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Anthony Lossiah

Police officer

Cherokee Indian Police Department

End of Watch: October 6, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 38
  • Tour: 17 years
  • Badge #704
  • Cause: Person
  • Incident Date: 11/08/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Police Officer Tony Lossiah succumbed to complications of an injury he suffered during a foot pursuit in Cherokee two months prior.

He was suffered a torn muscle in his hip during the pursuit. The injury resulted in internal bleeding and additional complications. He was taken to Mission Hospital, in Asheville, where he developed complications from the original injury.

Officer Lossiah had served with the Cherokee Indian Police Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Greg Alia

Police Officer

Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: September 30, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 32
  • Tour: 7 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 30/09/2015
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Arrested

Police Officer Greg Alia was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a suspicious person call at the Richland Mall shortly before 9:00 am.

A struggle ensued as the officers spoke to the subject. The man then produced a handgun and shot Officer Alia during the struggle before being taken into custody by other officers.

Officer Alia had served with the Forest Acres Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and newborn son.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police Gene Sealy
Forest Acres Police Department
5205 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC 29206

Phone: (803) 782-9444



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22607-police-officer-greg-alia#ixzz3nHlBK3zW

Rosemary Vela

Deputy Sheriff

Madison County Sheriff's Office

End of Watch: September 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 24
  • Tour: 2 years 6 months
  • Badge #7809
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 28/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Deputy Sheriff Rosemary Vela was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to backup another deputy.

She was traveling on Highway 70 West, near Huntersville, when her patrol car left the roadway during a period of heavy rain. The vehicle struck a tree and then came to rest in a creek.

Deputy Vela had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Office for five months and had previously served with the Alamo Police Department and the Crockett County Sheriff's Office. She is survived by her 5-year-old son.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff John Mehr
Madison County Sheriff's Office
546 East College Street
Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: (731) 423-6000



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22606-deputy-sheriff-rosemary-vela#ixzz3nHk0ECaF

Bill Myers

Deputy Sheriff

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: September 22, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 64
  • Tour: 26 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 22/09/2015
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff Bill Myers was shot and killed while serving a domestic violence injunction at a local attorney's office on Plew Avenue, in Shalimar, at approximately 8:20 am.

He had served the papers on the subject and was leaving the office when the man opened fire on him from behind, striking him multiple times in the back and the back of the head.

The man fled to a local hotel where he barricaded himself in a room for approximately 90 minutes. He was shot and killed by members of the agency's Special Response Team after exiting the room displaying a firearm.

Deputy Myers had served with the Okaloosa COunty Sheriff's Office for a total of 26 years. He had retired from the agency after serving 25 years and then returned as a part-time deputy in January 2015 to assist with serving civil papers.

Nathan-Michael W. Smith

Trooper

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: September 21, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 1 year 3 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 21/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Trooper Nathan-Michael Smith was killed in a single vehicle crash at approximately 7:10 am while responding to assist another trooper whom he believed to be in distress at an accident scene in Dinwiddie County

He was exiting I-295 south onto I-95 north, in Prince George County, when his patrol car left the roadway, overturned, and struck several trees. He was extricated from the vehicle and flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The call he was responding to was dispatched as CPR being performed on another trooper. It was later determined that the trooper was performing CPR on a civilian crash victim.

Trooper Smith had served with the Virginia State Police for 15 months and was assigned to the Richmond Division Area 7 Office. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

Kevin Toatley

Police Officer

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: September 19, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 40
  • Tour: 7 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 19/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

olice Officer Kevin Toatley was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction on the South Fulton Parkway, near Buffington Road, at approximately 12:30 am.

His patrol car burst into flames following the crash. The five occupants of the other vehicle, including three children, were injured in the crash.

Officer Toatley had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for seven years.


Eric Meier

Sergeant

Crawford Police Department, New York

End of Watch: September 17, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 51
  • Tour: 25 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Heart attack
  • Incident Date: 17/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Sergeant Eric Meier suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking in a remote, rugged area while searching for a marijuana grow operation.

The grow had been reported in a section of farmland and woods off of Lybolt Road, near Gordon Road. The officer he was with requested medical assistance when Sergeant Meier began to fall ill. He was brought out of the remote area and transported to Orange Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Meier had served in law enforcement for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Kyle D. Young

Trooper

Vermont State Police, Vermont

End of Watch: September 17, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 28
  • Tour: 1 year 9 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Job related illness
  • Incident Date: 17/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available
  1. Trooper Kyle Young suffered a fatal medical emergency while participating in a training session with the agency's Tactical Services Unit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho.

Trooper Young was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Vermont State Police for 21 months. He is survived by his two daughters and partner.

