Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

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

Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris, 41

Kane County Utah Sheriff’s Office

August 26, 2010 – Deputy Brian Harris was killed while tracking burglary suspect Scott Curley. Curley set up an ambush and used a rifle to shoot Deputy Harris. The suspect was captured several days later. Deputy Harris, a Gulf War veteran, is survived by his wife Shawna and two daughters, 13-year-old Kirsten and 10-year-old Kristina.

Family and friends gather to mourn the passing of Deputy Brian Harris

Accused cop killer Scott Curley (sheriff’s office photo)

Chief of Police Paul Jeffrey Fricke

Hawk Point Missouri Police Department

August 27, 2010 – Chief Paul Fricke was traveling on Highway 47 near Hawk Point when his patrol car slipped off the pavement. He then over-corrected and his car hit a utility pole on the opposite side of the road. Chief Fricke died at the scene of the crash.

Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39

Hoonah Alaska Police Department

Sergeant Anthony Wallace, 32

Hoonah Alaska Police Department

August 28, 2010 – Officer Matthew Tokuoka was off duty and was driving with his family when he stopped to talk to fellow officer Sergeant Anthony Wallace. While Tokuoka and Wallace stood outside their cars a man walked up and opened fire, striking both officers. The officers were transported to the hospital where both succumbed to their injuries.

Officer Tokuoka’s wife, Haley, and their six-year-old son and two-year-old daughter were in the car at the time of the shooting. Tokuoka’s mother was visiting from out of town and was also in the car when her son and Sergeant Wallace were ambushed.

*Officers, please use caution and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be vigilant for potential ambush situations.

Stay safe and wear your vests.

1 reply
  1. Julie Robinson
    Julie Robinson says:

    How very sad and terrifying for the wife, son,, and mom–everyone closest to him—to witness him being killed after a seemingly innocuous stop,

    To think that Harris survived the Gulf War only to be struck down by the enemy at home.

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