January 19, 2018

Russell Achord - Firefighter Fatality - Louisiana

Russell Achord
Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, age 48, died in the line of duty on January 17, 2018, at a hospital in St. Francisville, Louisiana. 

Deputy Chief Achord was a member of the West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District No. 1. He had 24 years of service. 

At about 9:00 a.m., Russell was responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. A semi-trailer had run off of U.S. Highway 61 due to icy conditions. He and others responders were aiding at the scene when the driver of a pick-up truck lost control and skidded into the group. Russell was pinned under a vehicle. 

Fellow responders rushed Russell to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Russell, as well as serving as a firefighter, also had an accomplished career as a paramedic and law enforcement officer.

The members of the West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 are in mourning over the death of their brother. Russell was a well-respected comrade. He
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Russell and for those
who have lost him.
will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the Parish, Russell. 

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

January 10, 2018

Javion Sullivan - U.S. Military Fatality - Iraq

Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, age 24, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died on January 8, 2018, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

Javion Sullivan with his wife and child
Spc. Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Tragically, Javion died from a non-combat related incident which is under investigation.

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

Javion graduated from Fort Mill High School in 2011. 

Family members stated that he joined the Army to make a better life for his family and
Angels of God, pray for Javion
and for those who have lost him.
to fight for his country.

Javion's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He will be forever remembered.

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

Javion is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Rayven and their three year old daughter.

Oceans of tears have been shed for Javion.

Thank you for your service to America, Javion.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, 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 Javion is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

January 9, 2018

Matthew LeTourneau - Firefighter Fatality - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau, age 42, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, died in the line of duty on January 6, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Matthew LeTourneau
Lieutenant LeTourneau was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was assigned to Engine 45, Platoon A, in North Philadelphia. He had 11 years of service.

He was known as Matt to his family and friends. 

Before 9:00 a.m., Matthew and dozens of other firefighters were fighting a fire at a row house in Philadelphia when the roof collapsed, trapping Matthew under the debris.

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

A male resident of the rowhouse also died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Matthew and for those
who have lost him. 
Matthew had always wanted to be a career firefighter in Philadelphia. He started volunteering with the Springfield Fire Company when he was just a teenager. He had been an instructor and mentor at the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center, where he taught several classes including fire behavior. Matthew joined the Philadelphia Fire Department in January of 2007 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. He had received a unit citation in 2010 and a letter of commendation for his service during the World Meeting of Families in 2015.

The members of the Philadelphia Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Matthew was a hard-working professional who was well-respected and well-liked by his comrades. Matthew will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to others, Matthew.

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

January 8, 2018

Daniel McCartney - Deputy Sheriff Fatality - Washington

Daniel McCartney
Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney, age 34, died in the line of duty on January 8, 2018, at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington. 

Deputy Sheriff McCartney was a member of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. He had 3 years of service with the Department. He had previously served with the Hoquiam Police Department for 6 years. 

On January 7, 2018, before midnight, Daniel responded to a home invasion (intruder) call at a location in Frederickson. He was the first officer on scene and ran after one of the suspects. 

That man opened fire, striking Daniel. 

Daniel was rushed to a hospital in Tacoma where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries, on January 8, 2018.  

The shooter fled the scene and as of this posting, is still at large. A second robbery suspect was found dead at the scene. 

If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Department at 855-798-8477.

Daniel was a decorated U.S. Navy veteran. 

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is in mourning over the death of their brother.
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Daniel
and for those who have lost him.
Daniel is described as a good, solid, stalwart man. Daniel was a valued asset to the Department. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

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

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for justice for Daniel.

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 and the thieves. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

January 3, 2018

Mihail Golin - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

Mihail Golin
Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, age 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, died in the line of duty on January 1, 2018, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Mihail was serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is the U.S. military action against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Mihail was on a dismounted patrol in the Achin district of Nangarhar province when Afghanistani insurgents opened fire and wounded him. It has been reported that these insurgents were likely affiliated with ISIS. 

Tragically, Mihail succumbed to his injuries.

The incident is under investigation.

Mihail was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the U.S.A. in 2004. He enlisted in the Army on January 5, 2005. He completed Special Forces training in November of 2014. 

Mihail had previously been deployed to Iraq and twice before to Afghanistan. His
Angels of God, pray for Mihail and for
those who have lost him.
third deployment to Afghanistan began in September of 2017. 

Mihail's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, two Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Mihail's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He died in the service of America. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to America, Mihail.


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 Mihail 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.

January 1, 2018

Zackari Parrish - Sheriff's Office Fatality - Douglas County, Colorado

Zackari Parrish
Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish, age 29, died in the line of duty on December 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Deputy Sheriff Parrish was a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, based in Castle Rock, Colorado. He had seven months of service with the Sheriff's Office. He had previously served two years with the Castle Rock Police Department. 

About 5:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a disturbance call at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch. Highlands Ranch is 20 miles south of downtown Denver. 

A male occupant at the apartment had barricaded himself inside the apartment and started shooting. 

Tragically, Zackari was mortally wounded at the scene. Several other law enforcement officers were wounded but managed to flee the apartment. At least two civilians were also wounded by the shooter. 

Zackari was rushed to a hospital in Littleton, Colorado, where he was pronounced deceased. 

Officers shot and killed the shooter, Matthew Riehl, age 37. 

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

Friends describe Zackari as friendly and charming and a committed Baptist Christian. 

Oceans of tears have been shed for Zackari. 

The members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Castle Rock Police Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Sheriff's Office officials stated that Zackari was a young father with many hopes and dreams. He was well-liked and well-respected by his comrades. He died in the service of the community. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Zackari'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.

