August 29, 2016

Spencer Chauvin - Firefighter Fatality - Louisiana

Spencer Chauvin
District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin, age 36, died in the line of duty on August 28, 2016, at a hospital near LaPlace, Louisiana.

District Fire Chief Chauvin was a member of the St. John the Baptist Parish - Office of Fire Services, Louisiana. He had 21 years of service in firefighting.

Before 7:00 a.m., Spencer and other firefighters was at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Interstate 101. Their firetruck was blocking part of a lane to keep vehicles away from the accident site.

After 7:00 a.m., a private rental bus crashed into the parked firetruck, causing three firefighters to fall over a guard rail. Spencer was mortally wounded as a result of the crash. The two other firefighters were also injured.

Jermaine Starr, age 21, from Moss Point, Mississippi, was a passenger in a vehicle which was also struck by the bus. Tragically, Jermaine Starr, was killed.

Forty-one passengers on the bus were injured.

Spencer was a rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he was declared deceased.

The bus was full of volunteers who were headed to Baton Rouge to help with the
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Spencer
and for those who have lost him.
flooding problems there.

It has been reported that the bus driver, Denis Rodriguez, age 37, does not have a valid driver's license and is in the country illegally. He is facing numerous charges.

Members of St. John the Baptist Fire Services are in mourning over the death of their brother. Spencer was a brave and dedicated firefighter. He was a take charge kind of man. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Spencer.

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.

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

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

August 27, 2016

Margaret Held and Paula Merrill - Nuns - Victims in Lexington, Mississippi

Sister Margaret Held, age 68, and Sister Paula Merrill, age 68, died sometime on or before August 25, 2016, at their home in Durant, Mississippi. 

Sister Paul Merrill (L); Sister Margaret Held (R)
Rodney Sanders, age 46, of Kosciuko, Mississippi, has been charged with two counts of capital murder.

Although the motive for this tragedy is uncertain, it is believed that the two women were attacked in their home during a suspected robbery attempt. Both women were stabbed to death. Their car was stolen.

Both women worked as nurse practioners at a medical clinic in Lexington. 

Sister Paula Merrill was a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky. Sister Margaret Held was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee.

Relatives and friends of the two women describe them as women who served the
Angels of God, pray for Margaret and for Paula and
for those who have lost them. 
unserved. They were generous women, kind in spirit and dedicated to helping others. They had hearts of gold.

The clinic where the women worked served underinsured and uninsured people in the poorest county in the state. Their work as nurses dignified the poor.

They treated people with compassion, tried to raise funds to cover the medical costs of uninsured patients and tried to procure life saving prescription drugs such as insulin for those who could not afford it.

The women also tried to help out in the community by supplying books and school supplies to the needy.

Rodney Sanders is innocent unless proven guilty.

However, to the thief who killed Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, we ask this question: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

The families of Margaret and Paula are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They will be forever mourned.

Margaret and Paula are survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray for justice for Margaret and Paula.

Thank your for your service to the community, Margaret and Paula. 

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

Pray that Margaret and Paula are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Kenny Moats - Police Officer Fatality - Maryville, Tennessee

Kenny Moats
Police Officer Kenny Moats, age 32, died in the line of duty on August 25, 2016, at a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Officer Moats was a member of the Maryville Police Department. He worked with the Department's drug task force. He had 9 years of service with the Department.

Maryville is 16 miles south of Knoxville.

Earlier in the day officers had responded to a domestic violence call in a rural area of Maryville. Brian Stalans, age 44, was arguing with his father. At about 4:00 p.m. officers again responded to the same house. Brian Stalans was now armed.

Kenny was one of several officers in the area who responded to assist at the location.

The police assisted one person from the home. As the officers were waiting for backup, a male opened fire striking Kenny in the neck. 

Kenny was rushed to a hospital in Knoxville where, tragically, he died of his injuries.
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Kenny
and for those who have lost him.


The suspect, Brian Stalans, was taken into custody. 

Kenny graduated from Heritage High School in Maryville in 2002. He graduated from Walters State Police Academy in December of 2005. Kenny was president of a local Fraternal Order of Police.

Donations to help the family with expenses are being accepted at the Citizens Bank of Blount County and at the City of Maryville. Checks can be made payable to the "Kenny Moats Memorial Fund". 

