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  • 2020 Law Enforcement Memorial


  • AAMVA honors law enforcement officers of member jurisdictions who make the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties. Our deepest respect and sympathy goes out to the families and agencies of those fallen officers.

  • Trooper Jennifer CzarneckiTrooper Jennifer Czarnecki

    New York State Police 
    End of Watch:
    December 5, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    Not Available
    Tour of Duty: 20 years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Terrorist Attack

    Trooper Jennifer Czarnecki died as the result of cancer contracted while assisting with rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

    Trooper Czarnecki is survived by her husband, mother and brother.


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    Officer Andy Ornelas 

    California Highway Patrol 
    End of Watch:
    December 2, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    27
    Tour of Duty: 4 years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Motorcycle Crash

    Officer Andy Ornelas succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Palmdale nine days earlier.

    He was responding to a vehicle crash when another vehicle attempted a U-turn after missing its turn into a driveway turning directly into Officer Ornelas' path. Officer Ornelas was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on December 2nd, 2020.

    Officer Ornelas had served with the California Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister. His parents, brother, and an uncle all serve in law enforcement.


    Marc Hovingh


    Constable Marc Hovingh 

    Ontario Provincial Police

    End of Watch: November 19, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age: 52
    Tour of Duty: 28 years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire 

    Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Constable Marc Hovingh and another constable were following up an investigation into a property dispute when the 52-year-old officer was shot. He was shot after he and another officer responded to a call about an “unwanted man” on a property in Gore Bay – one of several towns on Manitoulin Island. OPP said he and the man exchanged gunfire, and both died after being taken to hospital. The other officer was uninjured in the incident. Constable Hovingh is survived by his four children. 

    Captain Jeff Sewell

    Captain Jeff Sewell

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol
    End of Watch: 
    September 26, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age: 
    58
    Tour of Duty: 32 years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: 
    COVID-19: Contracted on-duty 

    Captain Jeff Sewell died as the result of complications after he contracted COVID-19 while on duty.

    Captain Sewell had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 32 years and was assigned to the Officers Assistance Program. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

    Trooper Thomas Devlin


    Trooper Thomas Devlin 

    Massachusetts State Police
    End of Watch:
    September 3, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    56
    Tour of Duty: 33 years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Struck by Vehicle 

    Trooper Thomas Devlin succumbed to injuries sustained on July 26th, 2020, when he was struck by a vehicle on Route 3, while conducting a traffic stop.

    He was speaking to the driver of the vehicle he stopped when another vehicle drove onto the shoulder of the roadway and struck him, pinning him between the two cars. He suffered serious head and back injuries. He passed away from complications of the injuries on September 3rd, 2020.



    Caleb Starr

    Trooper Caleb Starr

    Michigan State Police
    End of Watch
    : July 31, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    33
    Tour of Duty: 1 Year, 10-months

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Vehicle Crash 

    Trooper Caleb Starr succumbed to injuries sustained three weeks earlier when his vehicle was struck head-on by an intoxicated driver.

    He was traveling west on Grand River Avenue, in Boston Township, responding to a low-priority call when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck his vehicle. He had to be extricated from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, in Grand Rapids, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

    Trooper Starr served with the Michigan State Police for less than two years. He is survived by his wife, and two children.



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    Trooper First Class Eugene Kenneth Baron, Jr. 

    Connecticut State Police
    End of Watch:
    May 25, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    56
    Tour of Duty: 18 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Terrorist Attack 
    Date of Incident: September 11, 2001

    Trooper First Class Eugene Baron died as the result of cancer contracted while assisting with rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

    Trooper Baron had served with the Connecticut State Police for 18 years prior to medically retiring. He is survived by three children, parents, two sisters, his girlfriend and her two children.


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    Trooper George Baker

    Louisiana State Police
    End of Watch:
    May 24, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    33
    Tour of Duty: 10 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Struck by Vehicle 
    Date of Incident: May 20, 2020

    Trooper George Baker succumbed to injuries sustained on May 20th, 2020, when he was struck by a Hammond patrol car while removing stop sticks from the roadway during a vehicle pursuit.

    The pursuit started when officers from the Hammond Police Department attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle. Trooper Baker and another trooper successfully deployed stop sticks. As the troopers attempted to remove the stop sticks from the roadway, they were inadvertently struck by a responding Hammond patrol car.

    Both troopers were transported to a local hospital where Trooper Baker succumbed to his injuries on May 24th, 2020. Trooper Baker's organs were donated upon his death. The second trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

    Trooper Baker was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and sisters.


    Constable Heidi Stevenson


    Constable Heidi Stevenson 

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
    End of Watch:
    April 19, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    Not Available
    Tour of Duty: 23 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire 
    Date of Incident: April 19, 2020

    Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the RCMP was killed while responding to an active shooter incident in Nova Scotia.  Constable Stevenson is survived by her parents, husband, and two children. 


    Trooper Nolan Sanders


    Trooper Nolan Sanders 

    North Carolina Highway Patrol
    End of Watch:
    March 27, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    Not Available
    Tour of Duty: 5 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Vehicle Crash 
    Date of Incident: March 27, 2020

    Trooper Nolan Sanders was killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-795 in Wayne County. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

    Trooper Sanders had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for five years.

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    Sergeant Ben Jenkins 

    Nevada Highway Patrol
    End of Watch:
    March 27, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    47
    Tour of Duty: 12 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire 
    Date of Incident: March 27, 2020

    Sergeant Ben Jenkins was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist on US-93 in White Pine County shortly before 6:00 am.

    During the encounter with the subject, the man fatally shot Sergeant Jenkins. The man then stole Sergeant Jenkins' uniform and patrol car and fled the area. He was apprehended several hours later following a massive manhunt involving numerous agencies.

    Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and mother.


    Trooper Justin Schaffer



    Trooper Justin Schaffer 

    Washington State Patrol
    End of Watch
    : March 24, 2020

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    28
    Tour of Duty: 7 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Struck by Vehicle  
    Date of Incident: March 24, 2020

    Trooper Justin Schaffer was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks during a vehicle pursuit along I-5 in Chehalis.

    The suspect driving the vehicle had stolen an item from a convenience store and had threatened the clerk with a stun gun. Thurston County deputies spotted the truck and the vehicle fled with deputies pursuing it.

    Trooper Schaffer was struck by the subject as he attempted to deploy stop sticks near mile marker 79 on I-5. The man continued to flee until stopping and barricading himself inside his vehicle several miles later. He was taken into custody by Thurston County deputies.

    Trooper Schaffer had served with the Washington State Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

    Trooper Joseph Bullock



    Trooper Joseph Bullock

    Florida Highway Patrol
    End of Watch:
    February 5, 2020


    Biographical Info
    Age:
    Not Available
    Tour of Duty: 19 Years

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire  
    Date of Incident: February 5, 2020

    Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed when he encountered a disabled vehicle on I-95 just north of the interstate rest area in Martin County. He stopped to assist what he believed to be a disabled motorist. One of the occupants of the vehicle fatally shot him as he approached.

    A Riviera Beach police officer who happened to be driving past the scene shot and killed the subject.

    Trooper Bullock was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.