Friday’s Heroes: Special Edition

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers


As we approach the close of National Police Week, we would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the 41 officers who died in the line of duty so far this year.

I wish the list would stop here, never reaching 42, unfortunately it won’t. The number of fallen officers is already 21% above this same time last year. In the previous five years alone, 765 law enforcement officers died while serving their communities.

In police agencies all across the U.S. and its territories, the following officers are no longer here to answer roll call. They’ve each reached the end of their watch.

You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Agent Mayra Ramírez-Barreto

Puerto Rico Department of Justice


Correctional Officer Eliezer Colón-Claussells

Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


Officer Kevin A. Tonn

Galt California Police Department


Trooper Michael Slagle

Tennessee Highway Patrol


Sergeant Rick Riggenbach

Chitimacha Tribal Police Department


Officer William Michael McGary

Conway Arkansas Police Department


Sergeant Patrick Divers

New York City Police Department


Officer Patricia A. “Patty” Parete

Buffalo New York Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Billy Ray Grimsley

Portsmouth Virginia Sheriff’s Office


Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence

University of Southern California Department of Public Safety


Officer Michael Crain

Riverside California Police Department


Detective Jeremiah MacKay

San Bernardino County California Sheriff’s Department


Detective Christopher Simpson

Chesterfield Missouri Police Department


Officer Josh Lynaugh

St. Paul Minnesota Police Department


Senior Officer Specialist Eric Williams

United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons


Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker

Santa Cruz California Police Department


Detective Elizabeth Butler

Santa Cruz California Police Department


Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati

United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons


Sergeant Gary Morales

St. Lucie County Florida Sheriff’s Office


Corporal Terry Johnson

Sebastian County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office


Master Trooper Junius A. Walker

Virginia State Police


Village Public Safety Officer Thomas O. Madole

Alaska State Troopers


Police Chief Randy Boykin

Enterprise Mississippi Police Department


Executive Director Tom Clements

Colorado Department of Corrections


Sergeant Gilbert Cortez

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


Director Larry Johnson

Fifth Judicial District Arkansas Drug Task Force


Trooper James Sauter

Illinois State Police


Trooper Tage Toll

Alaska State Troopers


Correctional Officer Brandon Elliot Kountz

United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons


Sheriff Eugene Crum

Mingo County West Virginia Sheriff’s Office


Detective Eric Smith

Jackson Mississippi Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Hans Fifer

Faulkner County Arkansas Sheriff’s Office


Chief of Police Anthony Q. Barfield, Sr.

Barwick Georgia Police Department


Officer Donald Bishop

Town of Brookfield Wisconsin Police Department


Assistant Warden Peggy Sylvester

Opelousas Louisiana Police Department


Officer Sean Collier

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Chad Christian Key

Grayson County Texas Sheriff’s Office


Deputy Sheriff Douglas Leon Hanna

Washita County Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office


Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph “Shane” Robbins

Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office


Patrolman William J. “Jerry” McCarthy, IV

Shenango Township Pennsylvania Police Department


Officer Tim Huffman

Arizona Department of Public Safety


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