October 31, 2014

David Payne - Law Enforcement - Arizona

David Payne
Police Officer David Payne, age 37, died in the line of duty on October 31, 2014, at a hospital in Chandler, Arizona.

Officer Payne was a member of the Chandler Police Department. He had 7 years of service. He was a member of the DUI traffic unit.

At about 12:40 a.m., David was on patrol on his police motorcycle and was stopped at an intersection. He was rear-ended by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was arrested a short time later. 

Brian Yazzie
The driver, Brian Yazzie, age 32 of Tempe, Arizona, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was driving with a suspended license and had an 11 month old baby in the car. He has a previous conviction for drunk driving in 2010.

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. 

If you wish to contribute to the family of David Payne, you can contact any branch of Arizona Bank & Trust and quote account No. 9361089137. 

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
David and for those who
have lost him
The Chandler Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. David was passionate about removing impaired drivers from the streets. He loved his job and was good at it. He will be forever remembered.

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

David is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members.

Thank you for your service to the community, David. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

Troy Magee - Firefighter - New Orleans, Louisiana

Troy Magee
Captain Troy Magee, age 39, died in the line of duty on October 27, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Captain Magee was a member of the New Orleans Fire Department. He had 13 years of service. He worked out of Fire Station No. 7.

Troy was attending a fire department training assignment in New Mexico. On October 24, 2014, he suddenly fell ill. He passed away in New Mexico three days later. 

Further medical details are not available. 

The New Orleans Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Fire Department officials described Troy as knowledgeable and professional. His character exemplified what it means to be a firefighter. He was always trying to improve himself. He will be forever remembered.

Troy had received an Outstanding Employee Award after rescuing a crash victim from a burning car near Baton Rouge.

Friends stated that Troy always wanted to be a firefighter even as a teenager. He is
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Troy
and for those who have
lost him
described as a great friend who was humble.

Troy's loved ones are devastated over his sudden death. They describe him as a man of faith who was devoted to the Fire Department. He will be forever mourned.

Troy is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members.

Thank you for your service to the community, Troy.

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

October 29, 2014

Jesse Valdez III - Law Enforcement - Texas

Jesse Valdez
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, age 32, died in the line of duty on October 29, 2014, at a hospital in Houston, Texas.

Jesse was a member of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He had 11 years of service. He worked with the District 3 patrol division on the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift.

Jesse was on his way to do a welfare check when an SUV crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head on. The patrol car was pushed into a ditch and Jesse was trapped inside.

Rescue crews were able to extricate him and rushed him to a local hospital. He died early in the morning of the next day.

The driver of the SUV, Kelly Jo Ivey, age 29, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. She had recently been sentenced to a two year prison term for possession of meth but had recently been released on parole. She had also served time on two previous occasions for theft.

Advice To All Drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk or doped up on street
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jesse and for those who have lost him.
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.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their young brother. Jesse will be forever remembered.

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

Jesse is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and his 10 year old son.

Thank you for your service to the community, Jesse.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

Shaun Diamond - Law Enforcement - California

Police Officer Shaun Diamond, age 46, died in the line of duty on October 29, 2014, at a hospital in Pasadena, California.
Shaun Diamond

Shaun was a member of the Pomona Police Department. He had 8 years of service with the Department and 16 years in law enforcement.

On October 28, 2014, Shaun was the lead officer of a SWAT team which was attempting to serve a warrant on a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

At about 2:00 a.m, the SWAT team was trying to bust out the storm door of a house in San Gabriel. The subject inside the house fired a single shot from a shotgun. Shaun was shot in the head. He was wearing a Kevlar helmet.  It is speculated that the shot may have been a ricochet.

Shaun was rushed to a hospital but sadly he died of his injuries the next morning.

The subject, David Martinez, age 36, of San Gabriel, was taken into custody at the scene.  He is a motorcycle gang member and has previous convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

Shaun had previously served with the Los Angeles and the Montebello Police
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray
for Shaun and for those
who have lost him.
Departments. 


Shaun was working as a field training officer and was involved in providing services to businesses and residents in Pomona's downtown area.

The Pomona Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. They describe Shaun as a top notch guy with a great sense of humor. He was active in the community and was well liked.  He will be forever remembered.

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

Shaun is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including two children. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Shaun.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

John Timothy Williamson - Law Enforcement - Alabama

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Tim and for those who
have lost him.
Deputy Sheriff John Timothy Williamson, age 48, of Greenville, Alabama, died on October 25, 2014, at a hospital in Montgomery, Alabama.

