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.

Sergeant Lance Allen “Lou” McLean, 38

Hood County Texas Sheriff’s Office

June 29, 2013 – Sergeant Lance McLean was the first officer to arrive at a disturbance call where a man awaiting trial for sexually assaulting a girl had shown up at the girl’s residence. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking Sergeant McLean in the head. The man fled but was later killed in a shootout with other deputies, after he began firing at them with a semi-automatic rifle. Another deputy was wounded during the gunfire, but survived.

Sergeant McLean was flown to the hospital but died the next day. He is survived by his wife, two special needs children, mother, brother, and his grandparents.

Sergeant John C. LaRose, 50

Pennsylvania State Police

July 1, 2013 – Sergeant John LaRose was killed when his patrol vehicle lost traction in a curve on wet roadway, causing him to cross the center line, striking an oncoming car. Sergeant LaRose had served with the state police for 23 years and was station commander of the Emporium Barracks. He is survived by his wife and four children.