April 20, 2015

Laquandra Warren - a Good Samaritan in Indianapolis, Indiana

Ramona Davenport, age 61, went missing in Indianapolis late on Saturday, April 18, 2015. 
Laquandra Warren

Ramona suffers from early onset dementia and had wandered away from her home. 

Her family reported her missing and Fire Rescue crews, the Police and Search Dog teams spent nearly three hours searching for her but couldn't find her. 

Laquandra Warren, age 30, was out with her cousin that night and they were driving down a busy city street just after midnight when she noticed a woman standing in the roadway. The woman kept stepping into traffic but as cars would honk and pass, she would step back into the median.

The Good Samaritan reaches
out to strangers in time of
need.
Laquandra passed the woman and then stopped the car. Laquandra had worked at a nursing home and recognized that the woman was totally confused and needed help.  She approached Ramona, told her that everything was going to be alright, and held on to her to prevent her from re-entering traffic. Laquandra then called 911. 

Search teams arrived minutes later and were able to return Ramona to her family. She had wandered about 20 blocks from her home. 

Emergency officers thanked Laquandra for her help. 

Many people passed by Ramona. Some called 911 but only Laquandra stopped and helped her. 

God bless Laquandra Warren. She is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless all who come to the aid of strangers.  They are the heroes of the modern era. 

John Still - a store clerk murdered in Phoenix, Arizona

John Still and Karen
John Still, age 46, died on April 18, 2015, at a Circle K convenience store in Phoenix, Arizona. 

John was working a Saturday night shift when an armed robber entered the store at about 10 p.m. 

During the robbery, John was shot and tragically died of his injuries at the scene. 

The suspect is a white male in his 30's, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, and a grey beanie cap.

If you have any information, you are urged to call the Phoenix Police at 1-800-34-TIPS or at 480-WITNESS. 

A few years ago, John had moved from San Diego to Phoenix to be with his new wife who is disabled.

We put this question to the thief who killed John: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Regular customers of the store describe John as a good guy who was pleasant and helpful.  He will be missed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by John's friends to help cover expenses for his
Light a candle for John. Light his way to Heaven.
family.


John's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. They stated that they could count on John for anything. He will be forever mourned.

John is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Karen, and five step-children. 

Pray for justice for John. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die there. 

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

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

Joshua Phillips - a 19 year old U.S. soldier killed in a training accident

Pvt. Joshua Phillips, age 19, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died in the line of duty on April 16, 2015, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. 
Joshua Phillips

Pvt. Phillips was assigned to Alpha Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Joshua was participating in a parachute training exercise at Fort Polk when he tragically died.  The circumstances of his death are under investigation. 

Joshua graduated from Legacy High School in Las Vegas in 2014. While at school he was very involved in football and wrestling. 

Joshua joined the Army in August of 2014. He had completed one aspect of his training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in February of 2015. 

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good
Angels of God, pray for Joshua and for those
who have lost him.
Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

High school officials describe Joshua as a fearless and competitive leader.

Joshua's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He had potential and a bright future. He will be forever remembered. 

Joshua's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Joshua is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his mother, Jamie; father, Troy; brother, TJ; his wife, Karlee and his stepdaughter, Lyllah. 

Thank you for serving, Joshua. 

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

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

April 17, 2015

Jason Warnock - a Good Samaritan in Idaho

Jason Warnock
On April 15, 2015, at about 8:00 a.m., Jason Warnock was driving through a canyon in Lewiston, Idaho. He was going to work. 

He saw what looked to be a freshly fallen tree, and then an SUV hanging over the edge of a 30 foot cliff.

A broken chain link fence was holding the SUV from falling over the edge. 

A man trapped inside the SUV was trying to break out the windows or push open the door but he wasn't successful. 

Jason thought that he had better do something and fast. No one else was responding. 

Jason scrambled up the hill and tried to break the window but couldn't.  The man inside the SUV was finally able to get the window to open. 

Jason was able to drag Matthew Sitko, age 23, to safety.  He appeared to be in shock. 

The incident was caught on camera by a reporter who had just shown up at the
Jason pulling Matthew from the vehicle
scene. 


Matthew Sitko was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is very grateful to Jason Warnock for helping him in his time of need. 

Jason left the scene and went back to work. He said that he just did what anyone would do. He said that he didn't want all of the media attention.  He would rather be fishing in the mountains. 

Not everyone would have done what Jason did.  Many people are fearful, indecisive and don't step up in times of need. 

Jason did.  He is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless Jason Warnock and all who come to the aid of strangers.  They are the true heroes of the modern era. 

Dan Price - CEO of Gravity Payments - raises his employees' minimum wages to $70,000.