He was known as Tim to his family and friends.

Tim was a member of the Butler County Sheriff's Office. He had 20 years of service.

On October 20, 2014, Tim struggled with a suspect he was trying to arrest. During the confrontation he felt that he had strained a muscle in his chest. He didn't seek medical treatment but the pain continued. On October 23, 2014, he had responded to several calls for service and experienced more pain. He drove himself to a local hospital where he was told he had had a heart attack.

As he was being transported to a second hospital, Tim suffered a massive heart attack. He died two days later on October 25.

Tim was a U.S. Navy Vet.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

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

Tim is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his father, John Bill Williamson; his step-father, Lavon Ward, his sister, April, and brothers, Stephen and Josh.  He was predeceased by his mother, Brenda.

Thank you for your service to the community, Tim.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Eugene Kostiuchenko - Law Enforcement - California

Eugene Kostiuchenko
Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko, age 41, died in the line of duty on October 28, 2014, on a freeway in California.

Eugene was a member of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in Camarillo. He had 11 years of service.

Around 1:15 a.m., Eugene had completed a traffic stop on a local freeway and was returning to his patrol car. He was struck by a suspected drunk driver who fled the scene. The driver crashed his vehicle a short distance away and was taken into custody.

Kevin Hogrefe, age 25, of Camarillo, has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and faces other charges of a very serious nature.  He has a previous conviction for driving while drunk. 

Kevin Hogrefe
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.

Eugene had emigrated from Ukraine.  It was his dream to become a law enforcement officer. 

Comrades describe him as a good natured man who had a sense of humor. He was determined and compassionate.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Eugene's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be
Light a candle for Eugene.  Light his way
to Heaven.
forever mourned.

Eugene is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and stepchildren.

Thank you for your service to the community, Eugene.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

Robert Blajszczak - Law Enforcement - South Carolina

Robert Blajszczak
Patrolman Robert Blajszczak, age 40, died in the line of duty on October 26, 2014, at a hospital in South Carolina.

Robert was a member of the Summerville Police Department. He had 7 years of service with the Department. He was assigned to the Traffic Division.

On October 20, 2014, Robert was conducting a traffic stop on Main Street, Summerville. He began to experience difficulty and a passing officer radioed for assistance. Robert was transported to a local hospital where sadly he passed away six days later.

Robert had previously served with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Moncks Corner Police Department and Edisto Beach Police Department. 

His nicknames to many of his friends and comrades were "Lumpy" and "Blaze". 

Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Robert and for
those who have lost him
Friends describe him as popular, friendly, honest and helpful.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke. He will be greatly missed.

The Summerville Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Robert's loved ones are devastated over his death. He will be forever mourned.

Robert is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including four children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Robert.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Jeffrey Garrett - Law Enforcement - Alabama

Jeffrey Garrett
Sergeant Jeffrey Garrett, age 47, of Headland, Alabama, died in the line of duty on October 27, 2014, at a hospital in Dothan, Alabama.

Sergeant Garrett was a member of the Dothan Police Department. He had over 20 years of service.

Jeff had participated in a two mile training run with other officers. Just after 8:00 a.m., he and the other officers were talking when he suddenly collapsed. The officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. Jeff was transported to the local hospital where sadly he passed away.

Jeff graduated from Headland High School in 1985.  He had four years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was working for the Police Department as a training supervisor.

Jeff was a fan of football and loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was also a baseball umpire.  He liked to cook for family and friends.  He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Headland.

The Dothan Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint
of the Police, pray for Jeff and for
those who have lost him.
be forever remembered.

Jeff's loved ones are devastated over his sudden death. He will be forever mourned.

Jeff is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Tonya; brothers Charlie, Jesse and Charles, sister Toni; his wife Michelle; his son Jacob; his daughters, Victoria and Rachel; and his step-children, Kaleb and Claire.  He was predeceased by his father Charles and his sister, Vicki Rose. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Jeff. 

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

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

October 27, 2014

Shaun Eagleson - a victim of alleged drunk driving in Newport Beach, California

Shaun and Sandra Eagleson
Shaun Eagleson, age 30, of Fountain Valley, died on October 19, 2014, at a hospital in Mission Viejo, California.

He was cycling along the East Coast Highway in the late afternoon. He biked everywhere, even to work.

