Nevada State Trooper dies two days after hit by suspect’s vehicle
Personnel with the Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday were mourning the loss of Trooper Micah May, who authorities said died in a hospital two days after being struck by a suspect’s vehicle while on duty.
May had been laying down spike-stop strips on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas on Tuesday in an effort to stop an approaching suspect’s vehicle when that vehicle suddenly arrived and struck the trooper, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.
"With heavy hearts we confirm the loss of @NHPSouthernComm Trooper Micah May," the highway patrol’s Southern Command wrote in a Twitter message Thursday night.
May, 46, had served with the highway patrol for 13 years and had received a Medal of Valor in 2014 for courageous actions in the line of duty, KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reported.
"Trooper May’s heroism exemplified the definition of a silent guardian. His dedication and service will never be forgotten," George Togliatti, director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, said in a statement, according to FOX 5. "Our hearts go out to this grieving family and recognize the unique sacrifice to the State of Nevada."
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement of condolence regarding May’s death.
"Kathy and I were heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Trooper Micah May, a 13-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, husband, and father to two," the governor wrote. "Micah passed away while bravely protecting his community, and while he has reached his end of watch, his heroic actions and contributions to the State of Nevada will never be forgotten. Kathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, his family, his loved ones, and the entire law enforcement community during this incredibly difficult time. May he rest in peace."
May leaves behind a wife and two children, according to FOX 5. He was the 12th Nevada state trooper killed in the line of duty, the report said.
The suspect, identified as Douglas Claiborne, 60, was later fatally shot as other law enforcement officers continued the pursuit.
Details on how the pursuit began and what prompted officers to fire at Claiborne were not immediately available. Claiborne had a history of arrests for charges such as battery and spitting at officers, FOX 5 reported.
On Thursday night, Trooper May was honored with a message posted on Interstate 15 by the Nevada Department of Transportation. "Respect & Honor For Your Service, Trooper Micah May," the message read, according to a Twitter post by FOX 5 anchor and reporter Lauren Martinez.
New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly
It is with great sorrow that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announces the sudden passing of Lieutenant Matthew Razukas #5939, Field Operations Section, on July 27, 2021. Lt. Razukas served with the New Jersey State Police for over 20 years and was a member of the 122nd NJSP Class.
Razukas is survived by his wife, as well as his four children. "The entire New Jersey State Police family and extended law enforcement community extends our deepest sympathy to the Razukas family during this difficult time," Callahan said.The cause of death was not made public.
Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway/ Portion of M-50 to be named in honor of fallen trooper
A bill to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Herman Brown, a beloved law enforcement officer who spent his career at the Monroe post and who died in March from COVID-19, has been introduced in the state Legislature.
Senate Bill 502 would designate a portion of M-50 from Lewis Ave. in Ida to S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe as the “Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway,” said state Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, who introduced the measure.
“Trooper Herman Brown dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving and protecting the people of Michigan and Monroe County,” Zorn said in a press release. “Trooper Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to our state to become a state police trooper. Sadly, Trooper Brown lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier this year. This bill would help ensure we never forget his selfless commitment to our community and the real loss we have endured during this pandemic.”
First Lt. Greg Morenko, commander of the state police post in Monroe, said the tribute to Brown is well deserved.
“Trooper Brown’s dedication and service to the citizens of Michigan will be missed,” Morenko said in a statement Monday. “Trooper Brown’s calm, professional demeanor and his signature smile will never be forgotten.”
Herman Brown lived for service, said Tracy Blackwell, Brown’s girlfriend.
“The oldest of five children born and raised in Detroit, Herman took on the role of protector and mentor, even in childhood,” Blackwell said. “Likewise, he served his community with the same dedication and heart he gave to his family and friends. He brought strength, humor, love and kindness to all that he did and to every life that he touched.”
In 2017, Brown was honored as Trooper of the Year, an annual law enforcement recognition event sponsored by the Monroe Exchange Club. His co-workers had called him the heart and soul of the Monroe post. And he was known to sign in daily at Monroe County Central Dispatch with his signature opening line when he began his shift by stating, “Trooper Brown, in service, taking that mighty bite out of crime…”
SB 502 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government, Zorn said. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.
Mt. Zion baseball team honors Trooper Hanneken
Mt. Zion Community Unit School District's baseball team is honoring fallen ISP Trooper Todd Hanneken this season.
The 15U travel baseball team now has a patch of Trooper Hanneken's badge on their sleeves.
Trooper Hanneken's son Nick is on the 15U travel team. His other son, Ben, also plays baseball for Mount Zion High School.
Illinois State Police say this year is the first baseball season Trooper Hanneken hasn't been able to cheer on his boys at the ballpark.
A single-vehicle crash in March on Route 10 in Bondville claimed the life of the 20-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.
Hanneken was just 45 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley; his two sons, Ben and Nick; his brother, Chad; his mother, Vickie; and his father, retired ISP Trooper Jerry Hanneken.