Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

Deputy Sheriff Adam Michael Mehagan, 26

Osage County Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office

Just after midnight on December 3, 2009, Deputy Adam Mehagan was responding to assist another deputy when he lost control of his patrol car and overturned twice. He was ejected from the car and died at the scene of the crash. Deputy Mehagan is survived by his wife and eleven-month-old daughter.

Police Officer Philip Davis, 33

Officer Phillip Davis was shot and killed during a traffic stop on December 3, 2009. He’d stopped a car, driven by a local pharmacist, for speeding. After talking to the driver, Davis went back to his patrol car to write a traffic summons. When he returned to the speeder’s car with ticket in hand, the pharmacist told the officer that his brother was a police officer in a nearby town. Then, without provocation, he shot Officer Davis in the face. A passing motorist saw the shooting and called police. The killer was arrested a short time later at a police roadblock. He was riding with his police officer brother at the time.

Officer Davis is survived by his wife and two children.

Police Officer Michael Crawsha, 32

Penn Hills Pennsylvania Police Department

Officer Michael Crawshaw was shot and killed while responding to a 911 call on December 6, 2009. He was sitting in his patrol car waiting for backup to arrive when the suspect began shooting at the officer with an AK-47. Officer Crenshaw was not married and had no children, so he often volunteered to work for other officers so they could spend time with their kids during holidays and special occasions. His brother is also a police officer.

Deputy Sheriff Charles Douglas (Charlie) Brown Jr., 38

Martin County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Charlie Brown was shot and killed on December 8, 2009 while responding to reports of a man walking along a road firing a rifle. The suspect, armed with an assault rifle, refused to obey officers commands to drop the weapon. Instead, he opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Brown. The suspect was also killed during the exchange of gunfire.

Deputy Brown is survived by his wife and two daughters.

*Thanks to ODMP.

4 replies
  1. queenofmean
    queenofmean says:

    I was at the Penn Hills police station yesterday, dropping off cookies. The memorial set up is sad & beautiful at the same time. Some people have left some heartwrenching gifts & messages. Several stores in Penn Hills are nearly sold out of sympathy cards. We have a community that is divided in many ways. It’s so unfortunate that it takes something tragic to bring us together.

    It breaks my heart, too, Joyce seeing those men crying. God bless Officer Crawshaw, his family and the Penn Hills Police Department – actually all law enforcement officers.

  2. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    Your first photo of the Penn Hills officer crying breaks my heart every time I see it. Officer Crawshaw was the fourth officer shot and killed in the Pittsburgh area this year. His funeral is today.

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