Shaun was struck by a man driving a pickup truck who fled the scene of the collision. The driver is also suspected of being drunk at the time.

Neil Storm Stephany, age 23, of Huntington Beach, has been charged with murder, felony hit-and-run and possession of a controlled substance. In 2010, he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was charged with drunk driving in 2011. In March of 2013, he was charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. He has had a restraining order placed against him.


A fund raising website has been set up to help Shaun's family cover funeral expenses at gofundme.com/g2gdss.

Shaun and his wife, Sandra, met at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. He was shy and it took forever for him to approach her. They were married eight years ago.

Shaun was a talented musician who had attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He got a job selling and installing high-end audio systems in Huntington
Angels of God, pray for Shaun and
for those who have lost him
Beach.

Friends describe him as genuine, kind and humble. He loved his family, animals and music.

Shaun's family are devastated by his tragic and senseless death. They describe him as a loving, affectionate and considerate husband. He was a hard-worker. He was always there for his wife.

He will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears will be shed for this man.

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.

Shaun is survived by many loving relatives including his mother, Sylvia; his father, Craig; and his wife, Sandra.

Pray for justice for Shaun.

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

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

Anthony Haase - Law Enforcement - New Mexico

Officer Anthony Haase, age 24, died in the line of duty on October 26, 2014, on a highway near Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 
Anthony Haase

Anthony was a member of the Rio Rancho Police Department. He had worked for the Department for one year and was sworn in as an officer only five months ago. 

Officer Haase was responding to a domestic violence call at 3:00 a.m.  A man was beating up a woman and threatening other family members with a gun. 

As Anthony proceeded to the call, his patrol car left the roadway and crashed into a ditch fatally injuring him.  The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Anthony had graduated from Rio Rancho High School where he was into Baseball. 

He attended Cochise College in Arizona. He then played baseball in the minor leagues in Texas and Arizona. He is described as good kid, level-headed and well-liked by his peers.  

Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint
of the Police, pray for Anthony
and for those who have lost him
He was hired by the Rio Rancho Police in October of 2013. 

The Rio Rancho Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother.  Anthony is described as a quiet, energetic and hardworking officer. He will be forever remembered. 

Anthony's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Anthony is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Nichole.

Thank you for your service to the community, Anthony.

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

Christopher Kalafut - U.S. Military

Chistopher Kalfut and his five children
Commander Christopher E. Kalafut, age 49, of Oceanside, California, died on October 24, 2014, in Doha, Qatar, at Al Udeid Air Base. 

He was a Reservist and a Commander in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

He was serving as part of the war effort in Afghanistan. 

He was found deceased in his room at the Qatari Air Base.  The cause of his death is under investigation. 

Chris graduated from El Camino High School where he played football and was a band member. His goal was to become an engineer and a pilot and he accomplished both of those goals. 

After graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Chris served on
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, pray
for Christopher and for those
who have lost him.
active duty with the Navy, then transitioned to the Naval Reserve where he was actively involved in the Counter-Narcotic Mission throughout Central and South America.

He married his high school sweetheart, Mary, had five children and settled in Georgia.  He had been working as a pilot for Delta Airlines since 2001.  

Christopher's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He is described as intelligent, level-headed and a family man who was devoted to his wife and to his children. He wanted the best for them. He was extremely proud of his wife and children and felt blessed to have them.

He will be forever mourned.

Christopher is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives, including his father, Stephen Kalafut; his wife, Mary; and his five children -  Marrion, Meachan, Christopher, Keegan, and Michael.

Thank you for serving, Christopher. 

Pray for all who die far from their loved ones.  

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to War.  

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

October 25, 2014

Danny Oliver and Michael Davis Jr. - Law Enforcement Officers - killed in California

Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, age 47, died on October 24, 2014, in Sacramento, California. 

Danny Oliver (L); Michael Davis Jr. (R)
He was a member of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.  He had 15 years of service. 

At about 10:30 a.m., Danny and another deputy were investigating a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot.  As they approached the vehicle a male inside the vehicle opened fire with a rifle, striking Deputy Oliver in the forehead. 

The male occupant of the vehicle fled the scene with a woman inside the vehicle. These two then shot an innocent civilian, Anthony Holmes, age 38, when they attempted to hijack a vehicle. They also hijacked two other cars and continued to try desperately to escape. 