The Maryville Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a stellar officer who loved his job. He was a good friend to others. He put others first. He tried to do the right thing. He will be forever remembered.

Kenny's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a loving husband and father. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kenny is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his wife and his three children. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Ken. 

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

August 24, 2016

Matthew Thompson - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

Matthew Thompson
Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, age 28, of Irvine, California, died in the line of duty on August 23, 2016, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Staff Sgt. Thompson was on patrol near Lashkar Gah when he was fatally injured by an improvised explosive device. 

Staff Sgt. Thompson was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Matthew and his comrades were helping with a defence against a heavy Taliban attack in the area of Lashkar Gah. The Taliban is trying to re-take the City from the Afghan Army.

One other American soldier and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the explosion. 

Matthew enlisted in the Army in 2011. He reported as a Medical Sergeant to the 1st Special Forces Group in 2014. He had previously deployed to Iraq. This was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

The soldiers of Joint Base Lewis-McChord are in mourning over the death of their brother. Military officials stated that Matthew was an exceptional Green Beret and was a well-respected professional. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Saint Jude, pray for Matthew
and for those who have
lost him. 
Matthew's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a loving husband. He loved his family and he was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

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

Thank you for your service to America, Matthew. 

Pray for all who die while far away from their loved ones. 

Pray, without ceasing unto God, for an end to war.

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

August 22, 2016

Patricia Ledezma and two daughters - victims of Impaired Driving in Placentia, California

Patricia Ledezma, age 34, and her daughters Dayana, age 4, and Stephanie, age 8, died on August 20, 2016, on a street in Placentia, California. 

Stephanie, Patricia, Dayana
Patricia and her four daughters had been attending a birthday party for a 4 year old girl. The party was at a house very near their own apartment building. 

At about 10:30 p.m., they were walking home together when a vehicle slammed into them, striking Patricia and two of the four children.

Nicholas Munoz, age 27, has been arrested on suspicion of impaired driving in connection with this tragedy. He co-operated with the Police.

Tragically, Patricia, Dayana and Stephanie died at the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Placentia Police Traffic Bureau at 714-993-8157. 

Mary, pray for Patricia and
her daughters and for those
who have lost them.
Neighbors state that cars are often speeding in this district of Placentia. The area needs crosswalks and stop signs.

Nicholas Munoz is innocent unless proven guilty.

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.

Patricia had been separated from her husband for three years. She worked in a factory to support her kids with the help of her father-in-law.

The family of Patricia, Dayana and Stephanie are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Patricia loved her kids. Stephanie and Dayana were happy little girls. They will be forever mourned.

They are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray for justice for Patricia, Dayana and Stephanie.

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Patricia, Dayana and Stephanie are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

August 19, 2016

The Greed of Drug Companies

Epipen is a spring-loaded needle device that injects the drug Epinephrine into the human body. 

Epinephrine is used to combat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs, and other allergens. Epinephrine is also used to treat exercise-induced anaphylaxis. 

This drug is classed as a unique "life and death" type of drug that is needed immediately by those suffering from allergic shock.

Many people who rely on this medication have multiple Epipens - in their pocket, in their gym bag, in their purse, in the glove compartment of their car, and elsewhere, so that the medication will always be available in times of dire emergency.

They have these Epipens in numerous locations if they can afford it.


A two-pack of Epipens used to cost $100 in America. In recent months a two-pack of Epipens has risen to more than $600.

Many people in need of this drug will now no longer be able to afford it and therefore are at risk of sudden death. Many times the people most in need of Epipens are children or teenagers.


Many drug companies state that their prices for drugs are based on the cost of research and development, when we know for a fact that these companies buyout patents for drugs that are already researched and developed and then jack up the price simply because they can. It's all about the money. 


Meet the Chairman of the Board of a typical pharmaceutical company in our world:

Pay Up - this is all for Research and Development.

To the drug companies driven by profit motives alone, we ask this question: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? 

God save us from Corporate Greed. Amen

Omran Daqneesh - The Face of War in Syria

On August 17, 2016, forces allied to Bashar Al-Assad, the Dictator of Syria, bombed rebel-held suburbs of Aleppo, Syria. 

Omran Daqneesh, age 5, and three other small children were pulled from the rubble of a house after an air strike. Omran was placed in an ambulance. 

