Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

Sergeant Alan J. Haymaker, 56

Chicago Police Department

February 22, 2010 – Sergeant Alan J. Haymaker was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a burglary-in-progress call. He leaves behind his wife (pictured above holding flag), three daughters, his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier, 48

Fresno County California Sheriff’s Department

February 25, 2010 – Deputy Sheriff Joel Wahlenmaier was shot and killed while assisting California State Fire Marshals serve a warrant on a suspected arsonist. He leaves behind his wife, son, daughter, and parents.

Officer Javier Bejar, 28

Reedley California Police Department

March 1, 2010 – Officer Javier Bejar died from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier when he responded to a shots fired call from California State Fire Marshals and Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier. Officer Bejar was using his patrol car as cover during a standoff with the arsonist when the shooter fired a high-powered rifle at Officer Bejar, critically wounding him. The officer is surviived by his wife.

Deputy Sheriff Ken Collier, 39

San Diego County California Sheriff’s Department

February 28, 2010 – Deputy Ken Collier was killed in a single-car automobile accident while in pursuit of a drunk driver. The driver had failed to stop when the deputy attempted to pull him over for driving on the wrong side of the highway. Deputy Collier is survived by his fiance.

Inspector Brian C. Waynant Sr., 45

Wilmington Delaware Fire Marshal’s Office

March 1, 2010 – Inspector Brian C. Waynant, Sr. was searching for an arson suspect near the Wilmington Amtrak Station when he was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. He leaves behind his wife, son, and daughter.

  1. Kendra
    Kendra says:

    Nice pics, Lee. Barney Fife made me smile, too. And I love your tagline. Looking forward to Karin’s husband’s guest blog tomorrow. He’s a hoot. And has a way with poetry.

  2. Wilfred Bereswill
    Wilfred Bereswill says:

    I use WordPress with my website. It can get a bit tricky and I’ve been doing the design myself.

    I have yet to upgrade to the current version.

    Looks great. I still hope to se you in Boston on May 13th.

  3. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Thanks, guys. I think Katherine did a great job (most of which you can’t see). I can assure you it wasn’t an easy task. And, the poor thing had to deal with me while she was working on it all day. I think murder was probably on her mind after the first hour.

  4. Terry
    Terry says:

    Love the new look — you get to keep the readability factor without that white on black, but you have a mood-inspiring header. Good job to your web designer. (Reaching for my newly autographed copy of PP&I to check the answer)

  5. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Okay, I guess the work on the site is done for the day. We have a new header, a new upgrade, and some other new cool tools for the administration of the site. My website designer and host, Katherine Smith, of Byte Size Media has been working on the changes all day.

    I’ll answer Bobby’s questions in a few minutes. By the way, the answers are on page 129 and 130 of Police Procedure and Investigation.

  6. donnellbll
    donnellbll says:

    LOL, Lee what wonderful pictures and great explanations! I can just see it now …calling Barney Fife for backup, Deputy! Deputy! Quick! Get out your bullet and come save me!

  7. Terry
    Terry says:

    You guys might like the tutu, but I prefer the guy in the tights.

    Just got back from Colorado — catching up is a bear. At least I saw a lot of these slides in Lee’s talk at the conference.

  8. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Well, I just typed a really long explanation for Bobby, but it was lost while my site is undergoing a little maintenance. I’ll respond again in a few minutes. Please bear with us, folks. The site should have a great new look, soon.

  9. Pinky
    Pinky says:

    Since Joyce does not like it, I will go ahead. Working with guys as long as I have, I got Sweetie in 90s. Now it has been Pinky for the last two years.

    This is in honor of the boys in blue. (most of the time)

  10. SweetieZ
    SweetieZ says:

    Lee ! You may have to worry about your own murder if the top half catches you posting those (photoshoped ?) photos !

    Agree with Bobby, it is a great way to expain things. At least for a child like me. =)

  11. Bobby M
    Bobby M says:

    Thanks for the definitions there Lee. But what about the different degrees of each? (ie first and second degree murder or manslaughter).

    And I have to say, I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cringe at the tutus.

  12. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:

    Hi, Lee.

    Just have a few moments at work before my day begins. The pics and captions are great!