2010 Fallen Troopers

Trooper Patrick Ambroise

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Ambroise died in the line of duty on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Trooper Ambroise was killed when another vehicle slammed into the back of his patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of the Turnpike facing northbound in the area just north of the Okeechobee interchange in Miami-Dade County. The impact from the accident sparked a fire in the gas tank which engulfed Ambroise's car, trapping him inside.

Trooper Ambroise, 35, had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 4 years and was assigned to Troop K (Turnpike) Miami. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

 

 

Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge died in the line of duty on Thursday, February 4, 2010. Trooper Baldridge was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup a deputy from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office. The patrol car Trooper Baldridge was driving overturned near Carey, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. His training officer suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Baldridge, 25, graduated as a member of the 149th Academy Class in December 2009.

 


Trooper Mark D. Barrett

Virginia State Police Trooper Mark Barrett died in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Trooper Barrett and other members of the Virginia State Police's Search and Recovery Team were performing deep-water dives in Lake Anna. As he and his dive partner were ascending to the surface, the other trooper noticed he was having difficulty and assisted him to the surface. Other troopers immediately started CPR and he was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Trooper Barrett, 41, had served with the Virginia State Police for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 

 



Pilot Officer Danny Benavides

California Highway Patrol Pilot Officer Danny Benavides died in the line of duty on Friday, May 7, 2010. Officer Benavides was killed when the department airplane he was piloting crashed. He was flying a Cessna 206 on observation patrol for a speed detail near Highway 78 when it went down about 9:30 am. The crash occurred in the desert near Highway 78 and Split Mountain Road, in Imperial County.

Officer Benavides, 39, had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years and was assigned to the Border Division Thermal Air Operations Unit. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

 


Trooper Wesley Brown

Maryland State Police Trooper Wesley Brown died in the line of duty on Friday, June 11, 2010. Trooper Brown was shot and killed while working an off duty security detail at a restaurant in Forestville, Maryland. He was standing in the parking lot talking on his cell phone when he was fatally shot.

Trooper Brown, 24, had served with the Maryland State Police for three years and was assigned to the Forestville Barracks. He is survived by his fiancee.

 

 


Trooper Marc Castellano

New Jersey State Police Trooper Marc Castellano died in the line of duty on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Trooper Castellano died of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while searching for a suspect on I-195 near an exit ramp in Howell Township. He was struck by a passing vehicle and taken to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries several hours later. The suspect he was searching for was located a short time later hiding in a wooded area.

Trooper Castellano, 29, had served with the New Jersey State Police for 6 years and was assigned to Troop C Tactical Patrol Unit. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 

 

Corporal Kevin Cusack

South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Kevin Cusack died in the line of duty on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Corporal Cusack was killed when his patrol car was involved in a single-vehicle accident. He was on patrol when his patrol car left the road as he drove on State Highway 200 about six miles south of Lancaster. Corporal Cusack was killed as a result.

Corporal Cusack, 45, had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 21 years. He is survived by his mother and three children.

 

 


Trooper Jill Mattice

New York State Police Trooper Jill Mattice died in the line of duty on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Trooper Mattice was killed when her patrol car collided with a tractor trailer on Route 23, in the town of Morris, Otsego County. She had just left the school where she was assigned as a school resource officer when the crash occurred.

Trooper Mattice was a six and a half year veteran of the New York State Police and served as the School Resource Officer for the Unadilla Valley Central Schools in New Berlin and the Franklin School Districts in Otsego County since 2006.

She is the first female New York State Police trooper killed in the line of duty.

 

Trooper Paul Richey

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Paul Richey died in the line of duty on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Trooper Richey was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance call in Cranberry Township, Venango County. He was fatally shot as he got out of his cruiser. The suspect fled the scene.

Trooper Richey had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 16 years and was assigned to the patrol unit at the state police Troop E station in Franklin, Venango County. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

 


Trooper Duane Dalton

Louisiana State Police Trooper Duane Dalton died in the line of duty on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Trooper Dalton was killed in an automobile accident near Moss Bluff. His vehicle was struck by another car at the intersection of Highway 171 and Gloria Lane, causing his vehicle to be pushed into a ditch. Trooper Dalton was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Trooper Dalton had served with the Louisiana State Police since December 3, 1995. At the time of the crash, he was assigned as a patrol trooper at Troop D. Trooper Dalton is the 25th trooper killed in the line of duty in the history of the Louisiana State Police. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

 

Trooper David DeLaittre

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre died in the line of duty on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Trooper DeLaittre was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Montana Highway 2 near the Three Forks Airport in Gallatin County.

