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Line of Duty Deaths

This page is a tribute to the young men and women who have died as a result of their commitment to their duties.  They realized the importance of our civic responsibility to take part in making our community a better place, despite the inherent risk involved in being part of any organization that enforces order.

Submissions for the memorial, email: AnthonyM83@gmail.com

For a tribute to explorers who have died off-duty, visit: Off-Duty Deaths

For recognition of explorers who have gone above and beyond, visit: Special Recognition

Updated: September 07, 2011

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Police Lieutenant Sheryl Ann Horak

Bettendorf Police Department
End of Watch: April 25, 1987
Age: 15

Sheryl was shot and killed during a ride-along by a deranged individual. Sheryl was sitting in a squad car outside the station, waiting for her officer, when the car was riddled with bullets. The suspect later said he thought she was a full-time officer. The Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship was set up in her memory.

Sheriff Explorer James Gardner

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: 1992

James was shot by gang members who recognized him as a member of the Sheriff's Department while off-duty in his own neighborhood.

Police Explorer Aaron Phillips

Detroit Police Department
End of Watch: August, 1995
Age: 19

Aaron was working the graveyard shift on a Saturday night. He was riding with Sergeant Earl White and Officer Lindora Smith, when they attempted to effect a traffic stop on a reckless vehicle at 0240 hours. The suspect vehicle sped away, attempting to elude, and a pursuit ensued. Aaron's vehicle collided with another police car, killing everyone aboard. Officer Craig Stewart, the driver of the other one-man police unit was injured, but later recovered. The suspect vehicle escaped, and no arrests were made.

Fire Explorer Chelsea Garvin

Fish River-Marlow Fire Department
End of Watch: December 15, 2005
Age: 19

Chelsea was riding the FD's search and rescue boat, at night, following a boat parade detail. Another boat, operating without proper lighting equipment, collided with the FD boat, knocking Chelsea unconscious for 15 minutes. She was revived and transported by LifeFlight  and held in intensive care. She was removed from life support 5 days later.

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