Richard Allen Hall

Deputy Sheriff

Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: September 16, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 45
  • Tour: 14 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Auto accident
  • Incident Date: 16/09/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Deputy Sheriff Richard Hall was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 280, just north of I-16 in Bryan County, at approximately 5:15 pm.

Deputy Hall was attempting to make a U-turn when his Department vehicle was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Deputy Hall had served with the Chatham County Sheriff's Office for 14 years

Dwight Maness

Deputy Sherifff

McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: September 14, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 47
  • Tour: 8 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gun fire
  • Incident Date: 16/09/2014
  • Weapon: AR-15
  • Offender: Sentenced to 135 years in prison

Deputy Sheriff Dwight Maness succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 11 months earlier after being ambushed while en route to a domestic disturbance at a home in Holiday Hills.


He and two other deputies had gone to the home in the 1300 block of Northeast Shore Drive after a friend of the subject's wife called to request a welfare check. The subject answered the door and stated he did not need any assistance. He invited the deputies into the home and then immediately opened fire on them with an AR-15 rifle.

Deputy Maness and one of the other deputies were both shot multiple times as they retreated for cover. The third deputy returned fire as an Island Lake Police Department officer pulled Deputy Maness to safety.

The subject who shot the deputies was arrested several hours later. He was subsequently convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 135 years in prison.

Deputy Maness was confined to a wheelchair and underwent multiple surgeries. He passed away on September 14th, 2015, while conducting a rehab session.

Deputy Maness was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He is survived by his wife.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Bill Prim
McHenry County Sheriff's Office
2200 N Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: (815) 338-2144



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22588-deputy-sheriff-dwight-maness#ixzz3ls4Q9KHh

Steven "Brett" Hawkins

Deputy Sheriff

Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch: September 13, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 34
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Heart Attack
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Deputy Sheriff Brett Hawkins suffered a fatal heart attack following an emergency response.


The call involved a frantic subject and a subsequent search of the home and large surrounding area. He suffered the heart attack several hours after returning following his shift.

Deputy Harkins had served with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office for three years. He had previously served with the Bethany Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, mother, and three siblings.



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22593-deputy-sheriff-steven-brett-hawkins#ixzz3lwZ4mpuV

Joseph Cameron Ponder

Trooper

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch: September 13, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 31
  • Tour: 9 months
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 13/09/2015
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Shot and killed

Trooper Joseph Ponder was shot and killed after conducting a vehicle stop on I-24, near Lamasco, at approximately 10:20 pm.



Trooper Ponder was on patrol when he observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle fled during the stop, leading Trooper Ponder on a nine-mile pursuit. During the chase, the driver abruptly stopped his vehicle, causing Trooper Ponder to crash into it. The man then exited his vehicle and opened fire, killing Trooper Ponder.



The subject fled the scene on foot but located in a wooded area several hours later by members of the Kentucky State Police ERT. He was shot and killed when he pointed his weapon at the officers.



Trooper Ponder was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Kentucky State Police for nine months. He was assigned to the Mayfield Station.



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22587-trooper-joseph-cameron-ponder#ixzz3lwagEfGn

John P. McKee

Deputy Chief

City University of New York Department of Public Safety, New York

End of Watch: September 12, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 49
  • Tour: 18 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: September 11th related illnes
  • Incident Date: 11/09/2011
  • Weapon: Aircraft. Terrorist attack
  • Offender: 19 terrorists

Deputy Chief John McKee died as the result of cancer he developed following his assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Following the attacks, Chief McKee spent over one month at the ground zero site coordinating the allocation of his agency's resources and personnel for the search and rescue operations. He later fell ill as a result of his exposure to the toxic materials in the area at the site.

Chief McKee had served with the City University of New York Department of Public Safety for 18 years and he was second in command of the agency. He is survived by his wife.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers killed in this terrorist attack.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Director of Public Safety William Barry
City University of New York Department of Public Safety
205 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017



Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/22592-deputy-chief-john-p-mckee#ixzz3lwcB7aTE

Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

Lietenant

Fox Lake Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: September 1, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 52
  • Tour: 32 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 01/09/2015
  • Weapon: Gun
  • Offender: Not available

Lieutenant Charles Gliniewicz was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity.

At approximately 8:00am, Lieutenant Gliniewicz radioed his dispatcher that he was stopping to investigate three suspicious males that he observed near Route 12 and Sayton Road in Fox Lake. Shortly thereafter, he radioed in a foot pursuit. When backup officers arrived, the found Lieutenant mortally wounded. They also discovered that items were missing from his duty belt, including his firearm.

The suspects fled and remain at large.

