On Saturday, April 21, 2014, Officer Heather L. Phares, age 22, of the Midlothian Police Department, passed away after sustaining injuries in a two-vehicle accident after working a special assignment with the local school district.

Officer Phares was born on May 1, 1991 in Fort Worth.  She graduated from Mansfield Summit High School in 2009. Officer Phares was hired by the Midlothian Police Department in 2012, and she graduated from the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy in 2013, fulfilling her post high school dream of becoming a police officer.  Her original career plans to become a doctor were quickly changed after a ride out with her cousin, who is a Mansfield police officer. Officer Phares was with the Midlothian Police Department for one year and a half.

Officer Phares presented her natural athletic abilities from a very young age.  She began the discipline of Taekwondo when she was two years old, watching her father teach everyday in his gym.  She had a love for many sports including basketball and track, excelling in each sport in high school.  She earned the nickname “Whitelighting” from her coaches and teammates due to her quickness and speed, lettering on the varsity team in both sports her junior and senior year.  Officer Phares was very competitive in all she participated in and always strived to do her best.

Left behind to cherish her memories are her parents, Randell and Cynthia; brother, Colton; sister, Nicole; true love, Nathan Alzarez; grandparents, Jack and Laverl; great-grandmother, Dorothy Bradshaw, and a host of other family members.

Firefighter William S. Tanksley, of the Dallas Fire Department, answered his last alarm on the night of February 10, 2014, at the age of 40, as he was working an accident scene when he was tragically hit by a car and knocked from an icy overpass.  He joined the fire department in 1999, two years after he left organized baseball. Firefighter Tanksley’s career spanned for 15 years, most recently at Station #12. 

Firefighter Tanksley was born on November 1, 1973 in Dallas. He graduated from Kemp High School in 1992. The Baltimore Orioles drafted Firefighter Tanksley directly out of high school, however, he held on to his commitment with Mississippi State University and played baseball for the Bulldogs, where he was a star player and held many titles, one of which has not been broken. Firefighter Tanksley was drafted by the Minnesota Twins minor league team his junior year at MSU, where he played for three years.  He is remembered as one of the university’s best relief pitchers in history. He was a Mizuno freshman All-American in 1993 and was the last freshman in Mississippi State history to throw a complete-game shutout.  He ranks in the top 10 in school history in seven statistical categories.  He also made the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1995.  On February 14, 1998, he married the love of his life, Wendi, and they were blessed with three beautiful children.  It is evident Firefighter Tanksley’s passion was his family. He was a devoted husband and doting father, who was very proud of the natural athletic ability of his children and enjoyed coaching them in baseball.  Firefighter Tanksley was an avid hunter and introduced and instilled this passion in his children and spent quality time with his family hunting. He was a member of the Mississippi State Alumni Association, Ducks Unlimited and National Rifle Association. Firefighter Tanksley was a faithful follower of Christ who was quick to forgive and quick to ask for forgiveness. He attended Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Seven Points and was a member of West Mesquite Baptist Church.

Firefighter Tanksley is survived by his loving wife, Wendi; three beautiful children; Laynee, Levi and Lynlee; parents, Wayne and Nita Tanksley; sisters, Nicki Tanksley; Christi Lively and husband Chris.

Police Chief Steven K. Fleming worked with the Gainesville Police Department for 22 years, advancing to Corporal in 1997 and earning the rank of Sergeant a year later. He was promoted to Captain in 2003 and earned the rank of department Chief in 2008. He graduated from the Arlington Police Academy and 1990, which began his career serving his community with pride and honor.

Chief Fleming and his lovely wife of 24 years, Kimberly, had a beautiful daughter, Maegan, who filled his life with joy and pride each day. He was a member of the Gainesville Masonic Lodge 210, the Optimist Club, and a devoted member of his church. Chief Fleming was a true outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, fishing, and frequent trips to his family property in Junction, Texas. He is remembered by those close to him for his devotion to others and his desire to always better his community.

On Friday November 1, 2013, Police Chief Steven Keith Fleming passed away from injuries he sustained a week prior. He had fallen from a ladder at the police department’s evidence building and was transported to Medical Center of Plano. He is survived by his loving wife, Kimberly; daughter, Maegan; mother, Barbara and husband David; brother, Jimmy; and in-laws, Jack and Janet Hunter. He was preceded in death by his father, Lemuel, in 2003.

