June 21, 2017

Jeff Sanders - Firefighter Fatality - Missouri

Firefighter Jeff Sanders, age 55, died in the line of duty on June 19, 2017, on a roadway in Lafayette County, Missouri. 
Jeff and his grandson

Firefighter Sanders was a volunteer member of the Mayview Fire Protection District. He had 32 years of service in firefighting. 

Mayview is a town in Lafayette County, Missouri, with a population of just over 200. 

In the late afternoon, Jeff and other firefighters responded to a call that a power line may have been down and a tree was on fire near a county roadway. The firefighters were wrapping up their gear when a private vehicle struck a fire department vehicle which then struck Jeff and another firefighter, Jacob Hayward, age 33. The men were dragged under the fire department vehicle down an embankment. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Jeff
and for those who have
lost him. 
Tragically, Jeff died of his injuries at the scene of the collision. 

Jacob Hayward was rushed to a medical facility in Kansas City. 

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Jeff worked as a full time farmer in the area. 

Friends describe Jeff as a man who loved his town and the fire department. He was the type of man who would do anything for anybody. 

The citizens of Mayview are in mourning over the death of Jeff. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

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.

Pray for the full recovery of Jacob Hayward. Amen. 

June 16, 2017

Patrick Weatherford - Police Officer Fatality - Arkansas

Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford, age 41, died in the line of duty on June 12, 2017, at a hospital in Newport, Arkansas. 
Patrick Weatherford

Lieutenant Weatherford was a member of the Newport Police Department. He was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. He had 15 years of service. 

Newport is the county seat of Jackson County, Arkansas, and has a population of under 8,000. It is about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock. 

In the early evening hours, Patrick and other officers were investigating reports of a vehicle larceny at a city intersection. They pursued a man fleeing on foot into a residential area. During the pursuit, the suspect turned and shot Patrick. 

Patrick was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he died of his injuries. 

Tyler Calamese, age 18, turned himself into the police about 90 minutes later. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Patrick and
for those who have lost him.
Patrick was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He also achieved a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. In 2016, he was proclaimed as the Jackson County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. 

The members of the Newport Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Patrick was a highly-educated professional who died in the service of his community. He will be forever remembered.

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

Patrick is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and son.

Thank you for your service to the community, Patrick. 

Pray for justice for Patrick.

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

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

June 15, 2017

Lawrence Matthews - Firefighter Fatality - Illinois

Firefighter Lawrence Matthews, age 35, died in the line of duty on June 10, 2017, at a hospital in Harvey, Illinois. 

Lawrence Matthews
Firefighter Matthews was a member of the Dolton Fire Department. He had 8 years of service. 

Dolton is in Cook County, Illinois and has a population of just over 23,000. It is located immediately south of the city limits of Chicago. 

During the afternoon, Lawrence and other firefighters responded to a residential fire in Harvey, Illinois. While working on the exterior of the structure, Lawrence fell ill and collapsed. 

He was administered to by fellow firefighters and was rushed to a hospital in Harvey, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. 

Tragically, Lawrence passed away due to cardiac arrest. 

Lawrence had been the recipient of a heart transplant 10 years ago. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Lawrence and for those
who have lost him. 
The members of the Dolton Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Lawrence had always wanted to be a firefighter and he achieved his goal. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Lawrence's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was an active and energetic young man. He was always the one to help everyone else. He was a coach and a mentor to young people. He did his best. He is a hero. He will be forever mourned.

Lawrence is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Rachel; and his three children and two step-children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Lawrence.

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

June 14, 2017

Eric Houck, William Bays, Dillon Baldridge - U.S. Military Fatalities - Afghanistan

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland; Sgt. William M. Bays, age 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, age 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina, died in the line of duty on June 10, 2017, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. 

Sgt. Eric Houck (L); Sgt. William Bays (Mid); Cpl. Dillon Baldridge (R)

These men were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

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

It has been reported that the man who shot Eric, William and Dillon was a renegade member of the Afghan National Army’s Commando Forces. He too was killed in the
Angels of God, pray for Eric, for William and for
Dillon and for those who have lost them. 
exchange of gunfire. 

The military comrades of Eric, William and Dillon are in mourning over the death of their young brothers. They died in the service of their country. They will be forever remembered as heroes.

The loved ones of these brave men are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loving and were greatly loved in return. They will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for Eric, for William and for Dillon. 

Thank you, Eric, William and Dillon, for your service to America.

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 for all who die young.

Pray that Eric, William and Dillon are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

June 12, 2017

Shana Tedder - Corrections Officer Fatality - Texas

Shana Tedder
Corrections Officer Shana Tedder, age 41, died in the line of duty on June 9, 2017, at the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville, Texas.

Officer Tedder was a member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She had 12 years of service.

In the afternoon, Shana was involved in a struggle with an inmate at the Prison. Shortly thereafter she began to experience shortness of breath and collapsed while walking to a rest area.

Other officers began CPR and medics responded to the facility.

Tragically, Shana died at the scene of a suspected heart attack.

A funding site has been setup to help the family with expenses. 