Zackari is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents; his sisters; his wife and two young daughters.

Thank you for your service to the community, Zackari.

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

December 27, 2017

John Michulka - A Good Samaritan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Michulka
Around 2:00 a.m. on December 27, 2017, John Michulka was driving on the Roosevelt Expressway in North Philadelphia. 

John is a tow truck driver and was in the area for work. 

John witnessed a minivan overturn and start on fire. He ran over to the scene and noticed the driver was unresponsive and unable to extract himself from the vehicle. 

John called over two other men in the vicinity and the three of them were able to pull the man to the side of the expressway. It was only a minute later that the minivan started to blow up. 

John said that when he saw the accident, he didn't know if an entire family was inside. He has five children himself and immediately wanted to help. 

The driver of the overturned minivan was taken to a local hospital and will recover. He was injured but not burned. 

The Good Samaritan reaches out
to strangers in danger.

John Michulka is a Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

God bless John Michulka and all who step up to help strangers in times of great distress. Amen.

December 26, 2017

Andrew Camilleri - Highway Patrol Fatality - California

Andrew Camilleri
Officer Andrew Camilleri, age 33, died in the line of duty on December 24, 2017, in Hayward, California.

Officer Camilleri was a member of the California Highway Patrol and was based in Hayward. He had 16 months of service.

Hayward is a city of just under 150,000, located in the East Bay sub region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Just before midnight, Andrew and his partner were parked on the shoulder of a local freeway in Hayward. They were doing speed checks by radar. Their patrol car was struck from behind by a speeding vehicle. Impaired driving may be the cause of the accident.

Tragically, Andrew succumbed to his injuries.  

His partner was treated and released from the hospital. 

The California Highway Patrol Credit Union has set up a fund to help the officer's family with expenses. Telephone the Credit Union at 800 542-2247 for further details. 

The suspected impaired male driver, a 22 year old from Hayward, was also injured and hospitalized. He may face numerous charges upon his release from the hospital. 

This man 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;
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Andrew
and for those who
have lost him.
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. 

Family members stated that Andrew had wanted to be a member of the Highway Patrol since High School and finally achieved his goal. He was a dedicated father to his children. His family are extremely proud of him.

The California Highway Patrol is in mourning over the death of their brother. Highway Patrol officials stated: “Andrew was drawn to this profession due to his courage, integrity and desire to serve. Andrew was a great man who loved his job and loved his family.” He died in the service of others. He will be forever remembered.

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

Andrew is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and father, a brother, a sister, his wife, a daughter and two sons.

Thank you for your service to California, Andrew. 

Pray for justice for Andrew.

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

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

December 23, 2017

Avadon Chaves - U.S. Military Fatality - Iraq

Avadon Chaves
Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, age 20, of Turlock, California, died on December 20, 2017, in Al Asad, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

Spc. Chaves was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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

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


Avadon had graduated from John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, in 2015. He planned on making the military his long term career. 

His family stated that Avadon was a loving young man and a devoted Christian. He had a sense of humor and was amusing. He was looking forward to having children one day. 

Avadon's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Avadon was just starting out in life. He will be forever remembered.

Avadon's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was greatly
Light a candle for Avadon. Light his way to Heaven.
loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.


Avadon is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Marcella; his father, Jon; his 4 sisters and his wife, Tesa. 

Oceans of tears have been shed for Avadon.

Thank you for your service to America, Avadon.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, 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 Avadon is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

December 22, 2017

Jeff Blackmer - Firefighter Fatality - Indiana

Jeff Blackmer
Firefighter Jeff Blackmer, age 42, died in the line of duty on December 20, 2017, at a fire station in Muncie, Indiana. 

Firefighter Blackmer was a volunteer member of the Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company based in Muncie.  He had over one year of service. 

In the early morning hours, Jeff had been working a barn fire with his comrades and then returned to the Fire Station. He was cleaning and stowing away gear and was the only one in the fire house. 

It is believed that Jeff then suffered a massive heart attack. Tragically, he passed away. 

Jeff had been a firefighter in Wisconsin. He returned to Delaware County a couple of years ago and volunteered with the Hamilton Fire Company. He volunteered almost 2,200 hours this year. He was a mentor to young firefighters in the Fire Company. 

Jeff's fiancée, Emily, stated that Jeff loved being a firefighter. He also worked for a local photography company. Jeff was a man with a heart of gold who would do anything for others. He was not materialistic. He was kind in spirit. He will always be loved. 

Jeff is the father of two young children in Wisconsin and was also helping Emily raise her four children. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Jeff
and for those who have
lost him. 
The members of the Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company are in mourning over the death of their brother. Jeff was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Jeff'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.

Jeff is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his fiancée, Emily and his two children in Wisconsin.

Thank you for your service to the community, Jeff. 

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

December 18, 2017

David Thomas Brabander - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

David Brabander
Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, age 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, died in the line of duty on December 11, 2017, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Brabander was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

David was serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is the U.S. military action against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Tragically, David died of injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. The accident was not combat-related. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

David enlisted in the Army in March of 2012 and had been stationed in Alaska since November of 2014. Prior to that, he was stationed in Hawaii.

David had been deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2017. He was an airborne infantryman and squad leader.

Military comrades describe David as an excellent soldier who was already a leader at
Angels of God, pray for David and for those
who have lost him.
a young age. He loved the outdoors and hunting, hiking and four-wheeling.

David's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He will be forever remembered.

David's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was helpful, caring and kind in spirit. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

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

Oceans of tears have been shed for David.

Thank you for your service to America, David.

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 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.