Sergeant Lance Allen McLean proudly served with the Hood County Sheriff’s Office for five years, working as a member of SWAT and an Honor Guard. He began his law enforcement career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for four years, following a life long passion to protect and serve others. Sergeant McLean was known by fellow officers for his leadership.

Originally from Mississippi, Sergeant McLean met his wife, Katy, in their hometown. The two were the proud parents of Quinton and Abigail, both with special needs. Sergeant McLean treasured every moment with his amazing family and always tried to make his kids laugh. He was a huge fan of the Texas Rangers and would prank other fans at games by “photobombing” their pictures with his wife. Sergeant McLean loved spending time outdoors fishing, golfing, or doing activities with his family. On days off he would take his daughter on drives on back roads, and was always seen with a smile on his face and his hand extend to help others.

On June 29, 2013, Sergeant Lance Allen McLean passed away from a gunshot wound he sustained the previous day. He had responded to a disturbance call in the Oak Trail Shores community, where he was fatally wounded. HE is survived by his wife, Katy; son, Quinton; daughter, Abigail; mother, Joyce; brother, Randy and wife Tina; grandfather, Don; and a host of other family members.

Firefighter Stanley A. Wilson dedicated his life to the safety of his community for 28 years with the Dallas Fire Department. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration before relocating to Dallas to follow his passion to help others.

Firefighter Wilson met the love of his life, Jenny, at a church softball game in 1992 and the two began their journey as husband and wife, welcoming two boys, Noah and Luke, to their family. In every aspect of his children’s lives, Firefighter Wilson worked to be a leader and role model, and was the quartermaster of their Boy Scout Troop 890. He was a devoted member of his church and had a heart to constantly serve others He loved to snow ski and find time to be a positive influence in the lives of others.

On Monday, May 20, 2013, Dallas Firefighter Stanley A. Wilson answered his final call battling a six-alarm fire that had broken out at an apartment building. He is survived by his wife, Jenny; sons, Noah and Luke; mother, Nell; sister, Teri and her husband, Dean; brother, Ken and his wife Kristi; and several nieces and nephews.

Fire Captain Kenneth “Luckey” Harris, Jr. served with Dallas Fire Department for over 31 years, attaining the rank of Captain for his dedicated service to the Dallas community. He had attended McLennan County Community College until he was accepted into the Dallas Fire Academy and followed his passion to save the lives of those in his community.

Captain Harris owned Harris Home Inspections and Construction with his family, knowing his efforts helped keep others safe at home. He met his devoted wife, Holly, and the two of them welcome three boys, Jud, Jarrod and Heath, completing their happy family. Captain Harris enjoyed offshore fishing with his friends and sons, and was a devoted member of his church, constantly following the path of Jesus Christ. Hee is remembered for his ability to light up a room and all who worked under him couldn’t imagine working with anyone more deserving and respectful.

On April 17, 2013, Fire Captain Kenneth Harris, Jr. gave the ultimate sacrifice while helping the community of West, Texas following the fertilizer plant explosion. He is survived by his wife, Holly; sons, Jud, Jarrod and Heath; mother and stepfather, Scottie and Emory; father and stepmother, Ken and Annita; and sisters, Anne and Carmen.

District Attorney Mike McLelland served in the Army for 23 years, retiring as a decorated Major. He received his bachelors degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Psychology from Ball State University, and a Jurisprudence of Law from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Mr. McLelland always desired to work in a field that would benefit the people of his community.

Before pursuing a legal career, Mr. McLelland worked as a clinical psychologist. He had a private practice in both Corpus Christi and Dallas before serving as a public defender in Dallas, moving up to be elected as District Attorney for Kaufman County. He and his loving wife, Cynthia, seemed to others as polar opposites, but the two filled their marriage with love and devotion to one another. Mr. McLelland was known in the community for his commitment to help everyone live a safer life.

