Officer Down
Multiple officers down E-mail
Written by by Craig W. Floyd   

On November 24, 1917, a suspicious package had been left alongside the Italian Evangelical Church in downtown Milwaukee. A scrubwoman for the church had discovered it and a boy named Sam Mazzone was summoned to take it to the police station. The boy arrived with the package shortly after 7:00 PM. It was a Saturday evening and a group of detectives were filing out of roll call in the first floor assembly room. According to a police department report, “As detectives examined the package with a fury of haste, it exploded, immediately killing nine police officers.”

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Fallen Heroes E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   
Deputy Marion Eugene Wright II, 27, of the Berkeley County (SC) Sheriff's Department, was on his way home from work on the evening of November 19, 2002, when he found himself stalled in a traffic jam. As he creeped along, he spotted the problem-a woman was stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. Without even thinking twice, Deputy Wright pulled over to assist the woman.
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Utah Cop Killed In Iraq War E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

Cops are generally the kind of people who feel compelled to help others and serve their community as well as their nation. Salt Lake City Detective James Cawley was one of those special few. Det. Cawley made the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in a firefight with enemy troops in Iraq. The 41-year-old reservist was a Platoon Sergeant with Company F of the 2nd Battalion 23rd Regiment Marines. The cop from Layton, Utah leaves behind a wife and two young children and the Cawley family now belongs to a group of other families in states across the country who have lost loved ones in the Persian Gulf.

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Trooper Killed In Traffic Crash E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

A Missouri state trooper was killed in a traffic crash on May 22, 2003. The crash occurred on the right-hand shoulder of eastbound Interstate 70 near the 47-mile marker. Trooper Michael L. Newton, 25, had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at approximately 6:54 a.m. Trooper Newton, and the driver of the vehicle he had stopped, were sitting in the patrol vehicle. At approximately 6:59 a.m. Troop A radio began receiving phone calls about a traffic crash at that location. An eastbound pickup pulling a flatbed trailer traveled onto the shoulder and struck the rear of Trooper Newton's patrol car.

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Corrections Casualties E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

The Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Arkansas is a tough place to work and the segregation barracks within "Tucker Max" are about as dangerous as it gets in a correctional facility. These cells, known as the "tier," are reserved for inmates with enemies and are separated from the general population of the prison. Sergeant Scott Grimes was one of the officers working in "Tucker Max" on November 29, 1995. Sergeant Grimes and his fellow officers were conducting a shower call, where inmates are handcuffed and removed from their cell so they can be taken safely to the showers.

 

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Sacrifice in New Orleans E-mail
Many have come to know it simply as the “Howard Johnson Tragedy.” Over a seven-day period beginning on December 31, 1972, a lone gunman named Mark J. Essex waged war on the New Orleans Police Department and many innocent civilians. The series of snipings and gun battles ended with five members of the New Orleans P.D. killed. They were Alfred E. Harrell, Edwin Hosli Sr., Paul Persigo, Philip Coleman and Assistant Superintendent Louis J. Sirgo. Essex was finally shot and killed on January 7, 1973, after being tracked down at the Downtown Howard Johnson’s hotel.

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Tragically taken when offering a helping hand to those in need E-mail
Written by Craig W. Floyd   

officerdown-5-1-07-thumb.jpgSeveral years ago, I remember sitting on the couch at the home of a woman named Arlene Lewis.  She was on oxygen and only had a matter of weeks to live. Cancer had taken its deadly hold.  Yet, friends and family had gathered at her home and Arlene was in her usual good spirits.

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Fallen heroes E-mail
Fairfax County (VA) Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino was leaving work early last May to get ready for a family vacation. After changing clothes and locking his service pistol in his locker, he returned to his cruiser parked in the rear of the police station. He was sitting in the driver side of his vehicle with the door of the cruiser open when a man in a stolen white van pulled up alongside. The man exited his vehicle wearing a ski mask and camouflage clothing.

 

 

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