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.

Corrections Officer Kellie Pena, 34

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

September 3, 2010 – Officer Kellie Pena died as a result of injuries he received during a struggle with an inmate.

Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Longway, 48

Hillsborough County Florida Sheriff’s Office

September 21, 2010 – Deputy Mark Longway died when his patrol car crashed head on with a tractor trailer. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Corporal David Ralph Slaton, 56

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Highway Patrol

September 20, 2010 – Corporal David Slaton was killed when his patrol car struck a cow then veered into the path of a tractor trailer, causing a second crash. He is survived by his wife and son.

16 replies
  1. Hannah
    Hannah says:

    theres a girl in h&r block commercial that looks like him and stars in cory and the house sometimes her face looks just like his

  2. Elaine Grant
    Elaine Grant says:


    What a nice post. Barney Fife was the deputy we loved to hate, wasn’t he? We cringed at his ineptitude as a deputy and his boastful ego, yet we loved him to the core. I confess I have the full set of TAGS on VCR and DVD and, seriously, watch one episode every night before bedtime and have for years. My family laughs because I watch every marathon that comes on TV even though I own the DVD’s and can literally quote the dialog. Yet, I very rarely watch the ones after Don left the show. They just aren’t the same. And I’m old enough to remember him when he played the “nervous” man so many years ago. So funny!

    One day I’m going to Mayberry

    Thanks again for your lovely story about your father.


  3. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:

    Well, Lee, I meant no one could replace Andy and Barney, but your idea might work, if you’d play Floyd Lawson, Jr. – proprietor of Floyd’s Tonsorial Parlor

  4. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:

    Hi Karen,

    Great post. I am a great fan of The Andy Griffith Show. I don’t think there has ever been a TV show that has wider appeal or a larger fan base than TAGS. Just today, someone at work was talking about the show.

    When I used to work the street as a policeman, I had a partner who was also a fan, and we would work lines from the show into our conversations with people. Of course, they didn’t know what was going on, but we had a blast with it.

    There will never be another show like it, and I hope no one ever tries to do a remake. It just wouldn’t work.

  5. Mary Q
    Mary Q says:

    Definitely have fond memories of Don Knott’s movies and on the Andy Griffith show. Thanks to Karen for sharing some of her memories and his history.

  6. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    From Facebook:

    Susan Littlefield wrote – “Great article! I loved Don Knotts in anything he played. He was so funny as the landlord in Three’s Company. I didn’t know he had a daughter.”

  7. Donnell
    Donnell says:

    Karen and Lee. What a great post! Thanks for sharing your memories of your dad, truly one of my all-time favorite character actors. Along with The Andy Griffith Show, who can forget The Ghost and Mister Chicken and the Incredible Mr. Limpet. My condolences on your loss and best of luck to you in your career!

  8. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    These comments were posted on Facebook:

    Cathy Lee Carper – Just read through the article… really enjoyed it. I also remember him in a few Disney movies – he was GREAT.”:)

    Robert Walker – We’ll never see the like of him again. Remember as a kid first time I saw him was on The Tonight Show where he did great skits for none other than the amazing Steve Allen. Dates me.

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