They came to a stop on a local highway. They were spotted by Detective Michael Davis and his partner.  The officers approached the vehicle and both were shot. Michael Davis, age 43, was rushed to a local hospital where sadly he succumbed to his injuries. 

Michael was a member of the Placer County Sheriff's Department.  He had 15 years of service. 

Both the male and female suspects were arrested in connection with these horrific
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Danny Oliver and for
Michael Davis Jr. and for
those who have lost them. 
crimes. Marcelo Marquez, age 34, from Salt Lake City, is in custody. So is his wife/girlfriend, Jannelle Monroy, age 38. 

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is in mourning over the death of their brother, Danny. He was an outstanding officer. He had a good soul and was passionate about doing the right thing as a police officer. He tried to improve the lives of the citizens in his jurisdiction.  He will be forever remembered. 

The Placer County Sheriff's Department is in mourning over the death of their comrade.  Michael is described as a good man who did his best.  He will be forever remembered.

Danny and Michael's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for these men.  They will be forever mourned. 

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Danny and Michael.  

Pray for justice for these two officers. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Psychopaths who bring death to strangers.  They are killing us, Father. 

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

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

Sean Neal - U.S. Military fatality in Iraq

Lance Corporal Sean Neal, age 19, of Riverside, California, died on October 23, 2014, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. 

Sean Neal 
The cause of his death is under investigation.

Sean was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

Details are limited as of this posting.

Sean graduated from La Sierra High School in Riverside. He enlisted shortly after graduating in 2013. 

He deployed to the Middle East in September of 2014. 

Friends describe Sean as a good kid, who liked to have fun.  He had a huge smile on his face.  He liked to play video games. He was just starting out in life.

Sean was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for a previous deployment, and had received 15 other awards and ribbons, including the Purple Heart.

Sean's military comrades are in mourning over the loss of their young brother. Sean will be forever remembered.

Sean's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be
Father, place Sean on the stairway to
Heaven.
forever mourned.

Sean is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives. 

Oceans of tears will be shed for this young man. 

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

Thank you for serving, Sean. 

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to war in the Middle East.  Sean would not have died there, if there was no war there.  

We are sick with grief for men like Sean.

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

October 23, 2014

Nathan Cirillo - A Canadian Soldier killed by a Jihadist in Ontario

Nathan Cirillo
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, age 24, of Hamilton, Ontario, died in the line of duty on October 22, 2014, at a hospital in Ottawa, Canada.

Nathan was an Army Reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

At about 10:00 a.m., Corporal Cirillo was standing on honorary guard at the National War Memorial, near the Parliament Buildings, when he was shot at point blank range by a stranger whose face was half covered. Nathan was given immediate first aid and rushed to the hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Nathan was shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, age 32, a Canadian convert to Islam. Zehaf-Bibeau then made his way to the Parliament Buildings with his rifle, entered the building and was shot to death by guards and police there. Authorities believe that the actions of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau were some
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (photo
taken at the scene of the
murder)
sort of Jihadist attack.

Zehaf-Bibeau was the son of a Libyan father and a French-Canadian mother. He was on the Canadian terror watchlist. The authorities had seized his passport to prevent him from leaving the country to join ISIS or other Islamic terror groups. He had prior convictions for drug possession and robbery.

Nathan Cirillo was a single father of a five year old boy who is in kindergarten. He had served as a military cadet when he was a kid. When not serving with the Army Reserves, Nathan worked as a personal fitness trainer and as a bouncer at a bar in Hamilton. He wanted to make the military his full time and permanent career.

Friends stated that Nathan always had a smile on his face. He could elevate the mood in a room. He was a good man who would do anything to help anybody out. He was just there if you needed him. He loved to play the guitar and he loved his two dogs.

All of Canada is in mourning over the death of this young soldier. Oceans of tears will be shed for him.

Military officials stated that the Highlanders are in mourning over the death of their
Angels of God, pray for Nathan and for those who
have lost him.  Pray for his son who has lost
his Dad. 
brother. He was a respected member of their team. He will be forever remembered.

Nathan's family are devastated over his tragic death. Family members said that although Nathan had gone through a somewhat difficult upbringing, he had persevered and was looking forward to achieving the goals he had set for himself.

He will be forever mourned.

Nathan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Kathy; his father in Costa Rica; two sisters; and his young son, Marcus.

Thank you for your service to your country, Nathan.

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

God save us from the religious extremists of all faiths. They are killing us, Father.

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