October 19, 2017

James Hargrave - Firefighter Fatality - Saskatchewan, Canada

Firefighter James Hargrave, age 34, died in the line of duty on October 17, 2017 on a roadway 10 kilometers south of Burstall, Saskatchewan, Canada. 
James Hargrave

Firefighter Hargrave was a volunteer member of Cypress County Fire Services in Alberta. He was based at the Fire Station in Walsh, Alberta. 

James was involved in fighting wildfires in southeastern Alberta near the villages of Hilda and Schuler. The fires spread across the border into the adjacent province of Saskatchewan. 

In the late evening hours, James was driving a water tanker truck in Saskatchewan. For unknown reasons, the water truck rolled over and collided with a pickup truck. 

Tragically, James died of his injuries at the scene. 

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation. Fire and smoke in the vicinity may have been contributing factors. 
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for James
and for those who have
lost him. 

A funding site has been set up to help the family with expenses. 

Friends describe James as the salt of the earth and a man who would do anything to help anyone. 

The members of Cypress County Fire Services are in mourning over the death of their brother. James was helpful, community minded and kind in spirit. He died in the service of others. He will not be forgotten.

James' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Thank you for your service to others, James.  

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that James is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

October 18, 2017

Garrett Paiz - Firefighter Fatality - Napa, California

Garrett Paiz
Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz, age 38, of Missouri, died in the line of duty on October 16, 2017, on a roadway in Napa County, California. 

Firefighter Paiz was a contract worker with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He was also a volunteer firefighter with the Noel Fire Department in Missouri. 

CAL FIRE has stewardship over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State's 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

Before 7:00 a.m., Garrett was driving an empty water tanker to be refilled in connection with the Nuns fire burning in the hills above Oakville, California. For an unknown reason, the truck swerved off the roadway on a curve and crashed through the guardrail and then down a ravine. 

Tragically, Garrett died at the scene from his injuries. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Garrett and for those
who have lost him. 
The circumstances of the accident are under investigation. It is unknown if fatigue contributed to the accident. 

The members of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are in mourning over the death of Garrett. He died in the service of others. He will not be forgotten.  

Garrett's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Thank you for your service to California, Garrett.  

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Garrett is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Craig Lehner - Police Officer Fatality - Buffalo, New York

Craig Lehner
Police Officer Craig Lehner, age 34, died in the line of duty on October 13, 2017, in the Niagara River, New York State.

Officer Lehner was a member of the Buffalo Police Department. He was assigned to the Canine Unit and the Underwater Recovery Team. He had 9 years of service.

Craig and members of the Underwater Recovery Team were conducting a training session in swift water currents on the Niagara River. Craig's safety cable broke while he was submerged and he failed to return to the surface.

Tragically, Craig drowned. His body was recovered on October 17, 2017.

Craig was a U.S. veteran and had served with the New York National Guard. 

Friends stated that Craig was known for his many tattoos. He enjoyed working out and boxing. He was genuine, had a sense of humor and was kind in spirit. He was known for helping others.

The members of the Buffalo Police Department are in mourning over the death of
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Craig and
for those who have lost him.
their brother. Craig was well-liked and well-respected by his peers. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Craig's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Craig is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and sister.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Craig. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Craig is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

October 13, 2017

Justin Smith and Veronica Darden - Fatalities - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

Correctional Officer Justin Smith, age 35, and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, age 50, died in the line of duty on October 12, 2017, at a prison in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. 

Veronica Darden; Justin Smith
Elizabeth City is located about 165 miles northeast of Raleigh, North Carolina.

In the afternoon of October 12th, several prisoners undertook an escape from the Pasquotank Correctional Institute located in Elizabeth City.

Inmates started a fire in the sewing plant area of the prison as a diversionary tactic. Prison staff members and responding firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and prevent the escape.

However, during the incident, two prison personnel were mortally wounded.

Tragically deceased are:

Veronica Darden, age 50. Veronica was a vocational worker with 10 years of service. She had worked as a guard for a year and then moved on to the state's work program for prisoners. She trained prisoners in the construction of safety vests and other items made at the prison's sewing plant.

Justin Smith, age 35. Justin was a Corrections Officer with 5 years of service. He
Adrian of Nicomedia,
Patron Saint of Prison
Guards, pray for
Veronica and for
Justin and for those
who have lost them.
worked as a guard in the prison's sewing plant. 

Numerous other staff members at the prison were wounded, some very seriously.

The members of the North Carolina Division of Prisons are in mourning over the deaths of their brother and sister. They died in the service of North Carolina. They will be forever remembered. 

