Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


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Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27

United States Marshal Service

March 10, 2015 – Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a double-murder suspect.

He is survived by his expectant wife, his parents, and seven siblings. His father and three brothers all currently serve as law enforcement officers.

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Officer Burke Rhoads, 35

Nicholasville Kentucky Police Department

March 11, 2015 – Officer Burke Rhoads was killed in a car crash when another vehicle turned in front of his patrol car.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy Sheriff Johnny Gatson, 58

Warren county Mississippi Sheriff’s Office

March 10, 2015 – Deputy Johnny Gatson died as a result of injuries received in a February 2015 vehicle crash.

He is survived by his wife.

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Special Agent William Sheldon, 47

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

March 2, 2015 – Special Agent William Sheldon died of cancer he contracted as a direct result of his participation in the 2011 search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.

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Deputy Sheriff Robert Condall, 50

Orleans Louisiana Parish Sheriff’s Office

January 28, 2015 – Deputy Robert Condall suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting another deputy who’d called for emergency assistance.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Lieutenant C. Scott Travis, 55

Bullitt County Kentucky Detention Center

March 5, 2015 – Lt. C. Scott Travis suffered a fatal heart attack after clearing heavy snow from the area around the cars of several co-workers.

He is survived by his mother and eight siblings.

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*We’d like to take a moment to recognize the officers who were injured and/or wounded this week, especially the two who were shot by ambush during a protest in Ferguson, Mo. One of those two officers was shot in the face, just under his right eye. The other was shot in the shoulder with the bullet exiting the middle of his back. Thankfully, they both survived.