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  • Law Enforcement Memorial 2015


  • 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 Eli McCarson

    Trooper Eli McCarson - December 2015New Jersey State Police 
    End of Watch:
    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    30
    Tour of Duty: 10 months
         

       
    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Vehicle Crash 
    Date of Incident: December 17, 2015 

    Trooper Eli McCarson was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a domestic violence call. He was driving in heavy rain when he lost control of his patrol car and struck a utility pole. 

    Trooper McCarson was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he died from his injuries. 

    Trooper McCarson had served with the New Jersey State Police for 10 months. 


    Trooper Jaimie Jursevics

    Trooper Jaimie JursevicsColorado State Highway Patrol
    End of Watch:
    Sunday, November 15, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    33
    Tour of Duty: 4 years, 10 months



    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Vehicular Assault 
    Date of Incident: November 15, 2015 

    Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a crash on I-25 in Douglas County. She was outside of her vehicle when she was struck by the car and succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

    The driver who struck her fled the scene but was arrested a short while later by members of the Palmer Lake Marshal's Office. He was charged with DUI, careless driving resulting in death, and other charges.

    Trooper Jursevics is survived by her husband and young child.


    Sergeant Karl Keesee

    Sergeant William Karl Keesee - October 2015Texas Highway Patrol 
    End of Watch:
    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    49
    Tour of Duty: 25 years
       


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Car Crash 
    Date of Incident: October 29, 2015 

    Sergeant Karl Keesee was killed in a single vehicle crash on US 84 approximately two miles west of Goldthwaite, Texas.  His patrol car left the roadway and overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

    Sergeant Keesee had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 25 years.


    Trooper Nathan-Michael Smith

    Trooper Nathan-Michael SmithVirginia State Police 
    End of Watch:
    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    27
    Tour of Duty: 1 year, 3 months
        
       

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Car Crash 
    Date of Incident: September 21, 2015 

    Trooper Nathan-Michael Smith was killed in a single vehicle crash while responding to assist another trooper whom he believed to be in distress. The call he was responding to was dispatched as CPR was being performed on another trooper. It was later determined that the trooper was performing CPR on a civilian crash victim.

    Trooper Smith had served with the Virginia State Police for 15 months and was assigned to the Richmond Area Office. He is survived by his wife and two children.

    Trooper Kyle Young

    Trooper Kyle Young - September 2015Vermont State Police 
    End of Watch:
    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 28
    Tour of Duty: 1 year, 9 months
       
       

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Medical Event 
    Date of Incident: September 17, 2015 

    Trooper Kyle Young suffered a fatal medical emergency while participating in a training session with the agency's Tactical Services Unit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho.

    Trooper Young was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Vermont State Police for 21 months. 


    Trooper Joseph Ponder

    Trooper Joseph Ponder - September 2015Kentucky State Police  
    End of Watch:
    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    31
    Tour of Duty: 9 months
       


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire
    Date of Incident: September 13, 2015 

    Trooper Joseph Ponder was shot and killed after conducting a vehicle stop.

    Trooper Ponder was on patrol when he observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. He conducted a vehicle stop on Interstate 24. The vehicle fled during the stop, leading Trooper Ponder on a nine-mile pursuit. During the chase, the suspect abruptly stopped his vehicle, causing Trooper Ponder to crash into the vehicle. The suspect then exited his vehicle and opened fire, killing Trooper Ponder. 

    Trooper Ponder had served with the Kentucky State Police for nine months. He had previously served with the United States Navy. 


    Trooper Chad H. Wolf

    Trooper Chad Wolf (August 2015)Michigan State Police  
    End of Watch:
    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 38
    Tour of Duty: 7 years



    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Motorcycle Crash
    Date of Incident: August 28, 2015

    Trooper Chad Wolf was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.

    Trooper Wolf was on motorcycle patrol on I-75 when a vehicle towing an empty trailer traveling in the left lane quickly changed lanes and struck Trooper Wolf's motorcycle. Trooper Wolf was dragged for several miles on I-75 before the driver pulled over at a rest area.

    Trooper Wolf is survived by his wife and four children.


    Trooper James M. Bava

    Trooper James M Bava (August 2015)Missouri State Highway Patrol  
    End of Watch:
    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    25
    Tour of Duty: 2 years


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Patrol Car Crash
    Date of Incident: August 28, 2015

    Trooper James Bava was killed in a single vehicle crash in Audrain County while initiating a traffic stop of a motorcycle. Trooper Bava had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for two years and was assigned to Troop F. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. 


    Senior Trooper Steven Vincent

    Trooper Steven Vincent (August 2015)Louisiana State Police 
    End of Watch: Monday,
    August 24, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    43
    Tour of Duty: 24 years



    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Date of Incident: August 23, 2015

    Senior Trooper Steven Vincent was shot and killed while checking on a vehicle that was being operated by a suspected intoxicated driver on Highway 14 near Bell City.

    Trooper Vincent approached the vehicle and began speaking with the occupant and then ordered him to exit the vehicle. The male exited the vehicle with a sawed off shotgun in his hand and opened fire, striking Trooper Vincent in the head. The man then taunted Trooper Vincent as he lay on the ground mortally wounded.

    A passing motorist witnessed the incident, stopped his vehicle and tackled the subject. He then wrestled the shotgun away from the man while additional civilians who stopped to assist, utilized Trooper Vincent's handcuffs to cuff and take the subject into custody. They then called for assistance and rendered aid to Trooper Vincent.

