Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Director Tom Clements, 58

Colorado Department of Corrections

March 19, 2013 – Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was assassinated at his home by a former inmate. Director Clements is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Sergeant Gilbert Cortez, 46

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

March 25, 2013 – Sgt. Gilbert Cortez was killed in an automobile crash when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. His loyal K-9, Mattie, was also killed in the crash. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.

Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati, 39

Federal Bureau of Prisons

February 26, 2013 – Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati was shot and killed by several gunmen, an act that was believed to be retaliation for Lt. Albarati’s investigation of a cell phone smuggling operation. Several inmates and another officer are all believed to have played a part in the murder. Lt. Albarati is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son.

Director Larry Johnson

Arkansas Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force

March 26, 2013 – Director Larry Johnson suffered a fatal heart attack while in foot pursuit of a suspect.

Trooper James, Sauter, 28

Illinois State Police

March 28, 2013 – Trooper James Sauter was stopped in the left roadway shoulder when a tractor trailer rear-ended his parked patrol car. Both vehicles quickly became engulfed in flames, and Trooper Sauter died at the scene. He is survived by his wife and family.

*Line of duty deaths are on the rise in 2013. In fact, auto-related deaths are 50% higher than at this time last year. There is an 18% increase in the number of officers killed by gunfire.