Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of these brave officers.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Smith, 44

Upton County Texas Sheriff’s Department

June 8, 2012 – Deputy Michael Smith was killed in a head-on collision with a truck that had crossed over the center line. Deputy Smith was responding to a fire when the crash occurred. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.

Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Charles Hester, 39

Bladen County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office

June 8, 2012 – While answering an assault call, Deputy Dwayne Hester was killed when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff William Charles “Charley” Coen, 57

Harper County Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office

June 10, 2012 – Reserve Deputy Charley Coen was killed in a vehicle crash when his car left the roadway while responding to backup another officer. Deputy Coen was trapped inside his patrol car and died of smoke inhalation before rescue units could arrive. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Crapse, Sr.

Bryan County Georgia Sheriff’s Office

June 15, 2012 – Deputy Bobby Crapse was killed in a head-on collision with a Toyota Corolla that was traveling in the wrong direction with the headlights off on I95 in Chatham County, near Savannah. The deputy’s canine partner suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota, Patricia Ann Collins, 23, was airlifted to a local hospital. Deputy Crapse is survived by his wife and three children.