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November 30, 2011

Buddy Ray Herron - Corrections Officer - Oregon

Correctional Officer Buddy Ray Herron, age 42, was killed on November 29, 2011.

He was assaulted and fatally stabbed along Highway 11, near Pendleton, Oregon.

He was a member of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Buddy was from Helix, Oregon.

Light a candle for Buddy.
Light his way to Heaven.
He had stopped to assist at the scene of a single car accident while en route to begin his shift at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. At some point after stopping he was stabbed by the driver, who then stole Officer Herron's pickup truck. Despite his wound, Officer Herron was able to call 911. Responding units transferred him to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was arrested in the vehicle early the next morning following a vehicle pursuit. He has been charged with parole violations and murder. It was determined that the vehicle he had originally crashed was stolen and had been involved in a burglary earlier in the evening.

Officer Herron had served with the Oregon Department of Corrections for four years and had previously served with the Arizona Department of Corrections. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and also served as a volunteer firefighter. 

Local Police Department officials stated that Police and Corrections officers were shaken by Buddy's death.

Buddy is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Kimberly and their four children.

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

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

Sheldon Steel

British Rifleman Sheldon Steel, age 20, of Bramley, England, died on November 27, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device, while on foot patrol. 

Sheldon was a member of the 5th Battalion The Rifles.

Mary, pray for Sheldon
He joined the Army in November 2009. He had been in Afghanistan just over a month, his unit having been deployed in October.

Family members describe Sheldon as loving, caring and affectionate with his family. They stated that he loved being in the Army. They also stated that he had a good sense of humour and a big heart.

Military officials describe Sheldon as a skilled, robust and intelligent soldier and that he was an excellent marksman. They stated that they were proud to serve with him. 

Sheldon is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his mother, Victoria, his brother Kameron and his sisters Carys and Cody. 

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

Adam Buyes

Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, age 21, of Salem, Oregon, died on November 26, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Adam was a 2008 graduate of McKay High School, where he participated in track and field and football. 
Angels of God, pray for Adam

High School officials describe Adam as loved by his peers and his teachers. They also stated he had high morals and was a hard worker. 

Adam joined the Marines Corps on January 12, 2009. He arrived on Okinawa Sept. 10, 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in May.

His service awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Military officials describe Adam as a dedicated professional and also stated that he cared for his fellow Marines as if they were his brothers.

Adam is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his parents and his brother, Joshua. 

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

November 23, 2011

Thomas Lake

British Private Thomas Lake, age 29, from Watford, England, died on November 20, 2011, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

Thomas was a member of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

He joined the Army in November of 2009 and completed training in May of 2010, joining the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment - known as the Tigers - in Germany shortly afterwards.

Military officials describe Tom as bright, professional, hard working and hugely respected. 
Saint Maximilian Kolbe,
pray for Tom

Family members describe him as a wonderful son who was proud to be a soldier. They also state that he was a loyal, fun-loving action man who was always the first to try anything new and usually excelled at it. 

Tom is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his mother, Carol. 

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

Gregory Baker - Firefighter - Ohio

Firefighter Gregory S. Baker, age 52, died on November 20, 2011, in Monroe County, Ohio.

He was the volunteer Fire Chief for the Lewisville Fire Department in Ohio.

Greg responded to a structure fire and while working at a tanker fill site became ill. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away several hours later from an apparent heart attack.

Saint Florian, Patron Saint
of Firefighters, pray for Greg
Gregory Baker is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife of 31 years, Chris Baker; his daughter, Nikki Lude; and his parents, John and Lois Baker, all of Lewisville.

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 Gregory S. Baker is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Zachary C. Reiff

Cpl. Zachary C. Reiff, age 22, of Preston, Iowa, died on November 21, 2011, of wounds suffered on November 18, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

Zachary graduated from Preston High School in 2007, where he played football, wrestled and ran track.

Saint Francis, pray for Zach
High school officials describe him as a good person who did his own thing and never caused anybody trouble.

Friends said that he was proud to serve his country and that he will be greatly missed.

Zach was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Zach is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his parents, Marcia and Matt Reiff and his brother, Kolby Reiff. 

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

Jack L. Diener II

Pvt. Jack L. Diener II, age 20, of Boyne City, Michigan, died on November 21, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. 

Jesus, pray for Jack
Jack was a 2009 graduate of Boyne City High School. Jack wrestled and played football and baseball while in school, and he spent his junior year as a foreign exchange student in Denmark. High school officials describe him as independent and successful. 

Jack joined the Army in March 2011. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011. 

Family members describe him as hardworking, very quiet and a good kid.

Jack's awards and decorations include The Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge. 

