The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.
Detective John Falcone, 44
Poughkeepsie New York Police Department
February 18, 2011 – Detective John Falcone responded to a shots-fired call and a found a man holding a 3-year-old child while waving a gun. The detective managed to rescue and hand the the child to a bystander before attempting to arrest the suspect. During the struggle to restrain the man Detective Falcone was shot in the head and killed. Shortly after, officers found the body of the suspect’s wife. She, too, had been shot in the head.
Detective Falcone is survived by his parents.
Captain John I. (Jay) McDonough, 52
Volusia County Florida Beach Patrol
February 16, 2011 – Captain Jay McDonough suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a department training exercise. He is survived by his wife, son, father, sister, and brother.
Correctional Officer Edward Pounds, 44
North Carolina Department of Correction
January 9, 2010 – Correctional Officer Edwards Pounds succumbed to injuries sustained when he was assaulted by an inmate.
Officer David S. Crawford, 46
St. Petersburg Florida Police Department
February 21, 2011 – Officer David Crawford was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire after responding to a “suspicious person” call. His killer, a 16-year-old male, was arrested shortly after the shooting.
Park Ranger Chris Nickel, 54
United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service
January 29, 2011 – Ranger Chris Nickel suffered a fatal heart attack while patrolling in San Juan County, Utah. A hiker found his body on a trail and tried to get help, but Ranger Nickel was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by his wife and parents.