Friends describe Shana as having a kind spirit and a winning smile. 

Adrian of Nicomedia, Patron
Saint of Prison Guards,
pray for Shana and for those
who have lost her. 
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is in mourning over the death of their sister. Shana was a knowledgeable and dedicated officer who was always there to support her comrades. She was pleasant, upbeat and had a sense of humor. She will be forever remembered.

Shana's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She did her best. She will be forever mourned.

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

Thank you for your service to Texas, Shana. 


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

Pray that Shana is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

June 8, 2017

Nathan Desjardins - Police Officer Fatality - Maine

Police Officer Nathan Desjardins, age 20, died in the line of duty on June 6, 2017, at a hospital in Lewiston, Maine. 

Nathan Desjardins
Officer Desjardins was a part-time officer with the Fryeburg Police Department. He had three months of service. 

Fryeburg is a town in Oxford County, Maine, with a population of just under 3,500. 

Nathan grew up in Albion, Maine. He graduated in 2014 from Lawrence High School. He was a student at the University of New England and was studying to become a nurse. Nathan was also was a volunteer member of the Albion Fire Department. 

On May 27, 2017, Nathan was participating in a water rescue training exercise on the Saco River. During the training Nathan and his trainer were dispatched to assist in rescuing three boaters in canoes who had capsized. Tragically, Jennifer Bousquet of South Berwick, age 38, drowned in that capsizing accident.  

On their way to the boaters, the officers' patrol boat hit a submerged object in the river and Nathan and his trainer were thrown into the water. Nathan's head was severely injured. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Nathan and
for those who have lost him.
Both officers were flown to a hospital in Lewiston, Maine, where Nathan went into a coma. 

Tragically, on June 6, 2017, Nathan died of his injuries. 

Friends describe Nathan as energetic, full of life and kind in spirit. He was a good kid. He will be forever missed. 

The members of the Fryeburg Police Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Nathan died while coming to the rescue of others. Nathan will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Nathan. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die while coming to the aid of others.

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

Joshua Montaad - Law Enforcement Fatality - Florida

Joshua Montaad
Officer Joshua Montaad, age 25, of Safety Harbor, Florida, died in the line of duty on June 6, 2017, on U.S. Highway 19, in Taylor County, Florida. 

Officer Montaad was a member of the Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement. 

Taylor County, is about 125 miles east of Jacksonville in northern Florida. 

It has been reported that during the morning hours Joshua was on his way to a job interview for an investigation position which he was aspiring to do in his career. 

It was raining heavily at the time. Joshua lost control of his vehicle and veered off of the road. His vehicle hit a tree and started on fire. Tragically, Joshua died of his injuries at the scene. 

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation. 

Friends describe Joshua as a caring and kind-hearted young man. He was one of the good guys. 

Oceans of tears have been shed for Joshua. 

The members of the Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Joshua had a future in law enforcement. He will
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Joshua and for those who have lost him. 
be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to Florida, 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.

June 7, 2017

Randy Tompkins - a Good Samaritan in Dixon, Illinois

Randy Tompkins
On June 2, 2017, Police Officers on a roadway in Dixon, Illinois, noticed a car drifting out of its lane and into oncoming traffic near an intersection. The car went through a red light.

At about 4:00 p.m., Randy Tompkins, age 39, and his wife were in their truck in the same area. Randy also noticed that the car was drifting out of control.

Randy felt that the driver may have been having a seizure or a medical emergency.

Randy sprinted over to the slowly drifting vehicle and dove straight through the open window and put on the emergency brake.

Randy prevented a motor vehicle accident from taking place.

Randy said that he was no hero; he just did it and didn't think about it.

The Dixon Police Department stated: "We want to thank Tompkins for his heroism and for coming to a complete stranger's aid today!"

Randy Tompkins is a Good Samaritan. 


Good Samaritans reach out to
strangers in times of distess.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

God bless Randy Tompkins and all who step up to help strangers in times of distress. Amen.

June 6, 2017

Kelly Wong - Firefighter Fatality - Los Angeles, California

Firefighter Kelly Wong, age 29, died in the line of duty on June 5, 2017, at a hospital in Los Angeles, California. 
Kelly Wong

Firefighter Wong was a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was assigned to Station 92 in Rancho Park. He had two years of service. 

On June 3, 2017, Kelly was attending a firefighting training exercise in downtown Los Angeles. Just before 10:00 a.m., Kelly fell from an aerial ladder. 

Kelly was rushed to a local trauma center where, tragically, on June 5, 2017, he succumbed to his injuries. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

Kelly's family had emigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong when Kelly was eight years old.

Kelly had graduated with top academic honors from the Los Angeles Fire Department Recruit Academy in August of 2015.  

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Kelly
and for those who have
lost him. 
The members of the Los Angeles Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Kelly was a dedicated professional who had a bright future in the Department. He died as a hero in the service of Los Angeles. He will be forever remembered.

Kelly's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. Kelly had wanted to be a firefighter even as a young child. He was a loving son, husband and father. He was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kelly is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his mother, Ann; his wife, Danielle; and his son, Colton.

Thank you for your service to the community, Kelly. 


