December 11, 2017

Eric Chapman - Police Officer Fatality - South Carolina

Eric Chapman
Corporal James Eric Chapman, age 30, died in the line of duty on December 8, 2017, at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

Corporal Chapman was a member of the Johnston Police Department, South Carolina. He had over 2 years of service.

Corporal Chapman was known as Eric to his family and friends.

Johnston is a town in Edgefield County, South Carolina with a population of under 2,500. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia, metropolitan area.

After 10:00 p.m., Eric was responding to a call for backup from another officer when he was involved in a single vehicle crash in Edgefield County. It is believed that his vehicle hydroplaned.

Eric was rushed to a hospital in Augusta where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

Eric served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010 to 2014. He had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was a native of Saluda, South Carolina.

The members of the Johnston Police Department are in mourning over the death of
Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for Eric
and for those who
have lost him.
their brother. Eric was a hard worker who died in the service of his community. He was one of the good guys. Eric will be forever remembered.

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

Oceans of tears have been shed for Eric.

Eric is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, Brenda and James; two sisters; his wife, Tonya; his daughter and three step-children.

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

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

December 7, 2017

Stephen Frye - Fire Fighter Fatality - Montgomery, Massachusetts

Stephen Frye
Fire Chief Stephen Frye, age 59, died in the line of duty on December 5, 2017, at a hospital in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Fire Chief Frye was a volunteer member of the Montgomery Fire Department. He had 24 years of service. 

Stephen was called Steve by his family and friends.

Montgomery is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts with a population of just over 800. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

After 11:00 p.m., Stephen and other fire fighters responded to a chimney fire at a residence in Montgomery. While fighting the fire, Stephen collapsed.

Fellow responders treated him at the scene and he was rushed to a local hospital, where, tragically, he passed away. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Stephen
and for those who have
lost him. 
Family members describe Stephen as a man who would give you the shirt off of his back. He was the best.

The members of the Montgomery Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Stephen was a consummate professional. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

Stephen is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and his adult daughter and adult son who is also a volunteer firefighter.

Thank you for your service to the community, Stephen. 

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

December 5, 2017

Ken Copeland - Police Officer Fatality - San Marcos, Texas

Ken Copeland
Police Officer Ken Copeland, age 58, died in the line of duty on December 4, 2017, at a hospital in San Marcos, Texas.

Officer Copeland was a member of the San Marcos Police Department. He had 19 years of service.

San Marcos has a population of 62,000 and is located 50 miles northeast of San Antonio, Texas.

Just before 2:30 p.m., Ken and other officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a man who was wanted on a crime of violence. As the officers approached the man's home in a city neighbourhood, the male suspect opened fire, striking Ken multiple times.

Ken was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his wounds.

The shooter surrendered after a brief standoff with members of the regional SWAT Team.

Ken was working on his day off when he died. He often did this for several reasons - to support his family and to help out the police department when they were short-handed. He also worked with the Cub Scouts program at a local elementary school and worked security at a local church.

A funding site has been set up to help Ken's family with expenses. 
Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for Ken
and for those who
have lost him. 


The members of the San Marcos Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Ken was a well-liked and well-respected member of the Department. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Ken.

Pray for justice for Ken.

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

December 1, 2017

Charlie K. - A Good Samaritan in New Jersey

Charlie K. 
On November 24, 2017, a man went into a Toys R US store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Charlie K. was shopping for some gifts for his son.

While there, Charlie decided to also pay for over 60 orders for toys that strangers had put on the layaway plan at the store.

The total that Charlie paid for others came to $10,780. He also donated another $2,000. towards the Toys for Tots program.

The Toys for Tots program was established by the United States Marine Corps Reserve to collect and distribute toys at Christmas to less fortunate children in the community.

Several customers arrived at the store to pay for their layaway toy orders and were told that the bill had been paid by Charlie. The customers were extremely grateful.

Good Samaritans reach out to strangers.

When asked why he was doing this, Charlie responded. “I’m trying to bring some happiness to people, to the community that brought happiness to me and my family. I love this community, and I am trying to provide back to it.”

Charlie K. is a Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

God bless Charlie K. and all who are generous in spirit. Amen.

November 28, 2017

Todd L. McGurn - U.S. Army Fatality - Iraq

Todd McGurn
Cpl. Todd L. McGurn, age 20, of Riverside, California, died on November 25, 2017, in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Cpl. McGurn was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Todd was known as "Bubba" to his family and friends. 

