Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


The Graveyard Shift offers its condolences to the families of these brave officers.

Detective Fermin “Sonny” Archer, 48

New York City Police Department

July 14, 2011 – Detective Fermin “Sonny” Archer died from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident while on duty with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

Officer James Ryan McCandless, 28

Rapid City South Dakota Police Department

August 2, 2011 – Officer Ryan McCandless was shot and killed as he and two other officers questioned four suspicious subjects. During the questioning, a suspect pulled out a handgun and began firing, striking all three officers. The suspect was killed by the officer’s return gunfire. Officer McCandless was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. He is survived by his fiancée.

Deputy Sheriff David Jennings Dawson, III, 21

Greene County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office

August 1, 2011 – Deputy David Dawson was killed when his patrol car left the highway and struck a tree. He was responding to assist another officer when the crash occurred.

Trooper Frederick “Fred” F. Guthrie, Jr., 46

Missouri State Highway Patrol

August 1, 2011 – Trooper Fred Guthrie is presumed drowned after being swept into flood waters. The body of his canine partner, Reed, was found floating approximately 100 yards to the west from Trooper Guthrie’s still-running truck. Searchers are still in the area using helicopters, sonar, and other recovery equipment.

Detective Tina Rambo, 35

Ocean County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office

August 1, 2011 – Detective Tina Rambo was killed in an automobile accident when an oncoming car crossed the center line and struck her department vehicle head-on. She is survived by her husband, two children, and three siblings.

Deputy Sheriff Bryan P. Gross, 29

Converse County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office

July 28, 2011 – Deputy Sheriff Bryan Gross drowned while attempting to save a teenage girl who had jumped into the river after fighting with her boyfriend. The girl was eventually rescued by bystanders, but Deputy Gross was swept away in the swift current. His body was found four days later.

Officer Daniel Ackerman, 31

Buena Park California Police Department

July 30, 2011 – Officer Daniel Ackerman collapsed during a SWAT training exercise. He was transported to the hospital where he passed away. He is survived by his daughter, mother, and sister.

Officer Russell M. Willingham, Jr., 28

Winston-Salem North Carolina Police Department

July 30, 2011 – Officer Russell Willingham was responding to backup another officer when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. He called dispatch to advise them that he was pinned inside the car and needed assistance. A few moments later he called again to say his car was then on fire. When rescue units arrived they found Officer Willingham’s car fully engulfed in flames. He died at the scene.


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