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Fallen Heroes

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Ronald Tarentino, Jr.

Police Officer

Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: May 22, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 42
  • Tour: 2 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 22/05/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, at approximately 12:30 am.

An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene and was located and shot and killed on the same day.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children

David Glasser

Police officer

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: May 19, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 12 years
  • Badge #8144
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 18/05/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Police Officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

The homeowner had called 911 to report that his son was stealing items from the home. As officers arrived on the scene they encountered the son sitting in a van in the driveway. The subject immediately opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Glasser. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Officer Glasser was flown to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds the following day.

Officer Glasser had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Sean R. Johnson

Police Officer

Hilliard Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: May 19, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 46
  • Tour: 16 years
  • Badge #647
  • Cause: Motorcycle accident
  • Incident Date: 19/05/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Police Officer Sean Johnson was killed in a motorcycle accident while taking part in a department motorcycle training program.


He had recently transferred from the Patrol Bureau to the Traffic Safety Unit. Officer Johnson and three other members of the unit were participating in a two-week-long training program with the motorcycles. As Officer Johnson traveled on the ramp from I-270 south to S.R. 161 east he was involved in a collision and died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Officer Johnson served with the Hilliard Division of Police for 16 years and had previously served with the Ohio Investigative Unit, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Air Force. He is survived by his mother and two children.


Brad Lancaster

Detective

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: May 9, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 33
  • Tour: 10 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gun fire
  • Incident Date: 09/05/2016
  • Weapon: Gun
  • Offender: Wounded

Detective Brad Lancaster was shot and killed while assisting patrol officers who had responded to a suspicious person call at the Hollywood Casino at approximately 12:20 pm.

The subject had fled from the responding officers on foot, but was located by Detective Lancaster in a nearby field. The man opened fire on Detective Lancaster, striking him twice before stealing his unmarked vehicle and fleeing the scene. He carjacked another vehicle a short distance away and abducted two children who were in the backseat. The man then carjacked a second vehicle and fled into Kansas City, Missouri, where he was located by officers.

He shot a citizen while attempting to carjack a third vehicle after crashing the car he was in during a pursuit. A Kansas City, Missouri, police officer shot the subject and then took him into custody.

Detective Lancaster had served with the Kansas City Police Department for 10 years.


Anthony "TJ" Freeman

Investigator

Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: May 5, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 29
  • Tour: 7 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Pursuit
  • Incident Date: 05/05/2016
  • Weapon: Automobile
  • Offender: In custody
Investigator TJ Freeman was killed when his patrol vehicle was rammed by a suspect vehicle during a pursuit at approximately 3:00 am.

Another deputy had initiated the pursuit after encountering the suspicious vehicle that contained a wanted subject. The pursuit traveled down Columbus Road where the fleeing vehicle drove into Investigator Freeman's vehicle at the intersection with Buena Vista Drive.

Investigator Freeman was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His canine partner was in the vehicle at the time but was not injured.

The wanted subject was taken into custody with minor injuries from the collision.

Investigator Freeman had served with the Macon Police Department and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for a total of seven years and was assigned to the Narcotics Division. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Jorge Ramos

Sergeant

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: May 1, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 39
  • Tour: 9 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Heart attack
  • Incident Date: 29/04/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Sergeant Jorge Ramos died two days after collapsing during a statewide Correctional Emergency Response Team competition being hosted at the Sumter Correctional Institution, in Bushnell, Florida.

He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he remained until passing away.

Sergeant Ramos had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for nine years and was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.

Jose Daniel Barraza

Border Patrol Agent

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: April 18, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 29
  • Tour: 7 years 8 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 18/04/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Border Patrol Agent Jose Barraza was killed in a vehicle crash on I-10, near Fort Hancock, Texas, at approximately 7:30 am.

He was nearing the end of his shift when his patrol truck collided with the rear of a semi near mile marker 78. Agent Barraza was killed at the scene. His canine partner suffered minor injuries.

Agent Barraza had served with the United States Border Patrol for almost eight years and was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and mother.

Steven Michael Smith

Police officer

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: April 12, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 54
  • Tour: 27 years
  • Badge #1386
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 10/04/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Arrested

Police Officer Steven Smith succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier as the SWAT team attempted to serve a felony arson warrant at an apartment at 14 West California Avenue.

Officer Smith was riding in the turret of an armored vehicle as it approached the apartment building when he was struck by one round. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to the wound.

The wanted subject was taken into custody following the shooting.

Officer Smith had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Chad Phillip Dermyer

Trooper

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: April 9, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 37
  • Tour: 1 year 5 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 31/03/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot and killed while speaking to a suspicious person inside the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond, Virginia, at approximately 2:45 pm.

He and other officers were participating in an interdiction training course and were conducting stops of suspects. He spoke to the man briefly before the man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire, hitting him. Other officers who were on scene shot and killed the subject when the man opened fire on them following a short foot pursuit inside the bus terminal.

Trooper Dermyer was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

Trooper Dermyer was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 17 months and had previously served with the Newport News Police Department, Jackson, Michigan, Police Department, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and sister.

Carlos Puente-Morales

Police officer

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: March 26, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 34
  • Tour: 5 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 26/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available
Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales and Police Officer Susan Farrell were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way driver on I-80, at mile marker 117.