Trooper DeLaittre, 23, had served with the Montana Highway Patrol for two years. He is survived by his parents.

 

 


Captain George Green

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain George Green died in the line of duty on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Captain Green succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 97 and Turner Turnpike in Sapulpa. Captain Green was attempting to turn left from the Turnpike onto the highway when his patrol car was T-boned by the truck.

Captain Green, 56, had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 31 years and was six months shy of retirement. He was the commander of the patrol's Turner Turnpike troop, based in Stroud, Oklahoma. Green is survived by his wife and two adult sons.

 

 

Trooper Kenneth Hall

Connecticut State Police Trooper Kenneth Hall died in the line of duty on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Trooper Hall had stopped a vehicle on I-91 for an infraction and was in his patrol car writing a summons when it was struck by a passing vehicle. The patrol car was pushed into the vehicle he had stopped and Trooper Hall was trapped inside for 45 minutes. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Trooper Hall, 57, had served with the Connecticut State Police for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

 


Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chadwick LeCroy died in the line of duty on Monday, December 27, 2010. Trooper LeCroy was shot and killed in Atlanta after a short vehicle pursuit. He had attempted to stop a vehicle with a broken headlight on Bolton Road near James Jackson Parkway. As Trooper LeCroy approached the vehicle the suspect opened fire on him, striking him twice. The subject, who fled the scene in the Trooper's patrol car, was arrested a short distance away by members of the Atlanta Police Department and Cobb County Police Department.

Trooper LeCroy, 38, had served with the Georgia State Patrol for two years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

 

DPS Trooper Jonathan McDonald

Texas DPS Trooper Jonathan McDonald died in the line of duty on Monday, November 15, 2010. Trooper McDonald was killed in a patrol car crash on U.S. 84 while responding to another accident near Post, Texas. He was involved in a single vehicle crash during the response.

Trooper McDonald, 28, had served with the Texas DPS for two years. He is survived by his wife and 7-month-old daughter.

 

 

Officer Philip Ortiz

California Highway Patrol Officer Philip Ortiz died in the line of duty on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He succumbed to injuries sustained two weeks earlier when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 405 in West Los Angeles. He was issuing a traffic citation to a driver when another car struck him and his motorcycle. He was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he remained until passing away.

Officer Ortiz, 48, had served with the California Highway Patrol for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

 


Officer Brett Oswald

California Highway Patrol Officer Brett Oswald died in the line of duty on Sunday, June 27, 2010. He was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at the scene of an abandoned vehicle. He had called for a tow truck and was waiting next to his patrol car, when a passing vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and struck the patrol car causing major injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Officer Oswald, 47, had served with the California Highway Patrol for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Marlena; mother, Linda; and father, Richard.

 


Trooper Paul Richey

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Paul Richey died in the line of duty on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Trooper Richey was shot and killed when he and another trooper responded to a domestic disturbance call in Cranberry Township, Venango County. He was fatally shot as he got out of his cruiser. The suspect fled the scene.

Trooper Richey had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 16 years and was assigned to the patrol unit at the state police Troop E station in Franklin, Venango County. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

 

 

Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel died in the line of duty on Friday, October 15, 2010. Sergeant Schuengel was killed in a helicopter crash while returning to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in one of the department's traffic enforcement helicopters after dropping off several other troopers when he experienced a probable mechanical failure. Residents and law enforcement officers immediately responded to the scene, but Sergeant Schuengel had been killed on impact.

Sergeant Schuengel, 47, had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 17 years. He is survived by his mother and three sisters.

 


Corporal David Ralph Slaton

Texas Highway Patrol Corporal David Ralph Slaton died in the line of duty on Monday, September 20, 2010. Corporal David Slaton was killed in a vehicle accident in Montague County when his patrol car struck a cow that had wandered into the roadway. After striking the cow on U.S. 81, his patrol car veered into the path of an oncoming semi, causing a second collision.

Corporal Slaton, 56, had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 36 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

 

 

Sergeant Doug Weddleton

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Doug Weddleton died in the line of duty on Friday, June 18, 2010. Sergeant Weddleton was fatally struck by a drunk driver after he had pulled over another suspected DUI motorist. Both drunk drivers were arrested and charged with numerous charges.

Sergeant Weddleton, 52, had served with the Massachusetts State Police for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Judith, and four sons, ages 14 to 26.