On April 13, 2015, Dan Price, founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, in Seattle, Washington, called a meeting of his employees and announced the following:

Dan Price
That he is cutting his salary from $1 million to $70,000. per year.

That he will raise the minimum wage for his 120 employees to $70,000., in stages, over the next three years. 

The current lowest wage for an employee at the company is around $34,000. per year.

The company processes credit card payments for small businesses. 

The pay raise for employees will be funded partly through Dan's wage decrease and partly through the utilization of company profits for this purpose. 

Dan stated that he sees inequality in the American workplace and how difficult it is for many workers just to make ends meet.  Not long ago he went for a hike with a friend one afternoon.  She talked about the difficulties she was facing in paying for rising rents. It was then that Dan realized he had to do something for his own employees. 
The average CEO makes 350 times
what his workers do

Needless to say Dan's employees were ecstatic - clapping, hugging and high-fiving each other. They are extremely grateful for the positive change this pay increase will bring to their lives. 

In the U.S., the average CEO earns more than 350 times what the average worker does.  

Dan is doing his part in trying to level the playing field. 

Perhaps Dan's move will spur other corporations to rethink their minimum wage pay scale with a view to providing their employees with a living wage. 

God bless Dan Price and all employers who want to share the American Dream with those who work for them. Amen. 

April 15, 2015

Fitzroy Anderson - a Good Samaritan in Philadelphia

Fitzroy Anderson was going home from work on the evening of April 10, 2015, and went for a walk in a heavily wooded park in Philadelphia. 

Fitzroy Anderson; Nyia Parler
He spotted two deer and went after them hoping to take photos to show his grandkids. 

During his pursuit he came across a wheelchair, a Bible on the ground and a jumble of wet leaves and a blanket. Two sticks near the pile were in the shape of a cross. Under the pile was Daequon Norman, age 21, who had been missing for 5 days. 

Daequon has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic. He can't speak.  He is recovering from malnutrition and dehydration in the hospital. 

His mother, Nyia Parler, age 41, is facing a number of charges which may include attempted murder, reckless endangerment and neglect of a care-dependent person. 

It is alleged that Nyia abandoned Daequon in the woods and went to visit her boyfriend in Maryland. 

Some family members thought that Nyia had taken Daequon to Maryland. Others thought that someone else was watching him during her trip.

Fitzroy Anderson has worked at a hospital in Philadelphia for 19 years.  He is a custodian. He has four children of his own and two grandchildren. 
Jesus, pray for Daequon.

He was deeply shaken by this turn of events but he is proud that he was able to save this kid's life. 

This incident brings up these questions:

Did Nyia Parler receive adequate help from social agencies in Philadelphia for the care of her son?  

Did she have respite services? 

Nyia Parler is innocent until proven guilty. 

However, one wonders why this boy was not placed in a long term medical facility if his care was too much for his mother to handle. 

God bless Fitzroy Anderson who was able to come to the aid of this poor kid. Amen. 

He is a Good Samaritan. 

God save us from the parents who give us birth and who then try to kill us.  Amen. 

Steven Ackerman - Firefighter Fatality - South Dakota

Firefighter Steven Ackerman, age 38, died in the line of duty on April 12, 2015, in Brandon, South Dakota. 

Steven Ackerman
Firefighter Ackerman was a volunteer member of Valley Springs Fire and Rescue.  He had over 13 years of service with the Department.

After 10 p.m., Steven and other firefighters responded to a residential house fire in Brandon. Soon after fire crews arrived on the scene, the homeowner, David Smith, age 47, was rushed to a hospital in Sioux Falls where tragically he passed away from his injuries. 

About 10:40 p.m., firefighters were ordered to evacuate the home because of deteriorating conditions. About 20 minutes later, all of the firefighters were accounted for except for Steven Ackerman.

Firefighters found the missing firefighter's body in the basement of the home about 1:30 a.m. the next day. It is believed that he may have fallen to the basement when the floor gave way. The incident is under investigation.

Valley Springs Fire and Rescue is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a brave and committed firefighter who put himself in harm's way in the performance of his duties. He will be forever remembered.

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Steve
and for those who have lost him
Friends stated that Steve was always willing to help. He had a generous spirit, a huge heart and a sense of humor.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Steve.

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

April 14, 2015

Vangelis Giakoumakis - a 20 year old bullied to death in Greece

Vangelis Giakoumakis
Vangelis Giakoumakis, age 20, went missing on February 6, 2015, from his dorm room at the Dairy School at Ioannina in Greece.

He walked out of his room, leaving behind his wallet, his phone and his jacket despite the single digit temperatures.

It is speculated that Vangelis committed suicide that same day.

Many search parties were sent out to find Vangelis but were unsuccessful. His family was sick with worry.