He didn't cry. He was in shock. 

He was later released to his parents who also survived the attack. 

Omran Daqneesh - the Face of War in Syria
Pray for Omran and for all of the children of Syria. 

God save them. Amen. 

August 17, 2016

Daniel Fitzpatrick - a victim of Bullying in New York State

Danny Fitzpatrick
Daniel Fitzpatrick, age 13, died on August 11, 2016, at his home on Staten Island, New York. 

Danny was a student at Holy Angels Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York. He was in the 7th grade.

Danny took his own life.

He was the victim of relentless bullying by others at his school. He was overwhelmed by it. He didn't see a clear path out of this situation.

Kids followed him from school calling him a baby and trying to provoke him into a fight.

Danny wrote a note before his death in which he stated that the officials at his school didn't do much to protect him from relentless harassment.

Danny's parents spoke to school officials asking for help but were told that everything would be fine and that the bullying would pass. One teacher apparently spoke up about the issue.

Obviously, there was not enough intervention on the part of this School's administration to prevent Danny from being overtaken by his tragic situation. 


This young man was desperately in need of one school kid to step up and be his
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who
said: "I am ground like a grain of
wheat.", pray for Danny and for
all who are ground down by
bullying. 
friend.


To any teens who are reading this:
~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
~ Do not contribute to another's downfall. Tomorrow or five years from now, it could be you who is being humiliated and scorned.
~There is never anything cool about human suffering.

If you are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, day or night. A skilled counselor will be able to help you.

All school teachers and administrators have to be vigilant with regard to bullying. It is not a passing phase. It can be life-threatening. Stand up and speak up. Danny could have been your child.

Danny's family members have stated that they do not want their son to die in vain. They want a stop put to bullying in schools and elsewhere.

funding site has been set up to help Danny's family with expenses. Funds not required for Danny's funeral will be donated to anti-bullying and suicide prevention groups.

Daniel's loved ones are devastated over his tragic and unnecessary death. He was a good kid. He did his best. Tragically, his spirit was crushed. He will be forever mourned.

Daniel is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents and his sisters.

Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.

God save us from those who take joy in tormenting others. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Daniel is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 15, 2016

Justin Beebe - Firefighter Fatality - Nevada

Firefighter Justin Beebe, age 26, died in the line of duty on August 13, 2016, in Nevada. 
Justin Beebe

Firefighter Beebe was with the United States Forest Service. He was a Lolo Inter-agency Hotshot crew member based in Missoula, Montana. He had 1 year of service. 

Justin was engaged in fighting the "Strawberry Fire" at Great Basin National Park in Nevada. The Strawberry Fire is a 4,600-acre fire caused by lightning. 

Around 4:00 p.m., Justin was struck by a dead tree which suddenly fell. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Justin was from Bellows Falls, Vermont. 

Friends stated that Justin loved the outdoors and loved his firefighting job. He was a hard worker. He had a kind spirit and was a caring man. He was one of the good guys. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Justin
and for those who have lost
him.
Justin's Hotshot crew are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He was an asset to the crew. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service, Justin. 

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

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

Christopher A. Wilbur - U.S. Soldier Fatality - Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Wilbur, age 36, of Granite City, Illinois, died on August 12, 2016, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

Christopher Wilbur
The cause of death was a non-combat related injury. The incident is under investigation. 

Staff Sgt. Wilbur was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado.

Chris was a member of the U.S. military operation which targets terrorist activity in Afghanistan. He was part of a mortar crew. 

He graduated from Granite City High School and joined the army in June of 2005. He had been stationed at Fort Carson since September of 2015.

He deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2016. He had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq and a previous tour in Afghanistan. This was his fourth overseas deployment.

Chris had received many awards during his Army career including two Achievement medals, four Good Conduct medals and four Commendation medals.

Family members stated that Chris was athletic and enjoyed rock climbing and
Angels of God, pray for Christopher and for those
who have lost him.
snowboarding. He loved the military. 

The soldiers of Fort Carson are in mourning over the death of their brother. Chris will be forever remembered.

Chris' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He always had a smile on his face. He loved his wife and children. He did his best to provide for his family. He will be forever mourned.

Chris is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his father, Richard Wilbur; his stepmother, Phyllis Wilbur; his sister; his wife, Lindsey and two young children. 

