Friday, September 30, 2011

Paul Stuckey - Law Enforcement - Louisiana

Sergeant Paul Stuckey, age 47, died on September 30, 2011, in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. He lived in Zachary, Louisiana. 

Paul was a member of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He had 18 years of service. 

Sergeant Stuckey had notified his supervisor at approximately 2:15 am that he had received a report that someone was illegally hunting near St. Francisville. 

Angels of God, pray for Paul
A fisherman located his body, next to his truck, at daybreak at an old ferry landing along the banks of the Mississippi River, dead from a shotgun blast to the chest. Apparently the hunter valued illegal hunting over a human life. The suspect remains at large.

Law Enforcement officials describe Paul as a star. 

Paul is survived by his wife and three children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Paul Stuckey is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

John R. Wimpey Cagle

Lance Cpl. John R. Wimpey Cagle, age 19, of Tucker, Georgia, died on September 28, 2011, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Light a candle for John. Light
his way to Heaven and for
all 19 year old men who die
in war.  They are only
teenagers.  God help us. 
John was a 2010 graduate of Chamblee Charter High School in DeKalb County.

Friends describe John as full of energy and extremely loyal, with a huge heart.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John R. Cagle is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Steven E. Gutowski


Spc. Steven E. Gutowski, age 24, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, died on September 28, 2011, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Steven was a graduate in 2005 of Plymouth North High School.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude,
pray for Steven
Friends describe him as a sincere young man and full of energy and ideas. He was considering a career in law enforcement when he got out of the Army.

Steven had previously survived two other explosions near his vehicle while in Afghanistan.

Steven is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents and two sisters.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Steven E. Gutowski is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Ivan D. Lechowich


1st Lt. Ivan D. Lechowich, age 27, of Valrico, Florida, died on September 28, 2011, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Father, lead Ivan to Heaven.
Ivan graduated from King High School and played baritone saxophone in the school band. He studied history at the University of Florida.

Friends describe him as an inspiration to others, funny and interesting, and intelligent. 

Ivan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Richard and Gina Lechowich, of Valrico; his wife Jennifer and their newborn daughter.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ivan D. Lechowich is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

David A. Drake


Pfc. David A. Drake, age 21, of Lumberton, Texas, died on September 28, 2011, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

David was a 2008 graduate of Lumberton High School. David had only been in Afghanistan for three months, leaving for his first tour of duty in June. 

Jesus, pray for David
and for all 21 year olds
who die in war, and
who barely had a chance to live
Family members stated that David had dreamed of joining the military, even as a child, and that he was proud of serving his country. They also said that he was loved and respected by everyone.

David is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Tommye Clark-Rivers; brother, Terrance Drake, who is also serving in the Army; and his stepfather, Stephen Rivers.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David A. Drake is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Ryan K. Iannelli


1st Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, age 27, of Clarksboro, New Jersey, died on September 28, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He died in a helicopter crash.

He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

Father, lead Ryan to the
stairway to Heaven.
Ryan was a 2002 graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, where he excelled on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. Ryan also attended Oral Roberts University, an interdenominational Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also played ball.

Friends have described Ryan as committed, with tremendous character, and spiritual. 

Ryan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Donna Iannelli. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ryan K. Iannelli is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Bryan Sleeper - Law Enforcement - North Dakota

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Sleeper, age 39, died on September 28, 2011, in the line of duty, in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Bryan was a member of the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, in North Dakota. He had 4 years of service.

Bryan suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting another deputy arrest a combative subject. The other deputy had attempted to stop the man for speeding, but the suspect refused to stop and drove to his home. During the ensuing confrontation, the man was tased twice before Deputy Sleeper could handcuff him.  The suspect is in custody. 

Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Bryan
Deputy Sleeper collapsed moments later. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He died of a heart attack. 

Bryan began his law enforcement career with the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department in 2007 and served as the department’s medical training officer. He was also a member of the West Dakota SWAT Team. Prior to joining the sheriff’s department, Bryan had served as a correctional officer for the North Dakota Department of Corrections.

Bryan graduated from Northwood High School and the University of Mary. 

Police officials describe Bryan as energetic and ambitious. 

Bryan is survived by his wife, Lana, two stepsons, a stepdaughter and a grandson.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Bryan Sleeper is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Leon Smith

New Zealand Lance Corporal Leon Smith, age 33, was killed on September 28, 2011, in Wardak province, Afghanistan. 

He was part of an elite team of New Zealand soldiers supporting the Afghan Crisis Response Unit. Fighting began as police from the unit and their SAS trainers were setting up a cordon around a compound containing suspected Taliban insurgents before carrying out a search and arrest warrant. Lance Corporal Smith was killed by an insurgent when he climbed a ladder to observe the cordon and was shot in the head.
Light a candle for Leon. Light
his way to Heaven.

Previously, Leon had worked as a lifeguard and a postal worker. 

Friends stated that Leon was well-liked, well-respected and committed to whatever he was required to do. He is also described as sincere and genuine. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Leon Smith is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Garrett A. Fant

Spc. Garrett A. Fant, age 21, of American Canyon, California, died on September 26, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Angels of God,
pray for Garrett
He was a 2008 graduate of Napa's Valley Oak High School. High School officials stated that Garrett was a well-liked and respected young man.

