Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen
The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Trooper Adam M. Bowen, 28
Virginia State Police
June 24, 2011 – Trooper Adam Bowen was killed in an automobile crash while responding to assist a Virginia State Police narcotics agent. Trooper Bowen’s car collided with an oncoming vehicle and then spun into a utility pole.
The trooper’s patrol car split in half upon impact with the pole, sending the front section of the car into a parking lot where it came to rest after striking three other vehicles. Trooper Bowen died at the scene of the crash. He is survived by his parents and fiancée.
Sergeant Darrell Curley, 48
Navajo Division of Public Safety – Tribal Police
June 26, 2011 – Sergeant Darrell Curley was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance between two brothers. While Sgt. Curley was attempting to arrest the two men the father of the brothers opened fire, wounding Sgt. Curley and a second officer. Sgt Curley was able to return fire at the scene, but succumbed to his wounds. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and siblings.
Officer Russell Anthony George, 47
Ball Louisiana Police Department
June 26, 2011 – Officer Russell George was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call for assistance from another officer. His patrol car hit an abandoned bicycle lying in the roadway and spun out of control, striking several trees. The car then caught fire and became engulfed in flames. Officer George died at the scene. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two step-daughters, mother, and four siblings.
Deputy Sheriff Charles Allen VanMeter, 27
Brazoria County Texas Sheriff’s Office
June 26, 2011 – Deputy Charles VanMeter was killed in an automobile accident when an oncoming vehicle turned in front of the deputy’s approaching patrol car. He is survived by his parents, siblings, and grandparents.
Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly, 28
Berks County Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Department
June 29, 2011 – Deputy Kyle Pagerly was shot and killed while serving a warrant as part of a fugitive task force. When officers arrived at the suspect’s residence, he fled on foot. Deputy Pagerly and his K-9 pursued the suspect. When the suspect was located he opened fire with an AK-47, striking Deputy Pagerly in the head. Other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect. A note written by the suspect was later found, giving investigators reason to believe the suspect shot Deputy Pagerly to initiate a suicide-by-cop. Deputy Pagerly is survived by his expectant wife.