Thank you for your service to America, Chris. 

Pray for all who die while far away from their loved ones. Amen.

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

Tim Smith - Police Officer Fatality - Eastman, Georgia

Tim Smith
Police Officer Tim Smith, age 31, died in the line of duty on August 13, 2016, at a local hospital in the area of Eastman, Georgia. 

Officer Smith was a member of the Eastman Police Department. He had two years of service. 

Eastman is a city of just under 5,000 and is about 145 miles southeast of Atlanta. 

In the evening hours Tim was responding to a call that a suspicious person was carrying a gun on a city street. 

At about 9:30 p.m., Tim located the subject on the railroad tracks nearby. The subject opened fire and shot Tim. Tim was able to return fire and to radio dispatch. 

Tim was rushed to an area hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Tim and for
those who have lost him.
The subject fled the scene. Royheem Delshawn Deeds, age 24, was later arrested by law enforcement officers in Florida. 

The Eastman Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was fair, respectful and trustworthy. He could be relied upon. He will be forever remembered.

Tim's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was one of the good guys. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Tim is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his father, Lewis Smith; his fiancée, Chelsea Clark; and his children. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Tim. 

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

August 13, 2016

Jose Chavez - Police Officer Fatality - New Mexico

Police Officer Jose Chavez, age 33, died in the line of duty on August 12, 2016, at a hospital in El Paso, Texas. 
Jose Chavez

Officer Chavez was a member of the Hatch Police Department in New Mexico. He had 2 years of service. 

Hatch is a village in Doña Ana County and is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In mid afternoon, Jose was conducting a traffic stop on a main street of Hatch. There were three males in the vehicle. One of them exited the vehicle firing a gun. Jose was shot in the neck. 

Another officer pursued the suspects at high speed for several miles. 

These men then stole another car and shot another victim. They continued fleeing until they were stopped by the use of stop sticks on the roadway. 

Jose was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso where, tragically, he succumbed to his wounds. 

Jesse Hanes, age 38, of Columbus, Ohio, has been arrested in connection with Jose's death. Jesse Hanes is also wanted for murder in Ohio. He has a long history of criminal activity in Ohio including involuntary manslaughter and robbery. He has a
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Jose and for those who have lost him. 
rap sheet like Judas. 

Another white male and a black male were also arrested in connection with this crime. 

Jose had graduated in 2013 from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Cadet Law Enforcement Academy.

The Hatch Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a professional. He was trying to do the right thing. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Jose.

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

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

Carol Bujold - a Good Samaritan in Montreal, Canada

During the afternoon of August 9, 2016, Carol Bujold, age 51, was driving a 45-foot truck on a major highway in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Carol is often a male given name in Quebec. 

Carol Bujold running to the burning tanker truck
A truck in the lane in front of several others suddenly came to a halt, a van behind that truck suddenly stopped in traffic, Carol's truck slammed into the van and then a petroleum tanker truck struck Carol's truck from behind. 

Carol got out of his truck to see what damage had occurred. The male driver of the tanker truck behind him was calling for help. He was trapped by his steering wheel which was pressing into his chest. 

A video of the accident scene shows Carol Bujold frantically running from one side of the burning truck to the other, with a crowbar, trying to pry open the tanker's doors in order to free the trapped driver. 

The heat and flames were too much to bear and an explosion could have been
The Good Samaritan reaches out to strangers in
danger.
imminent.  

Carol was unable to free, Gilbert Prince, age 52, who tragically died at the scene. 

Carol Bujold cut his hand badly during his attempted rescue. He was greatly shaken up by this series of tragic events and by his inability to save the trapped truck driver. 

Sadly, other passing drivers did not stop to offer help. 

Carol went into shock and had to be taken to a nearby hospital but was later released. 

Carol's co-workers consider him to be a hero. He is the type of man who would help a total stranger. 

Gilbert Prince, who died in this tragic accident, was a resident of Sainte Anne des Plaines, Quebec. He was a father and a grandfather. Co-workers describe him as a professional at his job. He was a kind-hearted man.  

Carol Bujold is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless Carol Bujold and all who step up to help strangers in distress. Amen. 

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era. 

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

Pray for Gilbert Prince and for those who have lost him. Amen.