Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


Detective Tommy Keen, 59

Harris County Texas Sheriffs Department


Detective Keen died on September 15, 2008, from accidental injuries he received while assisting with the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Ike. Detective Keen leaves behind a wife and son.

Pilot Stephen Bunker

Trooper Mickey Lippy, 34

Maryland State Police


Pilot Bunker and Trooper Lippy were both killed on September 28, 2008, when their helicopter crashed after encountering bad weather. The troopers were transporting two accident victims to the hospital when the crash occurred. One of the accident victims also died in the crash. Trooper Lippy leaves behind a wife and four-month-old daughter.

Officer Nathaniel Taylor, Jr., 39

Chicago Police Department


Officer Taylor, a member of the gang and narcotics unit, was shot and killed on September 28, 2008, while serving a search warrant at a private residence. The suspect was wounded during an exchange of gunfire with other officers at the scene. Officer Taylor leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Sergeant Robert Douglas

Oklahoma City Police Department


Sergeant Douglas died on September 28, 2008, as a result of injuries he’d received in a 2003 motorcycle accident. His motorcycle was struck by a car and he was thrown in the path of a passing truck. Officer Douglas had been in a coma since the 2003 accident. He leaves behind a wife and six-year-old son.

Corrections Officer Douglas Falconer, 46


Arizona Department of Corrections

Officer Falconer suffered a fatal heart attack on October 1, 2008,  while supervising an inmate firefighting crew. The crew was in the act of fighting a wildfire when Officer Falconer became ill. Members of the inmate crew attempted, unsuccessfully, to perform lifesaving techniques on the officer. Officer Falconer is survived by his wife.