Captain Derrick L. Nester

Wyomissing Fire Department, Pennsylvania

EOW: May 6, 2024 | Age: 43 | Tour: None

Captain Derrick L. Nester was working an overtime shift on Sunday, May 5, 2024, when he responded to numerous calls, the last one being a residential structure fire. After his shift, he returned home. When he did not show up for his regular tour of duty on the evening of Monday, May 6, 2024, fellow firefighters attempted to contact Captain Nester with no success. He was found deceased by his fire chief at home from an apparent heart attack.


Police Officer Jacob Derbin

Euclid Police Department, Ohio

EOW: May 11, 2024 | Age: 23 | Tour: 10 Months

Police Officer Jacob Derbin was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call in the 300 block of East 211th Street at about 9:55 pm. He was ambushed by a subject after he arrived at the location. The man who shot him, who is a convicted felon and was wanted for violating conditions of his community supervision, fled the scene. Officer Derbin was transported to University Hospitals where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was found dead from a gunshot wound the next day. Officer Derbin had served with the Euclid Police Department for 10 months. He is survived by his fiancee.


Dispatcher Antoinette Finau

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, California

EOW: May 7, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: None

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — An emergency services dispatcher was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver while on her way to work Sunday night in San Leandro, according to authorities. The two-vehicle collision happened around 11:15 p.m. at the intersection of East 14th Street and 150th Avenue, the San Leandro Police Department said in a news release. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she died of her injuries. She was identified as Antoinette Finau, an emergency services dispatcher with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Finau was on her way to work when the crash happened, according to police. An investigation revealed her car was broadsided and rolled over as she went through the intersection. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured in the crash. Police said she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. “The San Leandro Police Department offers our condolences to the family of the victim as well as the men and women of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office,” said Lt. Jeffrey Walton. “This is a tragic loss of life and a painful reminder of the dangers of driving while impaired.”


Captain Andy Heiney

Laurens County EMS, South Carolina

EOW: May 5, 2024 | Age: None | Tour: 20 Years

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. — The Laurens County community is grieving the loss of Captain Andy Heiney, a committed paramedic for more than two decades. Laurens County EMS announced that Heiney passed away this past weekend, Fox Carolina reported. Over the last 20 years, Heiney dedicated his career to serving the community as a paramedic, lieutenant and captain. “Andy was not only a valued member of our community, but also a beacon of hope and care for those in need,” said Laurens County EMS. “His unwavering commitment to saving lives and providing comfort during times of crisis touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. In times of need, Andy exemplified professionalism, courage and selflessness. His dedication to serving others was truly exemplary and serves as an inspiration to us all.”


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