On March 30, 2013, Kaufman District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were tragically gunned down in their home. Their tragic loss affected the entire community. Mike Mclelland is survived by his mother, Wyvonne; daughter, Krista; sons, Jr. McLelland and Josh; sister, Marsha; stepson, Nathan; stepdaughter, Christina; and grandchildren, Ty, Trent, James, Coby, Brody and Laura.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was born in Carbondale, Illinois and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in History before receiving a law degree from SMU Law School in 1981. He joined the Dallas District Attorney’s office in 1982 where he worked for 6 years before fighting for the rights of his community at the Kaufman District Attorney’s Office.

Before moving to Kaufman, Mr. Hasse worked in the private practice of law in Dallas, focusing on aviation law, family law and criminal defense work before following his passion to serve the community. Above all else, Mr. Hasse worked to protect the victims of crimes and worked each day to make his community safe. In his spare time he enjoyed flying planes, earning his commercial pilots license in college. He served as the president of the Dallas chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and had a huge heart to help all of God’s creatures. Mr. Hasse was known for adopting unadoptable stray dogs all his life. Those who knew him remembered his giving personality and ability to lift anyone’s spirit.

On Thursday January 31, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was on his way to work near the Kaufman County Courthouse when he was gunned down. He is survived by his loving mother, Patricia; brother, Paul; sister-in-law, Vicki; two stepbrothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Officer Joshua S. Williams was a proud officer with the Waxahachie Police Department for 18 years. He attended Hill College before fulfilling his dream of becoming a police officer. During his tenure, Officer Williams was a member of SWAT, worked as a Field Training Officer, and earned numerous awards for his devotion to the community, including Expert Marksman Awards, Master Peace Officers Certificate and Exemmplary Performance.

Officer Williams met his lovely wife, Deanna, and the two celebrated the birth of their three beautiful daughters, Detosha, Kiondra and Kailyn. As a family, they spent time together and Officer Williams always gave his daughters a positive image to look up to. Officer Williams enjoyed going on cruises with his wife, customizing his motorcycle, fishing and playing jokes. He was known as a prankster and always knew how to make others smile. Officer Williams was a devoted member of his church and lived his life in God’s image.

On Saturday July 28, 2012, Officer Joshua S. Williams was responding to a disturbance at a fast food restaurant when his patrol car was struck by an intoxicated driver, killing Officer Williams. He is survived by his loving wife, Deanna, daughters, Detosha, Kiondra and Kailyn; parents, Joshua and Sadie; and sister, Keisha.

Dallas Fire Department Lt. Todd W Krodle graduated from Greenville High School in 1988, and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education. He became a proud member of the Dallas Fire Department in 1993 from Rookie Class 239. During his 17-year career he worked as a Fire Rescue Office, Driver/Engineer and then became Lieutenant at Station 26 in Oak Cliff.

Lt. Krodle married the love of his life, Kelli, in 1995, and with her welcomed two beautiful children, Cade and Caroline into the world. Lt. Krodle found the most joy in life spending time with his family, and strived to be a hero for his kids, wife and little brother. He had a love for outdoors and enjoyed deer hunting, baseball, and participating in rodeo competitions. Lt. Krodle lived his life through his faith, and lived everyday to serve others.

On Sunday, August 14, 2011, Lt. Krodle answered his final call battling a three-alarm apartment fire in West Dallas. He is survived by his loving wife Kellie, children Cade and Caroline; parents, brother, parents-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.

Deputy Sheriff Clifton L. Taylor proud served the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for three years after dreaming all his life to work in law enforcement. Deputy Sheriff Taylor devoted his life towards serving those in need. He was committed to starting non-profit organizations to help child victims of violence as well as a Christmas bicycle program for the children. His fellow officers knew him as being a genuinely selfless young man, often volunteering to go in ahead of fellow officers saying, “Let me go first, you all have kids.”

Deputy Sheriff Taylor had a love for life that was shown through his love of humor and adventure. A bit of a daredevil, he once went skydiving just to prove he had no fear of heights. He enjoyed sports, fishing, jet skiing, motorcycles and video gaming. He loved to make others laugh, especially with his perfected imitations of both Presidents George Bush Jr. and Sr. One of his little known accomplishments was his ability to make some of the best popcorn ever.

On Saturday, April 23, 2011, Deputy Sheriff Taylor responded to his final call, a domestic disturbance near Venus. Upon arrival at the scene, as deputies searched the property for the male suspect, Deputy Sheriff Taylor opened the door to a shed near the property and was shot. He is survived by his parents, Randy and Rebecca, his devoted fiancé Rhonda, his brother Christopher and his sister Megan.