The loved ones of Veronica and Justin are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Thank you for your service to North Carolina, Veronica and Justin.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to others. Amen.

Pray that Veronica is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Justin is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

October 11, 2017

Floyd East Jr. - Police Officer Fatality - Lubbock, Texas

Floyd East Jr. 
Police Officer Floyd East, age 48, died in the line of duty on October 9, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas.

Officer East was a member of the Texas Tech University Police Department. He began working as a Texas Tech guard in the El Paso office in 2014 and started as an officer in Lubbock on May 1, 2017.

Officers at the University had been called out to do a welfare check on a student acting erratically. They entered his dorm room and found narcotics on the premises. He was later taken into custody and transported to the Texas Tech Police Station for questioning and booking.

The student was not handcuffed. At about 8:30 p.m., he pulled out a gun and shot Floyd. He then fled the building. 

Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for Floyd
and for those who have
lost him. 
Tragically, Floyd died of his injuries.

Hollis Daniels, age 19, of Seguin, Texas, has been arrested and is charged with capital murder.

The members of the Texas Tech University Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Floyd was easy going and friendly to others. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Floyd's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Floyd is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and two daughters.

Thank you for your service, Floyd.

Pray for justice for Floyd.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Floyd is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

October 10, 2017

Jason Hensley - Firefighter Fatality - North Carolina

Firefighter, Jason Hensley, age 40, died in the line of duty on October 9, 2017, on Highway 70, in Drexel, North Carolina. 
Jason Hensley

Firefighter Hensley was a volunteer member of the Triple Community Fire Department based at Morganton, North Carolina. He had 6 months of service.

On October 8, 2017, just before midnight, Jason drove his own vehicle to a call regarding a fallen tree blocking a portion of U.S Highway 70. A police vehicle and a fire department truck were also on scene. 

A pick-up truck approaching the scene crashed into Jason and then into the other vehicles. Tragically, Jason died at the scene. 

The driver of the pick-up, Randall Stewart, age 58, has been charged with driving while impaired, having no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He may be facing still more charges.

Randall Stewart is innocent unless proven guilty. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Jason
and for those who have
lost him. 
However, we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

The members of the Triple Community Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Jason was a helpful and dedicated firefighter. He was kind in spirit. He will be forever remembered.

Jason's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Jason is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Jason. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Jason is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

October 9, 2017

La David Johnson - U.S. Military Fatality - Niger, Africa

La David Johnson
Sgt. La David T. Johnson, age 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died in the line of duty on October 4, 2017, in southwest Niger.

Sgt. Johnson was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

While on a reconnaissance patrol with members of the Niger Army, La David and three other American soldiers underwent an attack by Islamic insurgents. Tragically all four American men were mortally wounded.

The incident is under investigation.

American military personnel are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Niger Armed forces in their efforts to oppose violent extremists in the region.


La David attended Miami Carol City High School and later trained as an auto mechanic at ATI Career Training School. He enlisted in the Army as a lightwheeled vehicle mechanic in 2014. 

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Good Conduct Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Army Parachutist Badge; the Army Air Assault Badge; the Driver and Mechanic Badge; and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle. La David also received Canadian Parachutist Wings after participating in operations with the Canadian Armed Forces in 2015.

Friends stated that La David was a regular at the gym and at church. He loved cycling
Angels of God, pray for La David
and for those who have lost him.
and cars. He was a hard worker and a loving husband and father. 


La David's military comrades at Fort Bragg are in mourning over the death of their brother. La David was a professional who died as a hero in the service of his country. He will be forever remembered.

La David's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for La David. 


La David is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and two children.

Thank you for your service to America, La David.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign country, far from their loved ones.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that La David is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all war. It is enough.

October 6, 2017

Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright - U.S. Military Fatalities - Niger, Africa

A terrible tragedy occurred in southwest Niger, Africa on October 4, 2017.

Three American Soldiers died in the line of duty. While on a reconnaissance patrol with members of the Niger Army, they underwent an attack by Islamic insurgents. Tragically all three American men were mortally wounded. 

Staff Sgt. Bryan Black (L); Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson (Mid); Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright (R)
Tragically, four members of the Niger Army were also killed in the attack. 

The incident is under investigation. 

Niger is a country in West Africa with a population of about 21 million. It is not to be confused with Nigeria which is directly south of Niger.

All three of the soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. They were Green Berets. 

American military personnel are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Niger Armed forces in their efforts to oppose violent extremists in the region.