    Trooper Vincent was taken to Lake Charles Hospital where he died the next day from his wounds.

    Trooper Vincent was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.


    Detective Brent L. Hanger

    Detective Brent Hanger - August 2015Washington State Patrol, Washington
    End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 2015
      
    Biographical Info
    Age:
    47
    Tour of Duty: 17 years


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Heart attack
    Date of Incident: August 6, 2015

    Detective Brent Hanger suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking into a remote area of Chinook Pass, near Yakima, to investigate reports of a marijuana grow operation.

    He began to suffer chest pains and shortness of breath. Other detectives who were with him immediately called for assistance and started CPR after he collapsed, but were unable to revive him.

    Detective Hanger had served with the Washington State Patrol for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


    Trooper Eric Chrisman

    Trooper Eric Chrisman (June 2015)Kentucky State Police 
    End of Watch:
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    23
    Tour of Duty: 6-months


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Automobile Crash
    Date of Incident: June 23, 2015

    Trooper Eric Chrisman was killed in a vehicle crash on the US Route 62 in Livingston County.

    He was responding to a reckless driver complaint when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer. Trooper Chrisman's vehicle was struck on the driver's side, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

    Trooper Chrisman had served with the Kentucky State Police for only six months.
     


    Trooper Anthony Raspa

    Trooper Anthony Raspa - May 2015New Jersey State Police 
    End of Watch: Thursday, May 30, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 25
    Tour of Duty: 19-months


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Automobile Crash
    Date of Incident: May 30, 2015

    Trooper Anthony Raspa was killed in a vehicle crash on I-195 in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

    The patrol car he was driving struck a deer in his traveled lane, and then left the roadway and collided with a tree. He and his partner were both transported to the Hospital Trooper Raspa succumbed to his injuries.


    Inspector Robert James Bowling

    Inspector Robert James Bowling (May 2015)North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, License and Theft Bureau 
    End of Watch: Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 50
    Tour of Duty: 24 years


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Automobile Crash
    Date of Incident: May 21, 2015
    Inspector Robbie Bowling was killed in a vehicle crash on Old Hillsborough Road in Mebane, at approximately 11:30 am.

    His department vehicle collided head-on with a cement mixer after crossing the center line. The vehicle became engulfed in flames and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

    Inspector Bowling had served with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau for 24 years. He is survived by his wife.
                        

                           

    Trooper Trevor Casper

    Trooper Trevor Casper - March 2015Wisconsin State Patrol
    End of Watch:
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age:
    21
    Tour of Duty: 3 months


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death:
    Gunfire
    Date of Incident: March 24, 2015
    Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect.

    The subject was believed to have robbed a bank in Wausaukee approximately four hours earlier. Approximately one hour after the bank robbery the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving, murdered a citizen, and stole a second vehicle.

    Trooper Casper located the second vehicle as it was being driven through Fond du Lac and began following it. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of U.S. 41 and West Johnson Street and the man opened fire on Trooper Casper. Trooper Casper returned fire and both he and the subject were killed.

    Trooper Casper had graduated from the police academy only three months prior to the incident. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.
                


    Trooper Donald R. Fredenburg, Jr.

    Donald Fredenburg (March 2015)New York State Police 
    End of Watch:
    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 23
    Tour of Duty: 2-weeks


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Heart Attack
    Date of Incident: March 13, 2015
    Trooper Donald Fredenburg suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a morning training run at the New York State Police Academy.

    He and other newly sworn in troopers had just begun their run around the SUNY Albany campus when he suddenly collapsed. Academy staff immediately provided medical attention, including the use of an AED, which restarted his heart. He was transported to Albany Medical Center where he passed away at approximately 7:30 am.

    Trooper Fredenburg was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had been sworn in as a New York State trooper only two weeks prior. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


    Trooper Nicholas Dees

    Trooper Nicholas Dees - January 31, 2015Oklahoma Highway Patrol 
    End of Watch:
    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: Not Available
    Tour of Duty: 18-months


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle 
    Date of Incident: January 31, 2015

    Trooper Nicholas Dees was struck and killed by a vehicle on I-40, east of Shawnee.

    He and another trooper were investigating a crash involving a semi-truck on westbound I-40 when a vehicle went around their patrol cars before striking both troopers. Trooper Dees died at the scene. The other trooper suffered serious injuries.

    Trooper Dees had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for approximately 18 months.


    Constable David Matthew Wynn 

    Constable David Matthew Wynn (Jan. 2015)Royal Canadian Mounted Police 
    End of Watch: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Biographical Info
    Age: 42
    Tour of Duty: 6 Years


    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Gunfire 
    Date of Incident: January 16, 2015

    Constable David Wynn succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained five days earlier while investigating a stolen vehicle in St. Albert, Alberta.

    He and an unarmed auxiliary constable had responded to the Apex Casino and had just reviewed video of the theft and were leaving the casino when they encountered the suspect.

    As they placed the man under arrest the subject suddenly spun away from them. He drew a concealed handgun and opened fire, striking Constable Wynn in the head and the auxiliary constable in the torso. The man fled the scene and committed suicide in a nearby vacant house.

    Constable Wynn was transported to a local hospital in grave condition. He succumbed to the wound five days later.

    Constable Wynn had served with the RCMP for six years. He is survived by his wife and three children.