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

June 2, 2017

Jonathan Pitre - Ottawa, Canada - Pray for his recovery

We watched a documentary on the Learning Channel today which told the story of Jonathan Pitre who lives in Ottawa, Canada. 

Jonathan at age 14
In the documentary, Jonathan was 14 years old. He is now 17.

Jonathan has epidermolysis bullosa which is very rare disease that makes his skin so brittle it blisters and tears.

Watching this documentary, in which Jonathan cries in pain over the removal of bandages, made us cry for him. He has suffered from pain his entire life.

He has a loving mother, Tina Boileau, who has been at his side, administering to his needs, all of his life. 

Jonathan's back after the second stem cell treatment (left - before; right - after). Improving!
Jonathan has been at a hospital in Minnesota for several months where doctors there have come up with various medical treatments to try to help Jonathan including stem cell transplants which include blood and bone marrow issues.

Due to these treatments Jonathan has experienced complications with his lungs, kidneys and liver, leaving him weak and at times struggling to breathe on his own.

However, he is feeling better now and may soon be discharged from the hospital. 

Jonathan and his mother outside at the hospital in Minnesota

Jonathan maintains an optimistic attitude despite all of the suffering he has endured for years.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent yearly by governments and corporations and self-interest groups on war and greed and the battle for power. If this money was spent funding medical research, then diseases like this could possibly be cured.

The only real purpose of human life should be the alleviation of suffering and the health of our planet.

Let's all work toward providing peace and safety, health care, lodging, food, clean water and the necessities of life for everyone, world-wide. 

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who said "I am ground
like a grain of wheat.", pray for Jonathan Pitre and for
all who are ground down by disease. Pray for his
recovery. 

Pray, without ceasing, unto God, that Jonathan Pitre is cured of this disease. Amen.

Jesse Ketchum - Firefighter Fatality - Missouri

Jesse Ketchum
Firefighter Jesse Ketchum, age 33, died in the line of duty on May 29, 2017, on a roadway 3 miles north of Memphis, Missouri.

Firefighter Ketchum was a volunteer member of the City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department. He had several years of service with the Department and had also served with the Scotland County Fire Association.

Memphis is a city in Scotland County, Missouri, with a population of under 2,000.

At about 6:00 p.m., Jesse was responding to a call that a field was on fire out of town. He was driving a fire apparatus truck when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle overturned several times. Jesse was ejected from the vehicle as was another passenger.

Tragically, Jessie succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The other man, John Chancellor, was flown to a hospital in Columbus, Missouri, with
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Jesse
and for those who have lost him.

serious injuries. 


A funding site has been set up to help the family with expenses.

The members of the City of Memphis Fire Department and the members of the Scotland County Fire Association are in mourning over the death of their brother. He did what was needed to be done. Jesse will be forever remembered.

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

Jessie is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, his brother, his wife, two daughters and two sons.

Thank you for your service to the community, Jesse.

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

Aaron Crook - Police Officer Fatality - West Virginia

Aaron Crook
Lieutenant Aaron Crook, age 32, died in the line of duty on May 30, 2017, at a hospital in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Lieutenant Crook was a member of the Bluefield Police Department in West Virginia. He had 9 years of service.

Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia and is part of the Bluefield Virginia- Bluefield West Virginia municipal area. The region has a population of under 110,000.

Just after midnight officers were pursuing a suspected drunk driver on a Bluefield, West Virginia street. Aaron's patrol car was involved in a motor vehicle accident with another vehicle.

Aaron was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The male who was being pursued, Morgan Walker, age 27, is facing a number of
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Aaron and
for those who have lost him.
charges including DUI causing death. Reportedly, at the scene, he admitted that he had been drinking all day and that he was drunk.

Morgan Walker is innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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.

Aaron was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

The members of the Bluefield Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Aaron was a caring professional who could be relied upon to get the job done. He was part of the team. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

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


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

May 30, 2017

William Durr - Deputy Sheriff Fatality - Mississippi

William Durr
Deputy Sheriff William Durr, age 36, died in the line of duty on May 27, 2017, in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. 

Bogue Chitto is a village of under 550, located about 10 miles south of Brookhaven. 

Deputy Sheriff Durr was a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, based in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He had two years of service with the Sheriff's Office and four years of prior service with the Brookhaven Police Department.

After 11:00 p.m., William was dispatched to a domestic disturbance call in Bogue Chitto. He arrived at the residence and was shot by a male subject who was having a dispute with his estranged wife. The wife was able to escape from the premises but the male subject murdered three other females at the residence. He then drove to two different locations in Brookhaven and murdered four more people.

Willie Cory Godbolt, age 35, was taken into custody the following morning. He will be charged with 8 murders. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for William Durr
and for those who have lost him.
Friends describe William Durr as a man of deep religious faith. He was a caring and friendly man who loved to make children smile. He had a good heart. 

The members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Brookhaven Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. William died in the service of his community. He will be forever remembered.

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

William is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and son.

Thank you for your service to the community, William. 

Pray for justice for William Durr.

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

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

Pray for all of the victims of this senseless tragedy.