Tragically deceased are:

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, age 35, of Puyallup, Washington. Bryan enlisted in the Army in October of 2009. He was a Green Beret serving as a Special Forces medical sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle.

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, age 39, of Springboro, Ohio. Jeremiah enlisted in the Army in October of 2007. He served as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist attached to the Green Beret unit. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Expert with Pistol and Rifle.

Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, age 29, of Lyons, Georgia. Dustin enlisted in the Army in July of 2012. He was a Green Beret serving as a Special Forces engineer sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

Military comrades at Fort Bragg are in mourning over the deaths of their brothers.
Angels of God, pray for Bryan, for Jeremiah and for
Dustin. Pray also for those who have lost them. 
Bryan, Jeremiah and Dustin died as heroes in the service of their country. They will be forever remembered.

The loved ones of Bryan, Jeremiah and Dustin are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for these men.

Thank you for your service to America, Bryan, Jeremiah and Dustin


Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign country, far from their loved ones.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Bryan is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Jeremiah is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Dustin is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all war. It is enough.

October 3, 2017

Michael Middlebrook - Police Officer Fatality - Louisiana

Michael Middlebrook
Corporal Michael Middlebrook died in the line of duty on October 1, 2017, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Corporal Middlebrook was a member of the Lafayette Police Department. He had 9 years of service.

Lafayette is a city in southern Louisiana about 135 miles west of New Orleans. It has a population of just under 130,000.

At about 10:00 p.m., Michael was responding to reports of a cashier being shot at a convenience store in the city. As Michael arrived on the scene, a male subject started shooting. A shoot-out ensued and Michael was mortally wounded.

Michael was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

The shooter fled the scene but was later arrested. Ian Howard, age 28, is facing numerous charges including first degree murder. 

A funding site has been set up to help the family with expenses. 

Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for
Michael Middlebrook
and for those who have
lost him. 
Michael was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana. In March of 2017, Michael received a Heart of Law Enforcement Award for his work in helping to provide food items and clothing for the homeless.

Friends describe Michael as a compassionate man who stepped up to help others.

The members of the Lafayette Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Michael was a dedicated officer who died in the service of his community. He will be forever remembered.

Michael's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Michael is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents; his wife, his 3 year old daughter and two young step-daughters.

Thank you for your service to the community, Michael. 


Pray for justice for Michael.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Michael is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Alexander Missildine - U.S. Army Fatality - Iraq

Alexander Missildine
Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, age 20, of Tyler, Texas, died in the line of duty on October 1, 2017, in Ninawa Province, Iraq.

Spc. Missildine was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, Louisiana. Alex was a motor transport operator.

While on assignment, an improved explosive device detonated near his convoy. Tragically, Alex was mortally wounded and succumbed to his injuries.

The incident is under investigation.

Alex was serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. Military operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Alex joined the Army in July of 2015. After training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he arrived at Fort Polk in December of 2015. He deployed with his unit last month to Iraq.

Alex's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action
Angels of God, pray for Alex and for those
who have lost him.
Badge, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one campaign star, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Alex's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He is a patriot who died in the service of his country. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Alex's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was a good kid who was just starting out in life. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for Alex.

Alex is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, his father, and his step-parents.

Thank you for your service to America, Alex. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, far from their loved ones.

Pray that Alex is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

September 30, 2017

Kristen Hearne - Police Officer Fatality - Georgia

Kristen Hearne
Detective Kristen Hearne, age 29, died in the line of duty on September 29, 2017, in Polk County, Georgia.

Detective Hearne was a member of the Polk County Police Department based in Cedartown. She had 5 years of service. 

Cedartown is about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Kristen was providing back-up for another officer who was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle at a rural intersection in the county. The officers questioned a man and a woman about the vehicle at which point the man pulled out a handgun and shot both officers.  Law enforcement officials describe the incident as an ambush. 

Kristen and the other officer were rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, Kristen died of her wounds. 

Samantha Roof, age 22, was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting. The male subject fled but was arrested several hours later after a massive manhunt by multiple agencies. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Kristen and
for those who have
lost her.
Seth Spangler, age 31, has been arrested and murder charges are pending. He has a prior criminal record. 

The members of the Polk County Police Department are in mourning over the death of their sister. Kristen was a hardworking and dedicated officer. She loved her work. She could light up a room with her smile. She will be forever remembered.

Kristen's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She was greatly supportive of her family.  She was loved. She did her best. She is their hero. She will be forever mourned.

Kristen is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including her mother, her father, her husband and her 3 year old son.

Thank you for your service to the community, Kristen.


Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for justice for Kristen.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Kristen is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.