Honoring 2 Fallen Heroes


Chief Benny Filiaggi

Montgomery Fire Department, West Virginia

EOW: June 14, 2024 | Age: 62 | Tour: None

On Friday, June 14, 2024, Chief Benny Filiaggi was on official paid duty working at his residence performing administrative functions for the department. He had spoken to the mayor earlier in the morning and informed him that he did not feel well. His son attempted to contact him but was unsuccessful. Chief Filiaggi was found unresponsive in his home and was immediately transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.


Deputy Sheriff Bradley J. Reckling

Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

EOW: June 22, 2024 | Age: 30 | Tour: 9 Years

Deputy Sheriff Bradley Reckling was shot and killed while conducting surveillance on a stolen vehicle in Detroit at about 10:00 pm. He and other detectives with the Auto Theft Unit were searching for a car stolen from the Red Oaks Water Park earlier in the day. Detective Reckling located the vehicle with three occupants and started following it as he coordinated with the other detectives. While he continued surveillance of the vehicle the driver suddenly stopped, and the occupants opened fire on Deputy Reckling's vehicle. Deputy Reckling was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The three occupants of the vehicle fled but were apprehended a short time later. Deputy Reckling had served with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for nine years and was assigned to the Auto Theft Unit. He had received numerous awards during his career. He is survived by his expectant wife and three children.


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