- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2007

One-hundred fifty-one law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Seventeen of these selfless men and women served the District, Maryland or Virginia.

• Gerard Walter Burke Jr., a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Department, died after rupturing a major blood vessel in pursuit of a suspect on March 23.

• Gregory J. Rahoi, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, was accidentally shot and killed during training at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia on Dec. 6.

• Anthony A. Byrd, an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department, was killed when another patrol car struck his on May 19.

• Russell Anthony Hamer, a Baltimore County police officer, died of a heart attack on duty on Feb. 4.

• Robert Thomas Krauss, a corporal with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department, died nine months after a drunk driver struck his motorcycle as he escorted a funeral procession on Dec. 21, 2005.

• David Warren McGuinn, an officer with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, was stabbed to death in the maximum-security Maryland House of Correction in Jessup on July 25.

• Jeffery Alan Wroten, an officer with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, died from gunshot wounds on Jan. 27 after the inmate he had been guarding at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown wrested away his weapon and shot him in the face.

• Vicky O. Armel, a detective with the Fairfax (Va.) County Police Department, was shot and killed by a heavily armed carjacker in Chantilly on May 8.

• Gary J. Buro, an officer in the Chesterfield County (Va.) Police Department, was shot and killed as he and a partner responded to a domestic dispute in Ettrick on May 4.

• Seneca B. Darden, an officer in the Norfolk Police Department, was accidentally shot and killed by another officer during the arrest of a shooting suspect on May 21.

• Charles A. Fisher, deputy sheriff of the Portsmouth Police Department, died July 8 of injuries sustained the previous day in a motorcycle accident.

• Michael E. Garbarino, a master police officer in the Fairfax County Police Department, died from gunshot wounds sustained nine days earlier in the same incident that claimed the life of Vicky O. Armel.

• Robert E. Green, deputy sheriff of the Powhatan County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office, was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit on Sept. 20.

• Robert A. Hill Sr., a trooper with the Virginia State Police, was struck by a vehicle and killed while conducting a traffic stop in Southampton County on Nov. 24.

• Kevin C. Manion, a trooper with the Virginia State Police, was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow trooper while responding to an automobile accident on Feb. 18.

• Eric E. Sutphin, a corporal with the Montgomery County (Va.) Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed in Blacksburg by an escaped prisoner during a manhunt on Aug. 21.

• William Tiedeman, deputy sheriff of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, died of a heart attack during training on Nov. 7.

The public — each and every one of us — can never repay these fallen officers, nor their families, for their supreme sacrifice. May they rest in peace.

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