Jack is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Jack and Val Diener; sister Marcie Diener and grandmother, Donna Diener.

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

November 22, 2011

Mariano Rodriguez-Maldonado - Law Enforcement - Puerto Rico

Agent Mariano Rodríguez-Maldonado, age 37, died on November 21, 2011, in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, in the line of duty.

Mariano was a member of the Puerto Rico Police Department. He had 7 years of service.

He and his partner were responding to a call involving a mental patient causing a disturbance at a gas station, when they lost control of the patrol car which struck the highway divider, which impaled the vehicle's passenger side. Agent Rodríguez-Maldonado, who was riding as the passenger, suffered fatal injuries. His partner suffered severe leg injuries.
Pray for Mariano

Mariano is survived by many loved ones, including 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 Mariano Rodriguez-Maldonado is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua D. Corral

Lance Cpl. Joshua D. Corral, age 19, of Danville, California, died on November 18, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

He was known as "Chachi" to his friends. Joshua had only been in Afghanistan for about two-and-a-half months. He was among 10 friends who enlisted in the military soon after graduating from San Ramon Valley High School in 2010.

Light a candle for Joshua.
Light his way to Heaven.
Friends stated that he was very devoted to his family, to his friends, and to his country. Others describe him as focused with a sense of purpose. 

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Joshua is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his parents and 3 brothers.

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

November 21, 2011

Adam E. Dobereiner

Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner, age 21, of Moline, Illinois, died on November 18, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Angels of God, pray for Adam
Adam was a 2008 graduate of Moline High School where he was a wrestler and on the football team.

High school officials describe Adam as a good student and a hard worker with guts and determination.

Friends describe him as outspoken and having a great sense of humor. 

Adam is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his grandfather, Don Smith.

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

November 20, 2011

Jon Young - Firefighter - New Jersey

Fire Captain Jon Young, age 50, died in the line of duty on November 16, 2011, in New Jersey.

Jon was a volunteer member of the Roselle Fire Department.

Captain Young was responding to a fire in his POV when he crashed. First responders performed CPR. He was then transported to the hospital where, a short time later, he passed away. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack while he was driving. 
Saint Florian, Patron Saint
of Firefighters, pray for Jon.

Jon Young is remembered as someone who was always doing something for the community in which he worked. 

Officials stated that Whether he was fighting fires or working EMS, he spent 23½ hours a day doing something for the borough.

During his years of service, Jon performed many acts of courage including helping to save a woman from a burning house, rescuing a driver from a fiery wreck and wading through an icy lake to pull a dog to safety.

Friends and comrades describe Jon as always being there when he was needed, as having a big heart and a genuine man. Others describe Jon as caring and welcoming.

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 Jon Young is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

November 18, 2011

Sean M. Walsh

Spc. Sean M. Walsh, age 21, of San Jose, California, died on November 16, 2011, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained after encountering indirect fire.

He was assigned to the 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, Pittsburg, California.

Military officials describe Sean as a brave warrior. 

Father, place Sean on the
stairway to Heaven
His comrades stated that he will never be forgotten.

Sean is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents. 

Pray for the 21 year olds who die in the line of duty. They are so young. God help them. 

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

The Occupy Movement - pray for them....

The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality.

These people want to negotiate a new "social contract" with their governments and with the corporations.

They want more and better jobs, more equal distribution of income, bank reform, and a reduction of the influence of corporations on politics.

During the recent economic meltdowns in the U.S.A., in which banks and corporations were bailed out with the money of taxpayers, and during which time many citizens lost their jobs, lost their homes and generally fell apart, many of the corporate executives of the bailed out banks and corporations made millions of dollars per year in salary and some of them a few months later got 100,000's of thousands of dollars in "merit awards" for ....doing what? For bankrupting the entire system? 

It is no wonder that the people world wide are uprising. How much greed and inequality should we stand?

The "Arab Spring" has given everyone a clear indication that we are sick of dictators. The dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have fallen. The next to go is the Dictator of Syria. Other dictators in numerous African Banana Republics may soon follow.  People want democracy and they want it now. 

We are also sick of a general malaise in the world in which greedy governments and greedy corporations steal away all hope for justice for the average person. These governments and corporations are thieves who come, not in the night, but blatantly in the day and put their hands in your pocket, unjustly.

I saw a documentary the other day about a town of 8,000 in a state which I won't name. They had a company in that town that made fridges. Almost everyone in that town was somehow dependent on this factory. This company had 1,800 employees there. The Company decided to pull out and close the plant. The State decided to give the Company something like 20 years of tax exemptions, give them a multi-million dollar interest free loan to build a new factory and many other concessions. The Executives of this Company went behind closed doors for 17 minutes and came out and said: "This is the most generous offer that we have ever received. But your town just can't compete with the $1.50 hourly rate that we pay our workers in Mexico." 

