August 18, 2017

Terrorist Attacks - Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain - August 17, 2017

Barcelona, Spain - August 17, 2017
Pray for the victims of terrorist attacks that occurred in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain, on August 17, 2017. 

Pray that human beings evolve out of the Stone Age. 

Aaron Butler - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

Aaron Butler
Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, age 27, of Monticello, Utah, died in the line of duty on August 16, 2017, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Camp Williams, Utah.

Tragically, Aaron died of injuries suffered from an explosion in a booby-trapped building that he and his team had entered.

Aaron was serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is the U.S. military action against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Aaron graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. During his high school years, he was a wrestling champion in state competitions. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission in Ghana. Aaron graduated with honors from the Army's Green Beret Special Forces Qualifications Course in January of 2016. 
Angels of God, pray for Aaron and for those
who have lost him. 

Aaron's family stated: “The Army values are: ‘Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage’. Aaron Butler personified those values in everything he said and did. In a life that was all too brief, our dear son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. While we are heartbroken to become a Gold Star family, we honor Aaron’s service and sacrifice. Aaron was a strength to us, an inspiration to those around him, and a joy to have in our family.”

Aaron's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a true patriot. He was a professional. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Aaron's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. Aaron was absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for Aaron.

Aaron is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents and seven siblings. 

Thank you for your service to America, Aaron.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, far from their loved ones.

Pray that Aaron is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

August 17, 2017

Obadiah Jenkins - A Good Samaritan in Alaska

Obadiah Jenkins
On August 12, 2017, Daniel Hartung went kayaking during a bluegrass and whitewater festival near Hope, Alaska

Hope is about 88 miles southeast of Anchorage. 

Daniel Hartung had kayaked on flat water for more than 10 years and decided to try out whitewater kayaking for the first time.

He managed to pass over one waterfall, but fell out of his kayak at the next one and became pinned by the churning waters and a submerged log. 

Obadiah Jenkins was celebrating his 33rd birthday in the vicinity with friends.  He threw Daniel Hartung a rope. 

Daniel couldn't keep his head above water, so Obadiah jumped in, grabbed Daniel and hauled him to safety. Obadiah also helped perform CPR to revive Daniel.  

Daniel Hartung trapped in the rapids
Obadiah said: "It was my birthday and I just wanted that guy to have another birthday." 

Obadiah Jenkins is a Good Samaritan. 

The Good Samaritan reaches out to strangers
who are in danger.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

God bless Obadiah Jenkins and all who step up to help strangers in times of great distress. Amen.

August 16, 2017

Roshain Brooks and Allen Stigler Jr. - U.S. Military Fatalities - Iraq

A terrible tragedy occurred in northern Iraq on August 13, 2017. 

Two American soldiers died in the line of duty. An Army artillery unit was firing on an ISIS-controlled mortar position when a mishap occurred. Tragically, both men were mortally wounded. 

Spc. Allen Stigler Jr. (L); Sgt. Roshain Brooks (R)
The incident is under investigation. ISIS did not play a role in the deaths of these men. 

Both men were assigned as cannon crew members to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Both men were serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. Military operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Tragically deceased are:

Angels of God, pray for Roshain and for
Allen and for those who have lost them.
Sgt. Roshain Brooks, age 30, of Brooklyn, New York. Roshain enlisted in June of 2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. This was his first deployment to Iraq. He was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. He was level-headed, friendly and respectful of the feelings of others. 

Spc. Allen Stigler Jr., age 22, of Arlington, Texas. Allen graduated from Timberview High School in 2013 and joined the Army soon thereafter. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and great grandfather who also served in the military. Allen was a man of faith who loved his family. 

Military comrades at Fort Bragg are in mourning over the deaths of their brothers. Roshain and Allen died as heroes in the service of their country. They will be forever remembered.

The loved ones of Roshain and Allen are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for these men.

Thank you for your service to America, Roshain and Allen. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign country, far from their loved ones. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Roshain is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Allen is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to all war. It is enough.

August 14, 2017

Jay Cullen and Berke Bates - Virginia State Police Fatalities

A terrible tragedy occurred in Virginia on August 12, 2017. 

In the late afternoon, two Virginia State Police officers were in a helicopter and were on the way to monitor civil unrest demonstrations that were going on in Charlottesville. They were assigned to monitor the Virginia Governor's motorcade as he was arriving in Charlottesville to assess the situation. 

