Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers



Officer Daniel Ellis, 33

Richmond Kentucky Police Department

November 6, 2015 – On November 4th, Officer Daniel Ellis was shot in the head while searching an apartment for a robbery suspect. The shooter, a convicted felon who’d spent a good portion of his life in prison, was hiding in a bedroom and opened fire when Officer Ellis entered the room.

Officer Ellis succumbed to his injury early this morning. He is survived by his wife and two small children.

Officer Ellis’ wife works as an assistant principal at a school a short distance from where the shooting occurred. Children at the school had been making get well cards to send to the hospital. Today, school officials plan to tell them the sad news.


Sergeant William “Karl” Keesee, 49

Texas Highway Patrol

October 29, 2015 – Sergeant Karl Keesee was killed in a vehicle crash when his patrol car left the roadway and overturned.


Park Ranger James Marvin Wallen, Jr., 54

Hamilton County Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department

October 25, 2015 – Park Ranger Jimmy Wallen succumbed to a traumatic brain injury he received in an automobile crash when a vehicle struck his patrol car.

He is survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two brothers.


Sergeant Joseph Abdella, 49

Detroit Police Department

October 14, 2015 – Sergeant Joseph Abdella suffered a fatal heart attack after moving and arranging hundreds of hay bales and stacks of lumber in preparation for a mounted patrol obstacle training course. He is survived by his wife and two children.


Officer Bryce Hanes, 40

San Berardino California Police Department

November 5, 2015 – Officer Bryce Hanes was killed in a car crash when his patrol vehicle was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver, a juvenile who ran a red light.

Officer Hanes is survived by his wife and three children.