Well...get lost then....and sell your fridges in Mexico, where no one can afford them because they are poverty stricken. This Corporation is the epitome of corporate thievery.  They take greed and social irresponsibility to a new level.
This is what the Occupy Wall Street Movement is all about. It is all about a social conscience. It is all about social justice and social responsibility. 

Pray for those who question the governments.

Pray for those who defy the greedy corporations and their shareholders. 

Pray for those who are warriors for change.

Pray for those who speak up and who stand up for justice. Amen

Richard Scanlon

British Lieutenant Richard Scanlon, age 31, was killed on November 17, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device.

Richard was a member of the Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes,
pray for Richard
Richard was from Rhymney, Gwent. He deployed to Afghanistan in October as part of Task Force Helmand's Formation Reconnaissance Squadron.

He had previously served in Bosnia and Iraq. He had left the Army in 2006 but rejoined in 2009.

Military officials describe him as having a fantastic sense of humour with the ability to make anyone smile. They also said that he was an experienced soldier and was calm under pressure.

Family members describe Richard as a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. They stated that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Richard is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Cherry; his step-father, Raymond and his sisters Lisa and Emma.

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

David Boyce

British Lieutenant David Boyce, age 25, was killed on November 17, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device.

David was a member of the Queen's Dragoon Guards. He was from Welwyn Garden City, Herts.

He had only been in Afghanistan for a few weeks.

Military officials describe David as a consummate leader, popular, good humoured and well-respected by all ranks.

Emil Kapaun, on your way
to Sainthood, pray for David
Boyce.
Family members said that David was proud to serve his country in the military and that he had brought sunshine into the lives of all the people he knew.

David is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his father Martin, mother Andrea, sister Charlotte and girlfriend Jodie.

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

James R. Burnett Jr.

Spc. James R. Burnett Jr., age 21, of Wichita, Kansas, died on November 16, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

James attended Clearwater High School in Wichita.

Angels of God, pray for James.
Pray that he is in Heaven.
James joined the Army in April 2008 and arrived at Fort Wainwright in August 2010. He left for a one year deployment in April of 2011. This was his first overseas deployment. 

James said to family members 6 weeks before his death - I’m in a bad place. Pray for me.

And we are praying for you, James. 

James is survived by many loving friends and family members including his father and his fiancee. 

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

Matthew C. Colin

Pfc. Matthew C. Colin, age 22, of Navarre, Florida, died on November 16, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Matthew was a 2007 graduate of Navarre High School.
Father, place Matt on the
path to Heaven.

He joined the Army in February of 2010 and arrived at Fort Wainwright in September of 2010.

High school officials describe Matt as sincere, genuine, and hard working.

Friends describe him as soft-spoken and a great athlete, who will be greatly missed.

Matthew is survived by many loving friends and family members including his father, Ken; his mother Kathy and his older brother, Michael.

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

James Capoot - Law Enforcement - California

Officer James Capoot, age 43, died on November 17, 2011, in Vallejo, California.

He was a member of the Vallejo Police Department in California. He had 19 years of service.

James was shot and killed while pursuing bank-robbery suspects after a high-speed chase. He pursued the suspect vehicle through a residential area, where he executed a PIT maneuver and disabled the suspect vehicle. He then pursued the suspects on foot and was shot several times in the back yard of a residence.

Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jim
He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

One suspect was arrested near the scene. Several neighboring agencies are participating in the search for a possible second suspect.

Officer Capoot was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with the California Highway Patrol before joining the Vallejo Police Department.

Police officials describe Jim as a well-regarded and highly decorated officer.

During his career he received two medals of courage, a medal of merit and was the department's officer of the year in 2000. In 2002 he was honored for giving lifesaving CPR to an injured motorist.

Jim is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife Jennifer and his three daughters.

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 James Capoot is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Peter Eustace

British Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, age 25, of Liverpool, England, died on November 16, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in struck an improvised explosive device.

Peter was a member of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles. He was serving with Delhi Company of the 1st Yorkshire Regiment, attached to the Combined Force in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand Province.

He had previously served hard-fought tours in Iraq and in the deadly Sangin district of northern Helmand. He returned to Afghanistan last month. 
Light a candle for Peter.
Light his way to Heaven.

Military officials describe Peter as one of those men you can completely rely on when things get tough.

Family members said that Peter was very fit and that he always wanted to join the Army. He was committed to carrying out a full career there. He will be missed by his family and friends and is loved by all.

Peter is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Carol; sister Kirsty; brother Ryan and girlfriend Aimi.

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

November 16, 2011

James Edward Hall Jr.