Jay Cullen (Left); Berke Bates (Right)
The helicopter malfunctioned or some other catastrophic event occurred which caused the helicopter to crash to the ground in a wooded area in Albermarle County, Virginia.

Tragically deceased in the line of duty are:

Lieutenant Pilot Jay Cullen, age 48, from Midlothian, Virginia. Jay was the commander of the Aviation Unit. He had 23 years service with the State Police. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and his two sons. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Jay and for
Berke and for those who
have lost them. 
Friends describe Jay as man who was kind in spirit and a man who had a great sense of humor.

Trooper Pilot Berke Bates, age 40, from New Kent, Virginia. Berke was assigned to the Aviation Unit. He had 13 years service with the State Police. He had previously served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 6 years. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and his twin son and daughter. He died the day before his 41st birthday.

Friends and family describe Berke as a brave trooper who stepped up in times of distress.

The members of the Virginia State Police are in mourning over the deaths of their brothers. Jay and Berke died as heroes in the service of Virginia. They were the good guys. They will be forever remembered.

The loved ones of Jay and Berke are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for these men.

Thank you for your service to Virginia, Jay and Berke.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Jay is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Berke is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 11, 2017

Monty Platt - Police Officer Fatality - Canyon, Texas

Corporal Monty Platt, age 47, died in the line of duty on August 8, 2017, at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

Monty Platt
Corporal Platt was a member of the West Texas A & M University Police Department in Canyon, Texas. He had 21 years of service with the Department and a total of 24 years in law enforcement.

On July 24, 2017, Monty attempted to capture an injured feral cat that was prowling around the University campus area. The cat bit Monty through his work gloves. Monty received medical attention and was given a medication to prevent infection. That medication caused a severe allergic reaction. He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Lubbock.

Monty's medical condition deteriorated over time and tragically, on August 8, 2017, he passed away.

The members of the West Texas A & M University Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Monty was a mentor to all of the younger officers. He will be forever remembered.

Monty's loved ones are devastated by his tragic death. He was loved. He did his best.
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Monty
and for those who have lost him.
He will be forever mourned.


Monty is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, his wife and his son.

Thank you for your service, Monty.

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it.

Pray that Monty is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 10, 2017

Gary Michael - Police Officer Fatality - Missouri

Police Officer Gary Michael, age 37, died in the line of duty on August 6, 2017, at a hospital in Missouri. 
Gary Michael

Officer Michael was a member of the Clinton Police Department. He had 1 year of service.

Clinton is a city of about 9,000, located 75 miles southeast of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Just before 11:00 p.m., Gary was conducting a traffic stop near a city intersection. He was checking for a suspected registration violation. The driver exited the vehicle and shot Gary.

Gary was able to return fire and wounded the suspect, Ian McCarthy, age 39, who then drove off but crashed several blocks away. He fled that scene on foot but was arrested two days later.

Gary graduated from Clinton High and then joined the U.S. Army. He served for about five years as a military police officer. He was stationed in Germany and Egypt.
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Gary and for
those who have lost him.

Friends describe Gary as a man who smiled easily and who was quick-witted. He was kind in spirit. He was one of the good guys.  

The members of the Clinton Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Gary had always wanted to be a police officer. He was a professional who gave his life in the service of his community. He will be forever remembered. 

Gary's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Gary is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Cindy. 

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Gary.

Pray for justice for Gary. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Gary is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 8, 2017

Elise Ybarra - Police Officer Fatality - Abilene, Texas

Elise Ybarra
Detective Elise Ybarra, age 33, died in the line of duty on August 6, 2017, on a highway near Abilene, Texas.

Detective Ybarra was a member of the Abilene Police Department. She was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. She had 3 years of service.

Elise and two other detectives were on their way to Dallas, Texas to attend a Conference regarding Crimes Against Children. At about 6:15 p.m., while driving on Interstate-20, Elise's department vehicle was struck by a pick-up truck.

Tragically, Elise died at the scene of the collision.

The other two officers were transported to a local hospital but were not seriously injured. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Elise and
for those who have lost her.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Elise first served as a patrol officer for two years and then became a child abuse investigator with the special victim's unit in 2016. Elise had previously served with the Sedalia Police Department in Missouri.

Please contact the Abilene Police Foundation to inquire about donating to help Elise's family with expenses. 

The members of the Abilene Police Department and the Sedalia Police Department are in mourning over the death of their sister. Elise was an outstanding officer. She was kind in spirit, sincere and genuine. She had people skills that were an asset to the Department. She will be forever remembered.

