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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION
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2019 LODDs

First responders experience extreme physical demands, often in hazardous environments. Many tragedies occur suddenly and without warning. Gunshot wounds, building collapses, vehicular accidents, assaults and other causal factors contribute to untimely deaths in our emergency response community.

Further, first responders face several threats to occupational related diseases such as cancer and cardiorespiratory related maladies. Law enforcement, firefighting and rescue activities are inherently dangerous occupations.

This page serves as a dedication to the fallen, their families and loved ones, their agencies and to the entire first responder community.

It is meant to serve as a dedication to the fallen. It is dedicated to their families and loved ones who have suffered such terrible losses. It is dedicated to their agencies who lost colleagues, friends and confidants. Finally, this page is dedicated to the first responder community, who with the loss of every member: experience, expertise, contribution and camaraderie are also lost.

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The IPSA recognizes there are no international definitions for what constitutes a line of duty death. There is also no international clearinghouse that captures all line of duty deaths. Given that we are an international organization, we will do our best to recogize fallen heroes as we learn about them. 

May

K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon
Mooresville Police Department (NC)
Country: United States
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Cause: Gunfire




Firefighter Kody Vanfossan
Christopher Fire Department (IL)
Country: United States
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Cause: Fatal injury, mulit-alarm fire


Police Officer Robert McKeithen
Biloxi Police Department (MS)
Country: United States
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Cause: Gunfire


Trooper Matthew Gatti
Tennessee Highway Patrol (TN)
Country: United States
Monday, May 6, 2019
Cause: Vehicle crash 




Police Officer Anthony Neri
Sanibel Police Department (FL)
Country: United States
Monday, May 6, 2019
Cause: Heart attack




Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr.
Plantation Fire Department (FL)
Country: United States
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Cause: Heart attack


Constable Willie Houston "Hoot" West
Lowndes County Constable's Office (MS)
Country: United States
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Cause: Vehicle crash



Sergeant Kelvin Ansari
Savannah Police Department (GA)
Country: United States
Friday, May 11, 2019
Cause: GSW 


Fire Police/Firefighter William Norm Franck
Willow Street Fire Company (PA)
Country: United States
Thursday, May 12, 2019
Cause: Medical/Cerebrovascular Accident


Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard
Appleton Fire Department (WI)
Country: United States
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Cause: GSW

 

Trooper Donald C. Brackett
Pennsylvania State Police (PA)
Country: United States
Saturday, May 18
Cause: Medical emergency

Police Officer William Buechner
Auburn Police Department (AL)
Country: United States
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Cause: GSW 



K9 Officer Eli
Gwinnett County Police Department (GA)
Country: United States
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Cause: Heat exhaustion while tracking 


April

Detective Ben Campbell
Maine State Police (ME)
Country: United States
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Cause: Accidental (roadside)



Deputy Sheriff Spencer Englett
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office (GA)
Country: United States
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Cause: Medical event during training


Sergeant Steven L. Licon
California Highway Patrol (CA)
Country: United States
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Cause: Struck by vehicle (traffic stop)





Firefighter Kevin Lennon (ret.)
FDNY (NY)
Country: United States
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Cause: 9-11 related cancer


Lieutenant Timothy O’Neill (ret.)
FDNY (NY)
Country: United States
Friday, April 5, 2019
Cause: 9-11 related cancer


FDNY (NY)
Country: United States
April 5, 2019
Cause: 9-11 related cancer

Fire Marshal Michael Andreachi
FDNY (NY)
Country: United States
Friday, April 5, 2019
Cause: Not specified


Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office (WA)
Country: United States
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Cause: GSW



Volunteer Firefighter John Leming
Cape May Point Fire Company (NJ)
Country: United States
Monday, April 15, 2019
Cause: Cardiac arrest after training drill


Police Officer Kyle Olinger
Montgomery County Police Department (MD)
Country: United States
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Cause: Complications from 2003 GSW




Conservation Ofc. Eugene Wynn, Jr.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division (MN)
Country: United States
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Cause: Drowned



Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins
Northeast Lakeside Fire Department (AR)
Country: United States
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Cause: Heart attack 


Firefighter/EMT Brad Gregrich
Desoto County Fire Rescue (FL)
Country: United States
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Cause: Stroke






Special Agent in Charge Liquat A. "Leo" Khan
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division
Country: United States
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Cause: Heart attack 



March

Captain Joel Barnes 
Berwick Fire Department (ME)
Country: United States
Friday, March 1, 2019
Cause: Battling multi-alarm blaze


Officer Nathan Hayden Heidelberg
Midland Police Department (TX)
Country: United States
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Cause: GSW





Captain Jacob "Jake" Ringering
Godfrey Fire Protection District (IL)
Country: United States
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Cause: Structural collapse/fire


Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner
McHenry County Sheriff's Office (IL)
Country: United States
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Cause: GSW, arrest warrant


Corporal Daniel H. Groves
Colorado State Patrol (CO)
Country: United States
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Cause: Struck by vehicle 



Firefighter Tiffany Hamdan
Marion Fire Department (MT)
Country: United States
Cause: Under investigation, assisting stranded motorist




Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson
Kittitas County Sheriff's Office (WA)
Country: United States
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Cause: Gunfire, vehicle pursuit





Firefighter Michael Bernstein
Philadelphia Fire Department (PA)
Country: United States
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cause: Medical emergency



Firefighter Skyler Blackie
Truro Fire Service (Nova Scotia) 
Country: Canada
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cause: Injury from duty training



Police Officer Paul Rutherford
Phoenix Police Department (AZ)
Country: United States
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Cause: Struck by vehicle


Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera
El Paso County Sheriff's Office (TX)
Country: United States
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Cause: GSW during traffic stop





Captain Daniel Laird
U.S. Forest Service (CA)
Country: United States
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Cause: Helicopter crash




Trooper Brooke Jones-Story
Illinois State Police (IL)
Country: United States
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Cause: Struck by vehicle


Firefighter James "Woody" Woodman
West Haven Fire Department (CT)
Country: United States
Friday, March 29, 2019 
Cause: Injuries from 10/5/1999 crash




Trooper Gerald Ellis
Illinois State Police (IL)
Country: United States
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Cause: Vehicle crash 


February

Corporal Shane Totty
Baton Rouge Police Department (LA)
Country: United States
Friday, February 1, 2019
Cause: Motorcycle crash


Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss
U.S. DHS, CBP
Country: United States
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle


Detective William Brewer
Clermont County Sheriff's Office (OH)
Country: United States
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Cause: GSW, barricaded, suicidal subject



SAR Team Member Jeff Dye 
Ventura County Sheriff's Office (CA)
Country: United States
Friday, February 2, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle




Trooper Lucas B. Dowell
Virginia State Police (VA)
Country: United States
Monday, February 4, 2019
Cause: GSW, search warrant


Officer Matthew Rittner
Milwaukee Police Department (WI)
Country: United States
Tuesday, February 2, 2019
Cause: GSW, search warrant


K9 Defender
BNSF Railway Police
Country: United States
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Cause: GSW (accidental)



Detective Brian Simonsen
NYPD (NY) 
Country: United States
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Cause: GSW (accidental)


Agent Alfred Zanyet-Pérez
Puerto Rico Police Department
Country: Puerto Rico, U.S. Territory
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Cause: GSW, Ambush





District Chief Jason Byrd
Fayette County Fire Department (TN)
Country: United States
Monday, February 18, 2019
Cause: Heart attack on scene 


Master Sergeant Daniel B. Hinton
Florida Highway Patrol (FL)
Country: United States
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Cause: Heart attack during training


Firefighter Branden Pierce
Palmerdale Fire District (AL)
Country: United States
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Cause: Medical (unknown)


Undersheriff Monty Johnson
Pawnee County Sheriff's Office (OK)
Country: United States
Wednesday, February 21, 2019
Cause: Vehicle accident



K9 Doby
Fairfax County Police Department (VA)
Country: United States
Friday, February 22, 2019
Cause: Medical (unknown), collapsed





Police Officer Nicholas Galinger
Chattanooga Police Department (TN) 
Country: United States
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Cause: Vehicular assault


Sergeant Steve Hinkle
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office (TN)
Country: United States
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Cause: GSW


Volunteer Firefighter Thomas Nye
Marion Fire Department (MA)
Country: United States
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Cause: Cardiac incident after fire




January 

Officer Joseph Shinners
Provo Police Department (UT)
Country: United States
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Cause: GSW, attempted fugitive arrest



Lieutenant Eric Hosette
Clinton Fire Department (IA)
Country: United States
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Cause: Grain bin explosion



K9 Able
US DOJ, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Cause: Exposed to toxins



Probationary Firefighter Steven H. Pollard
FDNY (NY)
Country: United States
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Cause: 52' fall off a bridge


Officer Dale Woods
Colerain Township Police Department (OH)
Country: United States
Monday, January 7, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle


Officer Clayton Townsend
Salt River Police Department (AZ)
Country: United States, Tribal
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle


Rookie Officer Chatéri Payne
Shreveport Police Department (LA)
Country: United States
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Cause: GSW before work, Off-Duty



Fire Captain Roger Harless
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CA)
Country: United States
Wednesday, January 9
Cause: Cardiac-arrest, job-related illness


Officer Natalie Corona
Davis Police Department (CA)
Country: United States
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Cause: GSW while investigating a traffic collision 


Trooper Christopher Lambert
Illinois State Police (IL) 
Country: United States
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cause: Struck by a vehicle while investigating a crash scene 


Master Corporal Simon Cartannaz
Pompiers Paris Fire Brigade, Paris
Country: France
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cause: Explosion
 


First Class Sapper Nathanaël Josselin
Pompiers Paris Fire Brigade, Paris
Country: France
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Cause: Explosion




Sergeant WyTasha Carter
Birmingham Police Department (AL) 
Country: United States
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Cause: GSW during attempted arrest



Sergeant Wytasha Carter

K9 Officer Haas
Duluth Police Department (MN)
Country: United States
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Cause: GSW, domestic violence, barricaded subject


Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norman Merkel
United States Marshals Service
Country: United States
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Cause: Heart attack 


Firefighter Rick Telles
Phoenix Fire Department (AZ)
Country: United States
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Cause: Job-related cancer


Deputy Sheriff Ray Horn
Comal County Sheriff's Office (TX)
Country: United States
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Cause: Heart attack


Officer Sean Tuder
Mobile Police Department (AL)
Country: United States
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Cause: GSW, attempting to serve arrest warrant

Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos
Cook County Sheriff's Office (IL)
Country: United States
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Cause: Vehicle accident driving to work, in uniform, Off-Duty

 

K9 Chucky
Bexar County Sheriff's Office (TX)
Country: United States
Friday, January 25, 2019
Cause: GSW



Deputy Sheriff Joshua "LJ" Ryer, Jr.
Glascock County Sheriff's Office (GA)
Country: United States
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Cause: Vehicle crash



Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston Allen
Guardian Flight, Anchorage (AK)
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Cause: Plane crash




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