Garrett joined the army in March of 2009 and this was his first deployment. 

His awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Friends stated that Garrett was passionate about the military and wanted to serve his country. 

Garrett is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother Julie Farrell; father John Fant; sister Shawna Farrell; and brothers James Keough and Ricky Farrell. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Garrett A. Fant is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Andres Zermeno

1st. Lt. Andres Zermeno, age 26, of San Antonio, Texas, died on September 25, 2011, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Mary, pray for Andy

He graduated from the Science Academy in Mercedes. He was the youngest of five in his family.

Neighbors stated that Andres was a model son. He was in his last month of his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Family members stated that he always wanted to join the military and did so after graduating from college three years ago. 

Andres is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents and siblings and his wife, Rachel and his 3 year old son and 19 month old daughter. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Andres Zermeno is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grief....Again

According to statistics, 156,000 people die every day on Earth. 

Grief and loss are the most
real and most painful
of emotions. 
Pray for all who
are mentioned here.
It is difficult to grasp this concept and this figure. The grief and loss of their loved ones is monumental. 

156,000 souls go to God each and every day. The tears for them could fill an ocean. 

We will all die, in the end, but let us pray to God that we are not killed by War. Let us pray that we are not killed by violence. Pray that we are not subject to injustice. 

For those men and women mentioned here, many of whom have been killed unjustly, ask God to take them to heaven. 

Pray that they are at peace.  Amen.

George W. Fisher III - Firefighter - North Carolina


George W. Fisher III, age 56, died on September 22, 2011, in Kinston, North Carolina. 

He was a volunteer member of the Sandy Bottom Fire Department of Lenoir County, North Carolina. He had 23 years of service with this volunteer fire department. 

He was getting a vehicle serviced when he collapsed. He was transported to hospital, where he died. 

George did not die fighting a fire, but he had responded to 2 calls within hours of his passing. The stress may have contributed to his death. 
Saint Florian,
Patron Saint of
Firefighters,
pray for George

Volunteer firefighters experience just as much stress in fighting fires as do professional firemen. And they die just as readily. 

George Fisher was a member of this fire Department since 1988 and was in charge of the Junior Firefighter Program.

George Fisher is survived by numerous friends and family members including his wife, Sandy Fisher and daughters Jennifer and Lindsay.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that George W. Fisher III is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr.

Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr., age 27, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died on September 25, 2011, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Brigade Combat Team, Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Francisco graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 2003, and joined the Army National Guard on September 11, 2010. 

Light a candle for Francisco.
Light his way to Heaven.
Family members said that Francisco was a patriot and died serving his country. They also said that he was always smiling and that he was a caring man. 

Military officials said that his loyalty will never be forgotten. 

Francisco is survived by his father, Javier Briseno; mother, Lurdes Alvarez, and two siblings, brother, Adrian Briseno, 24, and sister, Diana Briseno, 18.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Keith Gregory Rankin - Firefighter - Pennsylvania

Keith Gregory Rankin, age 38, died on September 22, 2011, of an apparent heart attack, in Bausman, Pennsylvania.

Keith was training at the Lancaster County Fireman's Facility in West Lampeter Township, when he suddenly collapsed during a conversation with his comrades. 

About two dozen fellow firefighters performed CPR on Keith, but he never regained consciousness. 

Keith was a Volunteer with the Lancaster Township Fire Department in Pennsylvania. Keith worked as a full-time constable with Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Angels of God, pray for
Keith

Friends describe Keith as a teddy bear of a guy, who constantly did for others. 

Keith is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife Abby and two stepdaughters.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Keith Gregory Rankin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Franklyn "Frankie" Watson

Lance Corporal Franklyn "Frankie" Watson, age 21, of Vonore, Tennessee, was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 24, 2011. 

His unit was sweeping for Improvised Explosive Devices, when they were attacked by insurgents. 

This was his first tour to Afghanistan. He had been in Afghanistan for three months.

Light a candle for Frankie. Light his
way to Heaven.
Frankie was a 2008 graduate of Sequoyah High School. He then attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy at Cleveland State in 2009, while he was employed as a deputy with Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. He then left the sheriff’s office and became a part-time officer with Madisonville Police before enlisting in the Marine Corps. 

Family members describe him as a brave young man with a heart of gold. Everyone seemed to love him. They said that he had an engaging smile and could make people laugh. They also said that he is a hero and a patriot.

Friends describe him as strong, athletic and competitive.

Frankie is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his step-father, Lowell Russell. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Frankie Watson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Tyler N. Holtz

Sgt. Tyler N. Holtz, age 22, of Dana Point, California, died on September 24, 2011, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Tyler joined the Army in October 2007 after he graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. He was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

Military officials describe him as a courageous and incredibly talented Ranger. 

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, pray
for Tyler
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Tyler Holtz is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Andrew Holtz of Capistrano Beach, California.; his mother, Karen Holtz, and his three brothers, all of Dana Point, California.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Tyler N. Holtz is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Carlos A. Aparicio

Pfc. Carlos A. Aparicio, age 19, of San Bernadino, California, died on September 23, 2011, in Wardak, province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Angels of God, pray for
Carlos
Carlos joined the Army in June 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk in January, 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2011.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal and other honors.