Tragically, Todd passed away from a non-combat related incident which is under investigation. 

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

A funding site has to been set up to help Todd's family with expenses. 

Todd joined the Army in 2016. 

Friends describe Todd as a young man who was happy and kind in spirit.

Todd's comrades at Fort Bliss are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He was a good kid who was just starting out in life. He had a future. He will be forever remembered.

Todd's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was greatly
Angels of God, pray for Todd
and for those who have
lost him.
loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.


Todd  is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, his two older sisters; and his girlfriend. 

Oceans of tears have been shed for Todd. 

Thank you for your service to America, Todd. 

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 Todd 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. 

November 27, 2017

Matthew Chialastri, Steven Combs, Bryan Grosso - U.S. Military fatalities - Philippine Sea

A terrible tragedy occurred on November 22, 2017. 

A plane carrying 11 crew, passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan (aircraft carrier) crashed into the Philippine Sea about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan. 

Eight people were recovered from the crash. 

Bryan Grosso (L); Steven Combs (Mid); Matthew Chialastri (R)
Tragically, these men died in the accident. 

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri - from Louisiana, joined the Navy on June 25, 2014. After leaving Recruit Training Command, he began his active duty career with VP-30, a P-8 training squadron, before reporting to duty on USS America (LHA 6), where he served from Dec. 1, 2015 to Oct. 1, 2017. He arrived at Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), and checked into Ronald Reagan’s shore detachment, Reagan Ranch, on Nov. 5, 2017 to begin his preparations to join Ronald Reagan underway. Matthew was a Baton Rouge native and Woodlawn High School graduate. He was a hardworking student who had strong leadership skills and great potential. 

Lt. Steven Combs - from Florida, received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Colorado in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Science in Finance. In March of 2015, he reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, forward-deployed to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan. He deployed with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW) 5 onboard both USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Ronald Reagan, where he served as detachment assistant operations officer and administrative officer. Steven accumulated over 1,200 flight hours and 100 carrier-arrested landings. Steven grew up in Dalton and graduated from St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield. Steven was a natural athlete who played soccer, softball and baseball and had a passion for skiing. His actions in landing the plane on water without more fatalities is described as heroic. 

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso - from Florida, graduated from West Florida High School of Advanced Technology in the spring of 2017 and then reported to Naval Station Great Lakes for recruit training. After graduating boot camp, he attended “A” school in Pensacola, Florida, and received orders to Ronald Reagan. He arrived at CFAY and checked in to Reagan Ranch on Nov. 5, 2017 to begin his preparations to join his first ship underway. Bryan graduated from West Florida High School in 2017. He was a hard-working and capable young man. 

Comrades aboard the USS Ronald Reagan are in mourning over the deaths of their young brothers.

Matthew, Steven and Bryan died as heroes in the service of their country. They will be forever remembered.

The loved ones of Matthew, Steven and Bryan are devastated over their sudden and
Angels of God, pray for Matthew, for Steven and
for Bryan. Pray for those who have lost them.
tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Tears without number have been shed for these men.

Thank you, Matthew, Steven and Bryan, for your service to America. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die 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 Matthew is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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

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

November 24, 2017

Damon Allen - Texas Highway Patrol Fatality

Damon Allen
Trooper Damon Allen, age 41, died in the line of duty on November 23, 2017, on a highway in Freestone County, Texas.

Trooper Allen was a member of the Texas Highway Patrol. He had 15 years of service.

Just before 4:00 p.m., Damon was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 45 in Freestone County, just south of Fairfield, Texas. The male he was stopping had an outstanding warrant.

Damon was interacting with the driver of the vehicle and had turned to go back to his patrol car. The man inside the vehicle got out and shot Damon with a rifle.

Tragically, Damon, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the incident.

The shooter, Dabrett Black, age 32, was arrested several hours later in Waller County. He had exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers during his arrest.

Damon had been given a lifesaving award in April of 2017 for helping to save a man's
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Damon
and for those who
have lost him.
life.


Friends describe Damon as a loving husband and father.

The members of the Texas Highway Patrol are in mourning over the death of their brother. Damon was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to Texas, Damon.

Pray for justice for Damon.

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

Eric Overall - Deputy Sheriff's Department Fatality - Michigan

Eric Overall
Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall, age 50, died in the line of duty on November 23, 2017, in Michigan. 

Deputy Sheriff Overall was a member of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, based at Pontiac, Michigan. He had 22 years of service. 

