The Graveyard Shift offers our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” Rogers, 49
Aiken South Carolina Department of Public Safety
January 28, 2012 – Master Corporal Sandy Rogers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. She called in her stop, stating that she was approaching a blue car. Later, when she failed to respond to radio calls, she was found shot to death. The suspect, unknown to Corporal Rogers, was involved in another shooting earlier that day.
Officer William Talbert, 64
Montgomery County Maryland Police Department
January 27, 2012 – In 1983, Officer Bill Talbert was struck by a drunk driver, pinning him between two vehicles. He died, though, as the result of contracting Hepatitis C following a blood transfusion he’d received at the hospital the night of the accident. Officer Talbert leaves behind his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister. One son currently serves with the Maryland State Police.
Correctional Officer Tracy Hardin
Nevada Department of Corrections
January 20, 2012 – Officer Tracy Hardin was attacked by an inmate, and during the struggle he received an injury to his ankle. Later, while leaving the prison parking lot, it’s believed that a blot clot dislodged from the damaged ankle, causing him to suffer a fatal heart attack. Fellow officers attempted CPR but their efforts were unsuccessful.