His body was found on March 15, 2015, in a swampy area of the Municipal lake of Ioannina, 800 meters from the Dairy School he attended. A knife was beside his body and there were cuts to his wrist. He died of blood loss.

Vangelis was from Rethymno on the island of Crete.

Vangelis was a victim of vicious bullying and harassment by adult students at the School he attended. Many of these students were from farming communities on his home island of Crete. The bullying started in 2014.

Vangelis was shy and introverted and his colleagues thought that he wasn't "manly enough" or that he was gay.

Vangelis was locked in a cupboard and forced to sing like a jukebox when coins were
Father, place Vangelis on the Stairway to
Heaven.
placed in the cupboard. He was harassed in the showers and pushed down stairs. He was led around by a towel around his neck. He was often afraid to leave his room at night.

The Dairy School was aware of the harassment because Vangelis asked to change his dorm room. They informed his family that he appeared to be depressed.

When he spoke to his mother he downplayed the issue not wanting to worry her.

Apparently the bullying subsided but picked up again just days before his disappearance.

An investigative team has recommended that the Head of the Dairy School be fired and that the potential criminal responsibility of faculty members be investigated.

Where is the responsibility of the students who bullied Vangelis to death? Who raised these bullies - wolves?

To any teens or young adults 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.
~There is nothing cool about human suffering.

If you are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to, call the Suicide Hotline in your country. Greece has a hotline and so does every civilized country. You can find the number on the Internet. Skilled counselors will be able to help you.

Vangelis' loved ones are devastated over his tragic and unnecessary death. He will be forever mourned.

Vangelis is survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Pray for all who are tormented.

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

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

April 13, 2015

Jose Salgado - a store clerk murdered in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Jose Salgado, age 57, died on April 11, 2015, at a hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 
Jose Salgado

Jose and his wife were working at their grocery store. At about 3:00 p.m., two armed men entered the store and demanded money.  Jose gave them some money from the cash register but they shot him anyway. 

The two men fled the scene on foot and entered a yellow or green 4-door vehicle. The vehicle could be a Ford Focus. A third man was waiting in the car for the suspects. 

Jose was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he passed away from his injuries. 

One robber was a black male in his 30's, standing approximately 5-foot, 9-inches tall. His face was partially covered by a mask. The second suspect is a white or Hispanic male, also in his 30's. He stands approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall. He had long hair but did not wear a mask.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Bridgeport Police Detective Ada Curet at 203-581-5236.

Gabriel, Archangel, who stands in the
presence of God, pray for Jose and
for those who have lost him
We put this question to the thieves who killed Jose: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Residents in the area describe Jose as a kind and generous man.  He always had a smile on his face. He helped out many people when they were broke or homeless, giving them food.

Jose's loved ones are devastated over his tragic and needless death. Their hearts are broken. He will be forever mourned.

Jose is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife. 

Pray for justice for Jose. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it.

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

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

Aaron Davis - a victim of impaired driving in St. Petersburg, Florida

Aaron Davis and Ana
Aaron Davis, age 31, died on April 11, 2015, on a street in St. Petersburg, Florida.

At about 2:00 a.m., Aaron was heading home from work.  He and a fellow employee, Brian LaFrance, were crossing a city street. They had a green light. A vehicle which was fleeing from the Police ran through a red light and crashed into Aaron and Brian. Brian was sideswiped but Aaron was violently thrown by the impact.

The vehicle then hit two light pillars, ripping one of the front wheels off of the vehicle.  The driver and his passenger fled the scene but were detained by the employees at a local nightclub. 

Tragically, Aaron died at the scene. 

Brian Lee LaFrance was hospitalized and then released.

Jason Mitchell, age 25, was the driver of the vehicle. He has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. He tried to escape from police custody after he was taken into custody but failed. 

He has a prior record for grand theft auto, fleeing police and possession of illegal drugs. 

Donations to cover expenses can be made to the Ana Davis Family Fund at any C1 Bank branch.  

Aaron Davis was a chef at The Kitchen restaurant. His wife, Anastacia, is expected to
Angels of God, pray for Aaron
and for those who have lost him
give birth to the couple's second child this week. 

Aaron was well-known and popular with his friends, co-workers and customers. He was a friend and a mentor to many.  He was generous and an all around good guy.

Jason Mitchell is innocent until proven guilty.

However we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk 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 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.

Aaron's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He had a smile that could light up a room.  He was a loving husband and father. He will be forever mourned.

Aaron is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Anastacia; his daughter, Audrey; and his unborn son.

Pray for justice for Aaron.

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

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

God save us from the hit and run drivers.  They strike us down on the street and then run away like wolves. Amen.

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

April 11, 2015

Jason Swanson - a victim of hit and run in Hollywood, Florida

Jason Swanson
On March 29, 2015, Jason Swanson, age 30, was riding his motorcycle on a street in Hollywood, Florida. He wasn't speeding.