They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

Officer Puente-Morales had served with the Des Moines Police Department for five months and had previously served with the Ottumwa Police Department. He was a member of the Army National Guard.

Jeffrey Nichols

Trooper

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: March 26, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 5 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 26/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was killed in a single vehicle crash while on patrol in Lamar County, Texas, at approximately 11:00 pm.

His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree on FM 38, approximately one half mile north of County Road 35450, in Tigertown.

Trooper Nichols had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for five years. He is survived by his parents.

Susan Louise Farrell

Police officer

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: March 26, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 5 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 26/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Police Officer Susan Farrell and Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way driver on I-80, at mile marker 117.


They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

Officer Farrell had served with the Des Moines Police Department for only five months and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for several years.

Carl A. Koontz

Deputy Sheriff

Howard County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: March 20, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 2 years
  • Badge #3476
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 20/03/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff Carl Koontz was shot and killed as he and other deputies served arrest and search warrants in connection to a narcotics case.

The deputies received no response from inside the mobile home, on the 300 block of Chandler Street in Russiaville, when they knocked on the door and announced themselves at approximately 12:30 am. As they entered the home the subject opened fire on them, striking Deputy Koontz and a sheriff's sergeant.

A Russiaville police officer and other deputies were able to pull both wounded deputies from the home. They were both transported to a local hospital before being flown to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Deputy Koontz succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.

The subject was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound several hours later after a SWAT team made entry into the home.

Deputy Koontz had served with the Howard County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and son.

Allen Lee Jacobs

Police officer

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: March 18, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 28
  • Tour: 4 years 6 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 18/03/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Committed suicide

Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was shot multiple times as he and other Crime Response Team officers attempted to serve a warrant on a wanted gang member at a home near Rebecca Street and Ackley Road, in the Nicholtown neighborhood.

When the subject saw the officers he fled on foot onto a wooded path with officers in pursuit. He was chased into the backyard of a home where he fatally shot Officer Jacobs. He was able to continue fleeing but encountered other officers who had been posted on a perimeter. He committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.

Other officers rendered aid to Officer Jacobs, who was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Jacobs was a decorated United States Army veteran and served with the Greenville Police Department for four and one-half years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two sons.

Thomas Clardy

Trooper

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch: March 16, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 44
  • Tour: 10 years
  • Badge #3090
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 16/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Trooper Thomas Clardy died from injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision.

Trooper Clardy was conducting a vehicle stop when his unmarked vehicle was struck by a passing car that was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Trooper Clardy was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was struck the patrol car was charged in a criminal summons with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Trooper Clardy served with the Massachusetts State Police for 10 years and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and six children.

David Ortiz

Patrolman

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: March 14, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 9 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Motorcycle accident
  • Incident Date: 10/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Patrolman David Ortiz succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck from behind at the intersection of Lee Trevino Drive and Vista Del Sol Drive.

The impact pushed his motorcycle into the vehicle in front of him, and became trapped underneath one of the vehicles involved in the crash. He was able to pulled from underneath the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his inuries.

Patrolman Ortiz had served with the El Paso Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Pebble Hills Region Command.

Joseph G. Portaro

First Sergeant

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: March 14, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 50
  • Tour: 17 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Heart attack
  • Incident Date: 14/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

First Sergeant Joseph Portaro suffered a medical emergency while participating in a physical fitness run near the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he served as the Deputy Director of Training.

He was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

Sergeant Portaro had served with the West Virginia State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Jacai D. Colson

Police officer

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: March 13, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 28
  • Tour: 4 years
  • Badge #3693
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 13/03/2016
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shit and sounded

Police Officer Jacai Colson was shot and killed from ambush at the Prince George's County Police Department's District III police station at 7600 Barlowe Road.

At approximately 4:30 pm two men fired shots at the police station in an attempt to lure officers outside. Responding officers, including Officer Colson, exchanged shots with one of the men. Officer Colson and one of the subjects were shot. They were both transported to a local hospital where Officer Colson died.

The second subject was arrested in a nearby fast food restaurant.

Officer Colson had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for four years.

Nathan Taylor

Police officer

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: March 13, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 6 years
  • Badge #20154
  • Cause: Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date: 19/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Officer Nathan Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on I-80, near Donnor Summit.

He was directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident when a vehicle suddenly changed lanes and accelerated past slowing traffic. The vehicle struck Officer Taylor, causing him to be thrown into the median. He suffered two broken legs and internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Officer Taylor had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, parents, and two brothers. One of his brothers also serves with the California Highway Patrol.

John Robert Kotfila, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: March 12, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 30
  • Tour: 6 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 12/03/2016
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Deceased

Deputy Sheriff John Kotfila was killed in a head-on collision with a vehicle that was driving the wrong direction on the Selmon Expressway, at the Brandon Express exit near I-75, at approximately 3:00 am.

He was returning to the station after investigating an unrelated traffic accident when a driver entered the expressway heading west in the eastbound lanes, causing a head-on collision. The wrong-way driver died at the scene. Deputy Kotfila was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he later died.

Deputy Kotfila had served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for six years.

Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page