Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen
The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Senior Corrections Officer John H. “Packy” Paskewicz, 58
Maine Department of Corrections
November 16, 2010 – Officer John “Packy” Paskewicz suffered a fatal heart while undergoing training against edged weapon attacks. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Nam war, serving in both the Army and Navy, and he’d served as a corrections officer for 20 years.
Deputy Sheriff Sam Brownlee, 43
Weld County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
November 23, 2010 – Deputy Sam Brownlee was involved in a high speed pursuit (107mph) of a wanted suspect (a known gang member) when other officers deployed stop sticks. The suspect’s car was then disabled and Deputy Brownlee, along with officers from other departments, attempted to arrest him, an effort the suspect violently resisted. Officers then used a Taser but the probes didn’t stick so the scuffle continued. The man was somehow able to gain control of Deputy Brownlee’s service weapon, which he used to shoot Brownlee in the face and twice in the chest. An Evans PD officer returned fire, shooting the suspect. Both Deputy Brownlee and the suspect were transported to the local hospital where they both died as a result of their gunshot wounds.
Deputy Brownlee is survived by his wife.
Officer Patrick Sirois, 50
United States Department of Defense – Fort Hood Police Department
November 23, 2010 – Officer Patrick Sirois died doing exactly what he known for…helping others. He’d stopped to assist a stranded motorist when a car driven by a teenager struck the disabled pickup truck, pinning Officer Sirois against the guardrail. Moments before the crash, Sirois realized the approaching danger and managed to push the motorist to safety. He was unharmed. Officer Sirois was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by his fiancee.
Thanks for your kind words, and we’re truly sorry for your community’s loss of Deputy Brownlee.
You know, I read these posts every week. And every week, I feel sorrow for the Sheepdogs who have fallen.
This week, my heart’s broken just a little bit more than usual. Deputy Brownlee was killed less than thirty minutes away from me; it’s the first line-of-duty death Weld County has had in sixty years.
I don’t think I’ve said it before, but thank you for taking the time to remember our heroes every week.