Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


Deputy Sheriff Christopher Yonkers, 43

Barry County Michigan Sheriffs Office


Deputy Yonkers was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 17, 2008, while working an undercover drug deal. He leaves behind a wife and five children.

Sergeant Michael King, 50

University City Missouri Police Department


Sergeant King was shot and killed on October 31, 2008, while sitting in his patrol car at an intersection. He is survived by his wife.

Officer Frank Russo, 47

Schaumburg Illinois Police Department


Officer Russo suffered a fatal heart attack on November 1, 2008, while struggling to arrest a criminal suspect. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, sister, and parents.

Officer Nathaniel Burnfield, 27

South Strabane Township Pennsylvania Police Department

Officer Burnfield was struck and killed by a dump truck while he worked an accident scene.

Detective Joseph Airhart, Jr.

Chicago Police Department


On November 4, 2008, Detective Airhart succumbed to gunshot wounds he received seven years earlier during a raid on the home of a bank robbery suspect. The shooter received a sentence of life plus 132 years for the shooting and robbery.

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