Carlos is survived by his mother and father.

Pray for all teenagers who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Carlos A. Aparicio is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Rafael E. Bigai Baez


Sgt. Rafael E. Bigai Baez, age 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, died on September 23, 2011, in Wardak, province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Mary, pray for Rafael
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Rafael joined the Army in October 2003 and arrived at Fort Polk in June, 2010. He deployed to Kuwait from December 2004 to December 2005. He deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

He was awarded the the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and several other honors.

Rafael is survived by his two children and his mother and father.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Rafael E. Bigai Baez is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Andy C. Morales

Sgt. Andy C. Morales, age 32, of Longwood, Florida, died on September 22, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq. 

He was assigned to the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Orlando, Florida.

Andy Morales joined the Marines in 2002 but left as a sergeant after four years of active duty at bases in Japan and California. He rejoined the military, enlisting with the Army in October of 2010.

Mary, pray for Andy
Andy was the second of five children born to a single mother from Puerto Rico who struggled to keep her family safe and secure in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Family members said that Andy was the warrior of the clan, always fighting to protect his family and work toward their collective success. They also said that he was also the family comic, who made them all laugh. He had a winning smile. His family members consider him a hero and a patriot. 

Andy is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Carmen Gloria Morales; his wife, Mariela and daughters Naiara and Nyobi, and his 4 siblings.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Andy C. Morales is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mario Frasca

Italian soldier, Mario Frasca, age 32, died on September 23, 2011, in a motor vehicle accident, near Herat, Afghanistan. 

Mario was with the Land Forces Command Operations in Verona. He was born in Foggia and was a resident of Verona.

Mario Frasca had enlisted in 1999. Afghanistan was his second mission abroad. He had previously served in Kosovo.
Light a candle for Mario.
Light his way to Heaven. 

Military officials describe him as a good worker and skilled.

Mario is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother and father.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Mario Frasca is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Riccardo Bucci

Italian soldier, Riccardo Bucci, age 34, died on September 23, 2011, in a motor vehicle accident, near Herat, Afghanistan. 

He was born in Milan. He was part of Reggimento Lagunari Serenissima. He joined that regiment in 2007. 

Padre Pio, pray for
Riccardo
This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He also previously served in Bosnia.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta and their daughter who is now thirteen months old.

He was involved in training members of the Afghani military. 

Family members stated that Riccardo was full of life, was devoted to the military and that he will be greatly missed by his family.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Riccardo Bucci is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Massimo Di Legge

Italian soldier, Massimo Di Legge, age 28, died on September 23, 2011, in a motor vehicle accident, near Herat, Afghanistan. 

He is from Aprilia. He was a member of the Central Logistics Group in Rome. 
Mary, pray for
Massimo

It is stated that he believed deeply in his mission to Afghanistan and was proud to serve in the Italian military. 

Friends stated that he was happy and carefree and full of life. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Massimo Di Legge is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Terry C. Wright


Lance Cpl. Terry C. Wright, age 21, of Scio, Ohio, died on September 21, 2011, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  The cause of his death is under investigation.

The 12 Apostles, pray for
Terry and for all 21 year
olds who die in War.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He graduated in 2008 from Carrollton High School and Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia.

Terry Wright joined the Marine Corps in July 2008 and was promoted to lance corporal in April 2009.

He deployed to Afghanistan in December 2009 for his first tour of duty, with his second tour beginning in July 2011.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal for Afghanistan.

High School officials describe Terry as a real likable kid and said that he wanted to be a Marine, even in high school. 

Others said that he was always happy-go-lucky, and that it was a rare day when he was down in the dumps about anything.

Terry is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Dawn Seabolt; brother, Adam Wright who is also serving in the Military; and a sister.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Terry C. Wright is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Robert E. Dyas


Spc. Robert E. Dyas, age 21, of Nampa, Idaho, died on September 21, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Robert Dyas attended Skyview High School. He earned a GED before going in the military. Robert was on his first deployment and was scheduled to come home in January. 

Father,  place Robert on the
stairway to Heaven.
Family members describe him as a true hero, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Robert planned to go back to school and learn a trade when he got out of the military. He was engaged to Kasey Kobelt and was planning to get married and start a family when his service wrapped up.

Robert is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Melissa Nowland; step-father, Jerry Nowland; brother, Jake Nowland and fiancee, Kasey Kobelt.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Robert E. Dyas is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jakob J. Roelli


Spc. Jakob J. Roelli, age 24, of Darlington, Wisconsin, died on September 21, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Jakob grew up on a farm, graduated from Darlington High School in 2006 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh before joining the military in 2007.
Jesus, pray for Jakob

Family members describe him as the best of the best. 

Friends describe him as dedicated to the Special Forces, and as a fearless man. Others stated that he loved his family and God and that he loved serving his country.

Jakob is survived by many loving friends and family members, including his father, Richard Roelli.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jakob J. Roelli is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.