Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

The Graveyard Shift extends its condolences to the families of each of these brave police officers.

Sergeant Ira G. Essoe Sr., 69

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

February 4, 2010 – Sgt. Ira G. Essoe, Sr. succumbed to complications from gunshot wounds he received in November 1980. He and his partner had attempted to stop three men from breaking into a car in a mall parking lot when all three suspects opened fire on Sgt. Essoe, striking him twice. Sergeant Essoe survived by his wife and three children.

Sgt. Essoe (seated) is pictured with his son and grandson, both who serve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Brian Walsh, 34

Federal Way, Wa. Police Department

March 21, 2010 – After responding to an officer-involved shooting, Officer Brian Walsh suffered a fatal heart attack. He is survived by his expectant wife and two children.

Ranger Kenneth Betancourt, 29

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

Ranger Félix Rodríguez, 31

Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

March 23, 2010 – Ranger Félix Rodríguez and Ranger Kenneth Betancourt were shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt at the Department of Natural and Environment Resources in San Juan.

Ranger Betancourt is survived by his two young children.

Officer David Haynes, 27

St. Louis Missouri Police Department

March 24, 2010 – Officer David Haynes was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit of a burglary suspect. He is survived by his wife.

*Thanks to ODMP and The St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

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5 replies
  1. Earth2Mary
    Earth2Mary says:

    Thank you Jonathan and Lee for replying to my question! Eesh, I wouldn’t want to be the one who had to dry out the evidence. I’m going to assume, then, that a toxicologist would have first dibs on the evidence before it went through the complete drying process? (I watch a lot of Bones, can you tell?)
    Thanks again.

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Thanks, Jonathan.

    I’ve added a photo of some wet evidence drying cabinets/lockers at the end of the post above. I took this shot last summer.

    You can clearly see the ventilation holes and padlocks on the doors. Only the officer in charge of the evidence inside each individual cabinet is allowed access.

  3. Jonathan Hayes
    Jonathan Hayes says:

    If I may throw in my 2 cents worth: before bagging evidence, we try and dry it out as much as possible. With a large object such as a rug, this may be problematic; oftentimes the relevant section of a rug will be cut out and taken, rather than the entire rug. With cloth – sheets, blankets, clothing – we will hang the objects in a drying cabinet, which are specially ventilated and aerated cabinets which allow a combination of drip-drying and moisture loss by convection. THey’re also lockable and monitorable, so that chain of custody won’t be an issue.

  4. Earth2Mary
    Earth2Mary says:

    Quick question: If you have a wet and sloppy rug and put it in a paper bag, wouldn’t the liquid seep through? Or is there some kind of waxy lining? Couldn’t the bag rip? Sorry to ask so many questions, but it’s something I’ve been wondering about for a while. Thanks for the cool post! Definitely a must for any writer’s detective who needs to be acurate when whipping out an evidence bag haha

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