Lieutenant Gliniewicz had served with the Lake County Police Department for 32 years and is a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife and four children.

James M. Bava

Trioper

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: August 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 25
  • Tour: 2 years 2 months
  • Badge #162
  • Cause: Automobile accident
  • Incident Date: 28/08/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Trooper James Bava was killed in a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway FF and County Road 977, in Audrain County, shortly before 8:30 am.


He was initiating a traffic stop of a motorcycle when his patrol car crashed.

Trooper Bava had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.


Darren Goforth

Deputy Sheriff

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: August 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 47
  • Tour: 10 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 28/08/2015
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Apprehanded

Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West Road and Telge Road, in Cypress.

Deputy Goforth was on patrol and had completed an assignment at the scene of a vehicle collision. He when to a local gas station to fuel his patrol car. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, a male subject walked up behind him, and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, the subject shot him several more times before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck.

The suspect was apprehended several hours later after a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area.

Deputy Goforth had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Chad H. Wolf

Trooper

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: August 28, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 38
  • Tour: 7 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Motorcycle accident
  • Incident Date: 13/12/1901
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Trooper Chad Wolf was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.


Trooper Wolf was on motorcycle patrol and traveling northbound in the right lane of Dixie Highway and crossing over southbound I-75 when a vehicle towing an empty trailer traveling in the left lane quickly changed lanes in an attempt to access the I-75 entrance ramp. As the vehicle changed lanes, it struck Trooper Wolf's motorcycle. Trooper Wolf was dragged for several miles on I-75 before the driver pulled over at a rest area.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Trooper Wolf cooperated with the investigation and was released without charges.

Trooper Wolf served with the Michigan State Police for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


Henry Nelsonuisiana

Police Officer

Sunset Police Department, Lousiana

End of Watch: August 26, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 51
  • Tour: 13 years
  • Badge #Not available
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 26/08/2015
  • Weapon: Gun
  • Offender: In custody

Police Officer Henry Nelson was shot and killed at approximately 3:00 pm while responding to a domestic disturbance call where three women had been stabbed by a male subject at a home on Anna Street in Sunset. When Officer Nelson arrived the subject opened fire and fatally wounded him.

The subject fled the scene and crashed his vehicle into a nearby gas station where he barricaded himself for several hours. He was apprehended after a SWAT team made entry into the gas station.

Officer Nelson was airlifted to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. One of the three stabbing victims also died.

Officer Nelson had served with the six-person Sunset Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his daughter.

Peggy Vassallo

Sergeant

Neighbors Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: August 24, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 53
  • Tour: 29 years
  • Badge #182
  • Cause: Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date: 24/08/2015
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

Sergeant Peggy Vassallo was struck and killed by a vehicle while rendering aid to another driver after being involved in an accident shortly before 8:00 am.


Sergeant Vassallo, who was in full uniform, was en route to work when she was involved in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Lindbergh Blvd and Old Jamestown Rd, in St. Louis County. The other driver was complaining of neck pain, prompting Sergeant Vassallo to contact dispatchers to request medical assistance.

As she was speaking to dispatchers another vehicle entered the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle swerved around Sergeant Vassallo's car and struck her, causing critical injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries several hours later.

Sergeant Vassallo had served with the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department for 15 years and had previously served with the St. Louis County Police Department for over 13 years. She is survived by her husband, son, and two grandchildren. Sergeant Vassallo was a member of the Police Unity Tour.


Steven Vincent

Senior Trooper

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

End of Watch: August 24, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

  • Age: 43
  • Tour: 24 years
  • Badge #D-57
  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: 23/08/2015
  • Weapon: Shotgun
  • Offender: Apprehanded

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent was shot and killed while checking on a vehicle that was being operated by a suspected intoxicated driver near the intersection of Highway 14 and Fruge Road, near Bell City.


Trooper Vincent was on patrol when he spotted a vehicle from a previous reckless driving report. The vehicle in question had driven off the road and was stuck in a ditch. Trooper Vincent approached the vehicle and began speaking with the occupant and then ordered him to exit the vehicle. The male exited the vehicle with a sawed off shotgun in his hand and opened fire, striking Trooper Vincent in the head. The man then taunted Trooper Vincent as he lay on the ground mortally wounded.

A passing motorist witnessed the incident, stopped his vehicle and tackled the subject. He then wrestled the shotgun away from the man while additional civilians who stopped to assist, utilized Trooper Vincent's handcuffs to cuff and take the subject into custody. They then called for assistance and rendered aid to Trooper Vincent.

Trooper Vincent was taken to Lake Charles Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.

Trooper Vincent was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the Louisiana State Police for 13 years and had previously served with the Lake Charles Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.


Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page