At about 8:15 p.m., he was struck by a dark colored 1987-2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The collision started a fire and the fire spread to Jason.

The female driver of the Explorer got out of her vehicle and so did a female girl under 12 years of age. The two females looked at the scene of the accident and Jason, got back into their vehicle and drove off.

They did not phone the Police and offered no help to Jason.

Tragically, Jason died at the scene of his injuries.

Anyone who knows anything about the crash or the driver is urged to call 954-967-4577 or 954-764-4357, or Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. A $3,000 reward is being
Angels of God, pray for Jason and for those
who have lost him.
offered for information that leads to an arrest. The Ford Explorer would probably have damage on its lower passenger side.

Jason had attended Hollywood Hills High School. Jason worked in construction. He was also a self-taught musician and tattoo artist. He was into fishing and hockey.

Jason's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. They urge whoever was involved in the accident to come forward. They describe Jason as a good guy and a free spirit, who was gifted, smart, creative and generous. He went out of his way to help people. He will be forever mourned.

Jason is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Laura and his father, Greg and his siblings.

Pray for justice for Jason.

God save us from those who strike us down on the road and then run away like wolves. Amen.

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

April 10, 2015

Sanjay Patel - a store clerk murdered in New Haven, Connecticut

Sanjay Patel, age 39, died on April 6, 2015, at a hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Sanjay was a clerk at a Citgo gas station and convenience store. He was on duty for the night shift.
Sanjay Patel

He was known to many of his friends as "Sunny". 

At about 7:30 p.m., two gunmen entered the store. During the ensuing confrontation, Sanjay was shot numerous times. 

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. 

The gunmen grabbed some money out of the cash register and a box of cigars and fled the scene on foot.  They may have been running to a waiting vehicle. 

We put this question to the thieves who killed Sanjay: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

People in the district describe Sanjay as a nice guy who was kind in his dealings with his customers. He had a bright and upbeat manner. He worked long shifts, often 7 days a week.  

Sanjay's wife, Bhavana Chavada, is pregnant. The couple had been trying for years to
Light a candle for Sanjay. Light
his way to Heaven. 
have a child. Last year Bhavana had been badly burned on her arms and legs in a fire and needed skin grafts. 

The gunmen wore masks and one had on a gray hoodie with the word "Jordan" printed on the sleeve. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call New Haven Detectives at (203) 946-6304.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Sanjay's friends to help raise money for his family.

Sanjay's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. Their hearts are broken. He loved his wife and was looking forward to the birth of his first child. He will be forever mourned.

Sanjay is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife Bhavana Chavada, and their unborn child.

Pray for justice for Sanjay. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it.

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

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

Lawrence Buckner - a Security Guard killed in Maryland

Lawrence Buckner
Lawrence Buckner, age 59, died in the line of duty on April 9, 2015, at a hospital in Cheverly, Maryland.

Lawrence was a security guard at the Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.  Suitland is about 9 miles southeast of downtown Washington, D.C.

Ronald Anderson, age 48, of south-east Washington, D.C., allegedly kidnapped his estranged wife or girlfriend during the afternoon of April 9 and then drove to the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland. As he was arguing with the woman in the car, Lawrence Buckner approached the vehicle. As he approached, he was shot.

Ronald Anderson then fled the scene and was chased by the Police to Washington D.C. where he was wounded and arrested. Three police officers were injured during the confrontation. The woman was unharmed.

Lawrence Buckner was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Ronald Anderson had been charged in February with second-degree assault,
Pray for Lawrence and for
those who have lost him
possession of drugs with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. He was free on bail at the time of this incident.

Lawrence Buckner was an Army Veteran and had 8 years of service. He had worked in security for 20 years. He was employed as a security guard for Masters Security and had been stationed at the Census Bureau for about 5 years.

Lawrence's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He died doing his job. He will be forever mourned.

Lawrence is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Linda; his son and grandchildren.

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it. 


Pray for justice for Lawrence. 

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

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

John Dawson - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

Spc. John M. Dawson, age 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died in the line of duty on April 8, 2015, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. 

John Dawson
Spc. Dawson was on an escort mission when he was shot by an Afghan National Army soldier.

John was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  He was a combat medic.  

John graduated from Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School in Upton and went on to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. He joined the Army in 2012  He trained for service at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He was stationed at Fort Campbell in January of 2013.

His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

John's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother who died in the service of his country.

John's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was proud
Light a candle for John. Light his way to
Heaven. 
to be a soldier and his family are very proud of him. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

John is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his parents, Rhonda Dawson and Michael Dawson; and his sister, Ashley.

Thank you for serving, John. 

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like John.

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