American soldier, James Edward Hall Jr., age 27, died on November 11, 2011, in Miamisburg, Ohio.

James Edward Hall Jr. was known as Jimmy to his friends and family.

Jimmy was severely injured on May 27, 2011, in Afghanistan, due to an improvised explosive device. 

He suffered severe facial burns and shrapnel in his chest. He was returned to the U.S.A. to recover. 

It is believed that he died due to a blood clot or a strain on his heart. He died in his mother's house. He died in his sleep. 

James Hall grew up in Middletown and graduated from Monroe High School in 2003. He joined the Army soon after graduating.

Father, place Jimmy on the
stairway to Heaven. 
He had previously served a year in Iraq and was in the 10th month of his year-long deployment to Afghanistan when he was injured. 

James had received several awards while serving, including the Purple Heart. 

Family members have described Jimmy as a loving son, husband and father.

James is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Carla Hall; his wife, Laura, his son Aiden James Hall; and his grandfather, Lloyd Taylor. His father, James Edward Hall Sr. had died previously.

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

Goran Franjkovic

French Foreign Legionnaire 1st Class Goran Franjkovic, age 25, died on November 14, 2011, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

His unit was involved in checking and clearing land mines and homemade bombs on a road. During the operation, they were attacked by enemy forces and Goran Franjkovic was fatally wounded.

Goran was a Serbian.

Mary, pray for Goran
He was serving with the 2nd Foreign Regiment of Engineers (2e REG). He joined the French Foreign Legion in March of 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2011. This was his first overseas combat deployment.

Military officials describe Goran as motivated and tough, always striving to learn more and to better himself.

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

David Emanuel Hickman

Army Spc. David Emanuel Hickman, age 23, died on November 14, 2011, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit was hit by an improvised explosive device. 

David Hickman was with the White Falcons Second Platoon, stationed at Fort Bragg. 

David was from Greensboro, North Carolina and was a 2006 graduate of Northeast Guilford High School. He later attended college for a time but decided to join the military in 2009. 
Jesus, pray for David

He was only weeks from returning from his tour of duty. 

He was an avid football player in high school and was into martial arts. 

Family members stated that they are proud of him and of his service to his country. 

Friends describe him as genuine and adventurous. 

David is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother and father, Veronica and David Eugene Hickman, and his brother Devon. 

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

Johnathan B. McCain

Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan B. McCain, age 38, of Apache Junction, Arizona, died on November 13, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered after encountering an improvised explosive device while on mounted patrol.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

He grew up in Chandler, Arizona and attended Chandler High School. 

Johnathan joined the Army in April 1992 and served at Kaiserslautern, Germany; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before arriving in Alaska in October 2000. Johnathan also served two previous combat tours of duty in Iraq: from August 2005 to November 2006 and from September 2008 to September 2009.
Light a candle for Johnathan.
Light his way to Heaven.

Family members stated that he was devoted to the military and to the service of his country. He was planning to retire from the military after 20 years of service to spend more time with his family. He is also described as being an avid amateur artist and loved to paint and draw. 

Johnathan is survived by numerous friends and family members including his father, Bob McCain; and his wife and four children.

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

Calvin Matthew Pereda

Spc. Calvin M. Pereda, age 21, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, died on November 12, 2011, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered after encountering an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

He was from Guam in the Mariana Islands. His mother moved her five sons to the Fayetteville area in 2000, when Calvin was about 10 years old. He attended South View High School in Hope Mills.

Raphael, Archangel,
pray for Calvin.
He joined the Army in March of 2010 and graduated from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived in Alaska in August of 2010.

Family members describe him as respectful and soft-spoken. 

Calvin is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his mother, Rosario; and brothers - Clifford, Chaz, Jeremy and Jarrett.

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

November 14, 2011

Shane Wilson - Law Enforcement - Georgia

Police Officer Shane Wilson, age 27, died on November 14, 2011, in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Shane was a member of the Doraville Police Department in Georgia. 

Shane started with the department as a dispatcher in 2003 and became a sworn officer in 2007. He was promoted to detective corporal in September of 2011. 
Angels of God, pray for
Shane.  Pray for his
wife and son.

Shane was off duty, but on call as part of his department's SWAT team, when he was contacted by dispatchers and directed to respond to a home invasion call in Doraville. He was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV on the highway. The crash occurred as he drove to the scene. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

Charges against the driver of the SUV are pending. The driver of the SUV may have been intoxicated. The driver of the SUV was driving the wrong way in traffic. He was driving eastbound in a westbound lane. 

Shane is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his mother, Gail Hanson, and father, J.D. Wilson; and Shane's wife, Katy and his son, Liam. 

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 Shane Wilson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen