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Fallen officer Hartfield'' s mom dies two days after his funeral service


2 days after Officer Charleston Hartfield’s funeral service, his mother passed away from a cardiovascular disease.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Policeman Hartfield died in the 1 October shooting. On the day of his funeral, his mom, Sheryl Stiles suffered a cardiac arrest, fell down an escalator and passed away the 2 days later.

“Just ravaged by this,” Stiles’ cousin Cecil Ralston said. “It’s unexpected.”

“I was staying up in the space sobbing,” Lewis Stiles, Sheryl Stiles’ sibling stated. “We came to bury my nephew then the next thing we know, I need to bury my sister.”

Lewis Stiles said he pertained to Las Vegas from Louisville to support his sibling Sheryl Stiles for a mournful event, participating in the funeral of her son Charleston Hartfield. Hartfield was one of the 58 individuals killed during the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“It was necessary due to the fact that it was my sibling’s boy,” Lewis stated. “We has a great deal of family from Louisville that came.”

Lewis stuck with his cousin Cecil Ralston and everyone else remained at a neighboring hotel. The funeral was Friday, which they said was a stunning service, but later, the mourning didn’t end there.

“She was on the escalator and she had a cardiac arrest,” said Ralston. “She fell and sustained brain injuries.”

Sheryl was placed on life support, however the Clark County Coroner confirmed that she died 2 days later, after suffering from pulmonary arrest and severe cardio infarction.

Her family stated they believe she died from a broken heart.

“I talked to the chaplain of Metro,” Ralston said. “He informed me she kept saying ‘Oh I want to remain, I wish to be with Charleston,’ that she wanted to pass away.”

Now the male who accompanied his sis for assistance, is remembering her with love, while looking for a way to get her back house.

“My sister was extremely outgoing,” Lewis said. “She was a dynamic person who had a lot of good friends that enjoyed her business.”

The next action is to obtain her body cremated and returned back to Louisville where the rest of Hartfield’s moms side of the family lies, but it costs about $1,000 to do that.

The family has been raising money to do that on GoFundMe account. To make a contribution, click here. Copyright 2017 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Solace or silence? Not all households of fallen get Trump call


WPLG/ AP In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson weeps over the coffin of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body’s arrival in Miami.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017|5:50 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Some got compassion and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash.

Loved ones of individuals who passed away in military service have stated diverse interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after their enjoyed one’s death. Despite Trump’s boast that he connects personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with member of the families did not support his claim. Some never ever spoken with him at all, and a couple of who did came away more upset.

The Associated Press called relative of 21 of the 43 individuals who have died in military service given that Trump ended up being president. Of those who would resolve the concern, family members of 9 stated they had heard from Trump by phone or mail. Loved ones of nine others said they have not.

A number of spoke of being comforted by Trump but a minimum of one call went awry: Cowanda Jones-Johnson informed the AP that Trump spoke disrespectfully of her fallen nephew, Sgt. La David Johnson, when he called relative Tuesday. Johnson was among 4 servicemen killed in Niger earlier this month.

Chris Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, told The Washington Post that Trump promised him $25,000 of his own cash when they spoke in the summertime about the loss of his kid, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, killed in Afghanistan, however the check never came. The White House said Wednesday, after the report, that “the check has actually been sent out.”

Others awaited calls that did not come.

After Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter passed away in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan in August, his family was told to expect a call from Trump. However it didn’t occur. Hunter, 23, from Columbus, Indiana, passed away 32 days into his first implementation because signing up with the Army in 2014.

Mark Hunter, his dad, stated a military casualty officer notified the family that Trump would call and the family was let down when he didn’t.

“Disappointed that he a minimum of didn’t call and thank me for my kid and our ultimate sacrifice,” Hunter said. “That’s all I wanted to hear. He didn’t need to state nothing else. That’s all I wanted to hear. From him– not the vice president.”

The family talked with Vice President Mike Pence, who matured in the same southern Indiana city, at the ceremony honoring the return of the soldier’s remains at Dover Flying force Base in Delaware. So did a number of other households who lost loved ones in uniform.

Calling every member of the family isn’t a presidential custom. Trump’s current predecessors have actually reached out to Gold Star households through letters, personal meetings and invitations. For Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who saw much more war dead on their watch, individual call would have been a lengthy task. Still, Trump today utilized his calls as evidence of his support for the military, recommending he did more to honor the households than his predecessors.

“I think I have actually called every family of somebody who’s died,” Trump stated, then adding, “practically everyone.” He said it’s his practice both to make phone calls and correspond.

Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated the claim Wednesday, stating the president “has actually reached all of the families that have existed to him through the White House Armed Force Workplace.” She did not state whether that contact always indicated a telephone call, or only a letter, and she did not deal with the specifics of why families of some war dead have actually received neither.

When someone is killed in action, a Pentagon officer notifies near relative and sends details to the White Home office that is validated and assembled. “Once that process is completed, the president or other members of the administration can take part in contact,” she stated.

That process appears to have broken down.

After Army Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, was eliminated in a suicide attack in Afghanistan in August, the White House provided to establish a call however “it failed” and no letter came from the president, either, said his widow, Brittany Harris.

Aaron Butler, a 27-year-old guardsman from Monticello, Utah, was eliminated Aug. 16 at a booby-trapped building in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. His mom, Laura Butler, and family representative Costs Boyle said Trump has not called or sent a letter. The family is not complaining. “The family is really mindful that they do not want to be pulled into a partisan slugfest,” Boyle said.

Jodie Missildine’s 20-year-old stepson, Alex Missildine, was eliminated Oct. 1 when an IED exploded near his vehicle in Ninawa Province, Iraq. He had actually remained in Iraq for less than a month.

Jodie Missildine said the family had actually received a profusion of support from Washington because receiving news of Alex’s death. However when asked if Trump had actually been in contact, she demurred, saying, “We will not speak ill of a president who loves his troops.”

In his claims, Trump made no distinction in between fight and non-combat deaths. Past practice recommends that those who die battling are most likely than military-accident victims to trigger a president to reach out personally to the household.

After U.S. Army Specialist Isiah Booker died Jan. 7 in Jordan, obviously when operating heavy construction devices, President Barack Obama did not call. Neither did Trump after he took workplace that month. Chereisa Booker, of Schertz, Texas, said Trump had actually taken office by the time a condolence letter was processed and she and her husband received the letter. They also asked for and got one from Obama. However no calls.

Booker said “not truly” when asked if she wanted to speak with Trump. However Sheila Murphy did after her son, Army Spc. Etienne J. Murphy, 22, died May 26 after an armored lorry he was riding in rolled over in Syria.

“Since it was non-combat, I feel like possibly he believed it was a mishap, it does not matter,” Sheila Murphy said of Trump. “However my boy remained in Syria.” She states she’s waited in vain for a letter, after composing to Trump 6 weeks ago to tell him she was still deeply grieving.

“I hate sunrises since I have to handle another day that my son is not here,” she informed the AP Wednesday. “I welcome sunsets since I’m hoping that maybe when the sun goes down I will not need to handle another daybreak. So daybreaks are my opponent today.”

Cynthia Kimball got a letter from the president, but no call, after her Navy kid John Henry Hoagland III passed away in the crash between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel in August. “They stated we might order more copies of it if we desired,” she stated. “It was pretty generic. I dislike to say that, due to the fact that it did come from Washington and the president. However, I’m going to guess that it was the very same or much like the letter that everybody else received.”

McCain, himself, however, called her and other households of the victims. He left a “actually great” phone message with his telephone number in case she required anything, she stated. Kimball lives in Fort Benning, Georgia, and her kid grew up in Cleveland, Texas.

Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Jennifer Kay in Miami, Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia. Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kristen de Groot in Philadelphia, Jennifer McDermott in Providence, Rhode Island, Michelle Rate in Salt Lake City, and Hope Yen and Robert Burns

Why fallen North Las Vegas investigator was honored at Yankee Arena


North Las Vegas Cops Fallen North Las Vegas Cops Investigator Chad Parque was honored at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. By contact)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017|8:30 p.m.

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The New york city Yankees honored fallen North Las Vegas Cops Detective Chad Parque Tuesday night by displaying his photo and name on a jumbotron at Yankee Arena as his favorite team took on the Cincinnati Reds.

“The Yankees Remember Detective Chad Parque, North Las Vegas PD,” read one of 2 screens where his name was shown.

“We thank the New York Yankees for honoring our fallen sibling tonight. The Yankees was Detective Parque’s favorite group & & he constantly dreamed of participating in a video game. Now he has. #Yankees #NLVPD,” read a social media post by city police.

Parque, 32, died on Jan. 7, numerous hours after his squad car was struck by a wrong-way chauffeur as the investigator left the North Las Vegas Justice Court while on responsibility. He was a 10-year veteran.

A photo montage in the video during a Southern Nevada funeral showed Parque and his little child walking upstairs together in vertical white-and-black removed jerseys.

The Yankees beat the Reds 4-2.

Fallen airman disrespected by guests on Phoenix flight


Fallen service members are transported house by industrial flight.

You might have seen this on a flight you were on.

Now, there is an etiquette you have to follow. This is supposed to be an emotional trip. Sometimes the fallen soldier’s household is on board the plane and merely bringing him or her the home of their final resting location.

Back on July 6, SSgt. Andre Taylor, an airman who was stationed at Luke Air Force Base, passed away and his body was being transferred back to his home in Michigan.

Throughout the flight, the guests are informed a number of times that when the plane reaches eviction to stay seated up until the casket is removed the airplane. Ken Fitzgerald, a retired airman, was on that airplane.”We have a fallen soldier onboard, fallen airman and we ask you to remain seated as we pull into eviction till he can be escorted off the airplane first,” Fitzgerald stated.

Having actually been in the Air Force, Fitzgerald knew what that indicated, lionize for the fallen who have actually served this country. However, when the airplane reached eviction, the fallen airman’s escort headed for the door and most travelers got on their feet and gone out.

“I was just in shock. I was taking a look at them and I resembled, are you joke me ?!” Fitzgerald stated.

Fitzgerald took video of the travelers however says it wasn’t to shame them but for others to see it and learn how to show respect throughout the transportation of a fallen service member.

I did talk to the family of SSgt. Andre Taylor.

“I was distressed by the disrespect individuals had actually displayed on the airplane that day and now I’m so overloaded by the love and support my brother and family has gotten [sic] because of that disrespect. It has truly helped my family survive this difficult time,” his sis Tiffany Dobson said.

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'' Remember their names'': Fallen officers honored at yearly police event


Christopher DeVargas Hundreds of Southern Nevada law enforcement officers, family and friends gather at Police Boneyard to honor the 47 local law enforcement officers who have died in the line of responsibility, Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Friday, Might 19, 2017|2 a.m.

Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Introduce slideshow” Bagpipes sounded, officers saluted and weapons fired in salute as about 50 fallen Southern Nevada law enforcement officers going back as far as 1866 were honored Thursday night in the northeast valley.”Tonight has to do with remembrance and tonight is about family,”stated City Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo as about

500 Southern Nevadans, uniformed officers and family members of those killed in the line of duty listened somberly.”God bless all of you and God bless our profession.” Lombardo was among several speakers at the annual occasion, held at Authorities Memorial Park, 3520 Metro Academy Method. He was

joined by North Las Vegas Cops Chief Alex Perez, City Councilman and former Metro Police Capt. Stavros Anthony, among other leaders in the Las Vegas Valley authorities neighborhood. Law enforcement officers from different companies running in Southern Nevada, from regional to federal levels, represented their particular forces in uniform as they formed a path for event presiders and crucial music groups to pass through. Old Glory flew at half-mast as a bagpipes crew performed” Fantastic Grace.” “America the Beautiful,”performed by a local high school choir, followed. Thirteen new officers, from companies including the Nevada Department of Corrections, the United States Drug Enforcement Firm and the Lincoln County Constable’s Workplace,

were honored in addition to those from Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson authorities firms.”For different factors the males and ladies we honor tonight did not make it house at the end of their shifts, “Anthony stated.”All we can do is remember their names,

their legacies and the heroes that they are.”Family members and uniformed officers representing the fallen officers brought white roses to a table with a flower wreath memorial as their names were revealed separately. The night’s most psychological minute came as North Las Vegas Cops Investigator Chad Parque, who passed away after sustaining crucial injuries in a wrong-way crash on Jan. 7, was honored. “Might God bless you all and keep you safe,” said Nevada police historian Frank Adams, resisting tears.”May all officers get back every night.”

Child of fallen policeman gets surprise at wedding event

A line officers waited to dance with Mundell for the father-daughter dance. (Source: Angela Lyons Photography/KOMO/CNN)A line officers waited to dance with Mundell for the father-daughter dance. (Source: Angela Lyons Photography/KOMO/CNN).

PIERCE COUNTY, WA (KOMO/CNN) – It’s been almost 6 years considering that Washington State Deputy Kent Mundell lost his life in the line of responsibility, however it’s still hard on his family– specifically because his daughter just recently got wed.

“Any wedding is a big offer and not having my papa there was a lot more difficult for everybody,” child Kirsten Mundell stated.

She had a seat reserved for her daddy in the front row of her wedding event. The seat held items that advised her of her father.

“It suggested a lot understanding that we were able to save an area for him and knowing that I felt him there, I understood he was there,” Mundell stated.

The back of her bridal gown held another tribute. She had thin blue lacing on her dress that represents her dad’s occupation.

A family pal walked her down the aisle, and he began the father-daughter dance. While the two were dancing, another policeman tapped on Mundell’s shoulder and requested a dance.

“He said there’s a whole line of us and right as he stated that is when the next policeman cut in. I just broke down,” Mundell stated.

It was moving not just since of this girl and the assistance she was getting, however also it demonstrates how the loss still cuts deep.

“People need to understand that their family’s lives go on however they’re still affected by it every day,” Mundell said. “I imply I understand they’re always there for me, and if I require them, I never believed they ‘d simply appear. It was the best wedding surprise ever.”