Officers in Lapeer County starting pursuing a man in a vehicle. The man had made threats against the officers in the parking lot of the Lapeer County Jail. The pursuit extended onto a roadway in Oakland County. 

Just after midnight, Eric was deploying stop sticks and had stepped back from the roadway. The driver of the vehicle being pursued deliberately drove off of the road and struck Eric. 

Eric was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he was pronounced deceased. 

The 22 year old male suspect was taken into custody. 

A funding site has been set up to help Eric's family with expenses. 

Eric was the former liaison officer at Walled Lake Central High School. School officials stated that Eric was a courageous and selfless officer. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Eric and
for those who have
lost him.
The members of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office are in mourning over the death of their brother. Eric would help anyone who needed help. He was a respectful and caring man who was kind in spirit. He will be forever remembered.

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

Eric is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Sonja; and his adult son.

Thank you for your service to the community, Eric.

Pray for justice for Eric.

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

November 20, 2017

Rogelio Martinez - U.S. Border Patrol Fatality - Texas

Rogelio Martinez
Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, age 36, died in the line of duty on November 19, 2017, at a hospital in west Texas.

Agent Rogelio was a member of the United States Border Patrol. He was assigned to the Big Bend Sector. He had four years of service.

During the morning hours, Rogelio and his partner were called out to respond to suspicious activity near an Interstate Highway close to Van Horn, Texas.

A group of illegal aliens attacked the agents by throwing rocks. Both agents were seriously injured.

Responding units rushed both men to a local hospital where, tragically, Rogelio succumbed to his injuries.

Rogelio's partner is still in the hospital with severe injuries as of this posting.

The suspects have not been apprehended.

If you know anything about this crime, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who murdered Agent Martinez.

A funding site has been set up on Facebook to help the families of Rogelio and his
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Rogelio and for those who have lost him.
wounded partner. 

Rogelio was a native of El Paso, Texas, where he attended Irvin High School. 

Friends describe Rogelio as a man who wanted to make a difference. He was giving and kind in spirit. He loved his family. 

The members of the United States Border Patrol are in mourning over the death of their brother. Rogelio died in the service of his country. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

Rogelio is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his fiancée and son.

Thank you for your service to America, Rogelio. 

Pray for justice for Rogelio.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

November 18, 2017

Brian Shaw - Police Officer Fatality - Pennsylvania

Brian Shaw
Police Officer Brian Shaw, age 25, died in the line of duty on November 17, 2017, at a hospital in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania.

Officer Shaw was a member of the New Kensington Police Department. He had 5 months of service. He had served as a part time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department and Springdale Township Police Department.

New Kensington is a city of just over 13,000 and is located about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

At about 8:00 p.m., Brian was conducting a traffic stop on a city street. The circumstances of the traffic stop are unknown but the driver of the vehicle fled on foot during the stop and turned and shot Brian who was pursuing him.

Brian was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Brian
and for those who
have lost him. 

The shooter has not been apprehended as of this posting.

Anyone with information is urged to call the New Kensington police at 724-339-7534. A substantial reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and a conviction.

Brian was from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania and attended Burrell High School. He studied criminology at Slippery Rock University. In 2014, he graduated from the Allegheny County Police Training Academy. 

The members of the New Kensington Police Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Brian was just starting out in life. He was friendly, bright and amusing. He had a winning smile. He died as a hero in the service of others. He will be forever remembered.

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

Oceans of tears have been shed for Brian.

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Brian.

Pray for justice for Brian.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

November 17, 2017

Sean Suiter - Police Officer Fatality - Baltimore, Maryland

Detective Sean Suiter, age 43, died in the line of duty, on November 16, 2017, at a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 
Sean Suiter

Detective Suiter was a member of the Baltimore City Police Department. He was assigned to the Homicide Unit. He had 18 years of service. 

The day before, on November 15th, 2017, just after 4:00 p.m., Sean and his partner were engaged in a follow-up to a homicide committed in December of 2016. They noticed a man in the vicinity acting suspiciously. Sean confronted the man in a vacant lot between two houses. 

The suspicious acting male pulled out a gun and shot Sean in the head. 

The shooter fled the scene and remains at large as of this posting.

Sean was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, on November 16, 2017, he passed away due to his injuries. 

A substantial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who killed Sean. 

Sean grew up in Washington, D.C. and was a U.S. Military veteran. 
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Sean and
for those who have
lost him.

The members of the Baltimore City Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Sean was friendly and kind in spirit. He was a well-respected and well-liked professional. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

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

Pray for justice for Sean.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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