Elise's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She was loved. She did her best. She will be forever mourned.

Elise is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including her husband, Adam, and their 10 month old daughter.

Thank you for your service to the community, Elise.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Elise is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

August 4, 2017

Jonathon Hunter and Christopher Harris - U.S. Military Fatalities - Afghanistan

Two American soldiers died in the line of duty on August 2, 2017, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

Tragically deceased are:

Jonathon Hunter (L); Christopher Harris (R)
Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, age 23, of Columbus, Indiana. He graduated from Columbus East High School in 2011 and also studied criminal justice at Indiana State University. He was a standout football player in high school. He joined the Army in 2014. Military officials stated that Sgt. Jonathon Hunter was the leader we all want to work for - strong, decisive, compassionate, and courageous. He was revered by his Paratroopers and respected throughout his unit. Family members describe Jonathon as a man of faith who was cheerful and loving. Jonathon is survived by many loved ones including his wife, Whitney. 

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, age 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina. He joined the Army in 2013. Military officials stated that Spc. Christopher Harris was an extraordinary young man and a phenomenal Paratrooper. He was courageous, disciplined and empathetic. Friends stated that Chris brought energy to everything he did. Christopher's wife, Britt, is pregnant with their child.   

Both men were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Jonathon and Christopher died as a result of wounds sustained when a vehicle-borne
Angels of God, pray for Jonathon
and for Christopher and for those
who have lost them. 
improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy.

Jonathon and Christopher were serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is the U.S. military action against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Funding sites have been set up to help the families of these men with expenses:


Jonathon's and Christopher's military comrades are in mourning over the deaths of their young brothers. These men lived and died as warriors. They are heroes who lost their lives in the service of their country.

They will be forever remembered.

Jonathon's and Christopher's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Both men were just starting out in life. They are greatly loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for these men. 

Jonathon and Christopher are survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Thank you for your service to America, Jonathon.
 

Thank you for your service to America, Christopher. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, far from their loved ones.

Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.

Pray that Jonathon and Christopher are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

August 2, 2017

Kevin Ramsey - Firefighter Fatality - Detroit, Michigan

Firefighter Kevin Ramsey, age 50, died in the line of duty on July 29, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. 
Kevin Ramsey

Firefighter Ramsey was a member of the Detroit Fire Department. He was stationed with Tactical Mobile Squad 3. He had 20 years of service. 

During the morning and during the afternoon of July 29, 2017, Kevin and his comrades fought two structural fires. After returning to the firehouse, Kevin stated that he felt nauseated and had chest pains. Advanced medical responders administered to Kevin and he was then rushed to a local hospital. 

Tragically, later that day, Kevin passed away due to a heart attack caused by stress and over-exertion. 

Kevin had been an EMS medic before becoming a firefighter. 
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Kevin
and for those who have lost him.

The members of the Detroit Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Kevin loved being a firefighter. He was well-liked and well-respected by his fellow firefighters. He had an uptempo personality. He died in the service of his community. He will be forever remembered.

Kevin's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kevin is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Amy; his step-daughter and his step-son.

Thank you for your service to the community, Kevin.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Kevin is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

July 28, 2017

Aaron Allan - Police Officer Fatality - Indiana

Aaron Allan
Lieutenant Aaron Allan, age 38, died in the line of duty on July 27, 2017, at a hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lieutenant Allan was a member of the Southport Police Department. He had six years of service with the Department and 20 years of service in law enforcement. 

It has been reported that the Southport Police Department is comprised of about 30 volunteer officers who work with full police powers but without pay.

Sometime before 3:00 p.m., Aaron responded to a report of a crashed vehicle at an intersection in Homecroft.

Aaron and an officer from Homecroft arrived at the scene and started to check on the two occupants who were inside the crashed upside-down vehicle. One of the occupants started shooting and Aaron was shot multiple times.

Aaron was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

An exchange of gunfire took place and one of the vehicle occupants was wounded. Both of the vehicle occupants were taken into custody. James Brown, age 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Aaron and for those who have lost him.
A funding site has been set up to help Aaron's family with expenses. 

In 2015, Aaron had been named Officer of the Year. He had wanted to be a police officer since he was a kid. 

The members of the Southport Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Aaron was a hard worker who died in the service of the community. He will be forever remembered.

Aaron's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was kind in spirit and helpful to others. He loved his family. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Aaron is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Aaron.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Aaron is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.