2014 Fallen Troopers

David Kedra

 

Tpr. David Kedra, 26, of the Pennsylvania State Police was fatally wounded Sept. 30 after being shot in the chest during a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex.

 

Kedra graduated from Temple University with a degree in criminal justice in 2010 and joined the PSP in 2012. He served in the Patrol Unit, where he was named Trooper of the Month for July 2013.

 

Kedra became the 96th member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers, sister, and fiancée.

 

 

Bryon Dickson

Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II was killed in an ambush on Sept. 12, 2014, in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Dickson graduated from the PSP Academy in 2007 and was stationed at Troop N, Fern Ridge, where he was assigned to conduct aggressive patrol operations.

A drug recognition expert, he had earned multiple awards from the Pennsylvania DUI Association and numerous PSP commendations. At the time of his death, he was serving as a Patrol Unit supervisor. Dickson had also served as a U.S. Marine.

He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

 

Juan Gonzalez

 

Ofcr. Juan Gonzalez, 33, of the California Highway Patrol was killed in a single vehicle crash on Feb. 17 while responding to a call near Kingsburg. His partner, Ofcr. Brian Law was also killed in the crash.

 

The two were classmates at the CHP Academy in 2008. Gonzalez went to work in the CHP San Jose Area before transferring to the Fresno Area. Law started his career in Oakland before transferring to the Fresno Area. The officers were working together as partners in the same car when the collision occurred.

 

Gonzalez is survived by his mother and sister. Law is survived by his wife and three children.


 

Brian Law

Ofcr. Brian Law, 34, of the California Highway Patrol was killed in a single vehicle crash on Feb. 17 while responding to a call near Kingsburg. His partner, Ofcr. Juan Gonzalez was also killed in the crash.

 

The two were classmates at the CHP Academy in 2008. Law started his career in Oakland before transferring to the Fresno Area. Gonzalez went to work in the CHP San Jose Area before transferring to the Fresno Area. The officers were working together as partners in the same car when the collision occurred.

 

Law is survived by his wife and three children. Gonzalez is survived by his mother and sister.

 

 Scott Johnson and Gabriel Rich

 

Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson, 45, and Tpr. Gabriel “Gabe” Rich, 26, of the Alaska State Troopers were shot and killed May 1, 2014.

 

The two were investigating reports that Arvin Kangas, 58, had brandished a firearm at a village public safety officer in the village of Tanana. When Johnson and Rich attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Kangas a day later, a scuffle apparently ensued, and the two were shot inside the home.

 

Kangas’ son Nathanial Kangas, 20, was arrested shortly after the shootings and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The elder Kangas was arrested on the charges associated with the original incident. Both were later charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence following the shooting.

 

Johnson had served with the AST for 20 years and had previously served with the North Slope Borough Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Rich had served with the AST for 3½ years and had previously served with the North Pole Police Department. He is survived by a son, his fiancé and her son, and his parents.

 

Patrick "Scott" Johnson

 

Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson was killed May 1 while conducting an investigation. Tpr. Gabriel "Gabe" Rich, investigating with Johnson, was killed as well. The troopers responded to Tanana to follow-up on a report that a subject had brandished a firearm in the village. According to the department, one person has been detained; further details surrounding the deaths are unknown at this time. We will provide more details as they become available.

 

Michael Phillippi

 

Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi, 65, of the Virginia State Police was killed in a single vehicle crash on Jan. 11, 2014.

 

At approximately 2:20 a.m., Phillippi's unmarked patrol car was traveling on Route 57 in Henry County when it ran off the road and struck a highway sign and an embankment.

 

Phillippi, a 42-year veteran of the VSP, was transported to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. The incident, including the cause of death, remains under investigation.

 

He is survived by his wife.

 

 Gabriel "Gabe" Rich

 

 

Tpr. Gabriel "Gabe" Rich was killed May 1 while conducting an investigation. Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson, investigating with Rich, was killed as well. The troopers responded to Tanana to follow-up on a report that a subject had brandished a firearm in the village. According to the department, one person has been detained; further details surrounding the deaths are unknown at this time. We will provide more details as they become available.

 

 

Chelsea Richard



Tpr. Chelsea Richard, 30, of the Florida Highway Patrol was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating a crash on Interstate 75 on May 3, 2014.

She was speaking with a tow truck driver and one of the occupants when another crash occurred at the same location. Richard and the tow truck driver died at the scene, and the third pedestrian died later at the hospital.

Richard had served with the FHP for nine years. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, her parents, and her grandparents.

 

Christopher Skinner



Tpr. Christopher G. Skinner, 42, of the New York State Police, was killed May 29, 2014, when he was struck by a passing motorist.

Around noon, Skinner was outside his marked state police car conducting a traffic stop on I-81 in Broome County when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.

The driver continued on a short distance before stopping and running into nearby woods, but was taken into custody following a search.

A 13-year veteran of the NYSP, Skinner is survived by his two children, his fiancé, and his mother.