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In her own words: Fallen officer’s widow recalls his life, community support


On June 8, 2014, Las Vegas Metro police officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck were ambushed by 2 gunmen while they were eating lunch. Both officers were eliminated.

One year later on, Beck’s widow, Nicole, recalled the day her other half was eliminated.

Below is the unabridged statement she supplied to FOX5:

“June 8th was the most awful day of my life.

“I had left Alyn in Las Vegas so he could work and finish up his final step in the sergeant testing procedure, set up for the 10th, while I took our 3 children to Northern California to go to a household occasion.

“Receiving the message that he ‘d been involved in a mishap was shocking to say the least. Alyn was so well-trained that there really had not been much I needed to worry about with him patrolling the streets. I knew he might out-shoot, out-run, out-fight, or out-smart any criminal. I felt in one’s bones it. To hear the words that he ‘d been shot while eating lunch was so confusing to my brain. When the physician informed me over the phone that Alyn had hung on for two hours but had not made it, my universe just collapsed. How could this occur?

“When you lose somebody you enjoy dearly it’s like a door knocks shut on your future. Rather honestly, it feels like half of yourself passes away as well.

“I fulfilled Alyn my very first year of college and wed him the following summer, which appears kind of crazy, I understand. I was drawn to his extremely enjoyable personality. We fell madly in love and grew and developed over the next 18 years. He made me who I am today.

“Every hope and dream I have for my life included him. It’s so heartbreaking to understand that all those hopes and dreams got taken from me, and from him. It’s so hard to see a child that he was so distressed to add to our household and raise, grow up without him here to hold her. It’s so hard to navigate through your very own sorrow while attempting to continue to be a steady mother for children that need you.”

“I have actually found out a lot about myself and others this previous year. I discovered, right away, that this local has a huge heart and rallies behind fallen heroes and their households. I will be permanently grateful for all the fundraising and kind letters and expressions of sympathy I got from many individuals I do not even know. I found out that the law enforcement household really does support their own. I cannot count the meals and gifts offered by better halves of officers or times I have actually heard the words, ‘If you ever require anything, please call me,’ from officers around this Valley. I discovered that my church family genuinely is willing to grieve with those that mourn, and convenience those that require comfort. I learned that minutes of comfort truly can come when thousands of people are hoping for you. I have actually felt the prayers. I truly have, and I appreciate all of them.

“It has been a year of numerous ups and downs. There hasn’t been a day yet I haven’t wept in isolation for Alyn or anger for my circumstance. There hasn’t been a day yet that I haven’t felt liked by others.

“I’m grateful to understand that Alyn will certainly never ever be forgotten. His name is etched in stone on memorials in Washington, D.C., in Carson City and in multiple places in Las Vegas. I’m glad that he will certainly always be born in mind as a hero since that truly is exactly what he is. To many, he is a hero since he put on a badge and gun to work each day and safeguarded the citizens of the Las Vegas local. To me, he is a hero due to the fact that of the method that he lived. He always looked for opportunities to help others and truly cared about individuals.

“I recently requested memories of him from anyone that understood him to share their memories of him for a book I’m assembling for my kids, especially my young child, so that she might know her daddy. I love that included in almost every memory is the expression that, “Alyn had a way of making you feel vital, even if you simply satisfied. He was so easy to be around. He was such a people individual. He was so dang fun!’

“Alyn wasn’t best, no one is, however he was best for me. I will certainly miss him every single day of my life. I would do anything to be able to have him back. I have actually felt his strength, though, as I have actually achieved some hard things this year. He’s pushed me forward to achieve objectives like running 3 half-marathons in his honor, and helping make a change in legislature regarding line-of-duty-death survivor benefits in the state of Nevada. I understand that he will remain to be involved in my life in the way that he can. I hope his example of goodness and strength will continue to stay in individuals’s hearts.

“Last but not least, I [would] want to say that one of the hardest things for me to get over has been the fact that Alyn’s life was taken so needlessly. To know that he was targeted and killed solely because of the uniform that he put on will most likely never ever be settled in my mind.

“In neighborhoods across the country we’re seeing the increase of antagonistic views toward law enforcement agent who are merely doing their task. The task that we as a society have asked to do. In some way we forget that the officers that put their lives on the line every day are real individuals. They’re dads, moms, siblings, siblings, kids, little girls, husbands and wives. They have important lives and are human. The more we allow this hatred in the direction of police officers to grow, the less capable they will be to protect us. And where will we be when there disappear brave men and women willing to handle the job because of the environment we’ve produced? Being an officer is a challenging task, it’s normally a thankless task. It takes a huge toll on a person to see and experience everything that they need to. They have to feel the support, not criticism from the community that they serve every day.”

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