Volunteer Firefighter Gregory M. Simmons served on the Sachse and Eastland Volunteer Fire Departments, and fully embodied his oath to serve others in his community. He was constantly volunteering his time to the community.

Whether it was working concession stands at community events, helping with the annual haunted house or serving as the “Oldest Water Boy in History” for Eastland High athletic teams and band, Firefighter Simmons was always willing to lend a hand to others. A father above all else, his favorite past times always involved his daughters Kateland and Karley, from watching the stars at night, to calling them during a busy day just to say “I love you.” His contagious smile is echoed in his daughters and remembered fondly by his wife, Carrie.

On Friday April 15, 2011, Volunteer Firefighter Gregory M. Simmons answered his final call with the Eastland Fire Department battling one of five wildfires that had ravaged the county. He gave his life doing what he loved and his efforts saved the town of Gorman. He is survived by his wife, Carrie, and his daughters, Kateland and Karley, who continue his legacy with their father’s same special smile.

Officer Kevin P. Marceau proudly served on the Dallas Police Department for seven years. Committed to his purpose of protected his community, Officer Marceau honorably served for four years in the United States Armed Forces during the Gulf War. He lived wholeheartedly by the phrase “To Serve and Protect.”

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Officer Marceau was a true outdoorsman, spending his free time skeet shooting, running and biking. Known by his fellow officers as the “Practical Joker,” he never let a moment go by without working to better the lives of others through service and humor. He served the Southeast Dallas area proudly. When asked about his commitment to his community, he simply said, “I am making sure what they have they don’t lose because they already have nothing.” He was a dedicated father to his son, Jonathon, and always set a great example of dedication, courage and love for his son to look up to.

On November 13, 1996, Officer Kevin P. Marceau was working an off-duty law enforcement job near White Rock Lake when he witnessed a car accident. As the driver attempted to flee the scene, he attempted to chase the driver on foot, was struck by a moving vehicle and sustained critical injuries. After fighting for 14 years, Officer Marceau succumbed to his injuries on January 14, 2011. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Pat; his son, Jonathon and his four siblings.

Officer Jillian M. Smith proudly served on the Arlington Police Department for 10 months, fulfilling her lifelong aspiration to “catch the bad guys.” She graduated from Juan Sequin High School in 2005 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. On August 20, 2010 she graduated from the Arlington Police Academy and began serving her community.

The youngest of two daughters, “Jill-Jill,” as she was known by friends and family, was a devoted member of the community and choir at Mount Olive Baptist Church. She treasured time with her family, friends and special nephew, Cameron, whom she referred to as her “Big Ole Baby Boy.” She took pleasure in cooking and shopping with her sister, Jessica, and her mother. Officer Smith may have been one of the bravest in her community, but to her parents she was “Daddy’s Baby” and “Mom’s Personal Taxi.”

On December 28, 2010, Officer Jillian Smith valiantly gave her life after responding to an apartment for a domestic dispute after the suspect had left the location. When the suspect returned, Officer Smith placed herself between the suspect and a child at the location, and was fatally wounded when the suspect began shooting. She is survived by her loving parents, Doug and Sonya; her sister, Jessica; and her special nephew, Cameron.

Officer Craig L. Shaw nobly served his community on the Lancaster Police Department for five years. A Dallas, Texas native, he worked as a jailer for the Dallas Marshall’s office from 1999-004 before joining the police force. Committed to keeping his community safe, he was a part of the multi-jurisdictional emergency response tactical unit, Southern Regional Response Group (SRRG) that served Dallas and Ellis counties. During his time with the Dallas Police Department, Officer Shaw earned many awards for going above and beyond the basic call of duty.

Known as the “Gentle Giant” for his 6 foot 4 inch frame, Officer Shaw was a devoted family man known as the peacemaker among those around him. He met his wife Tiwanda in 1990 and the two began their 13 year marriage in 1996. He and his wife were each other’s best friend and spent their time doing things as a family with their children, D’Andrea and Christopher, as well as a special date night once a month. Officer Shaw’s loving spirit touched all around him.

On June 20, 2010, Officer Craig Shaw and fellow officers responded to a call for a shooting at a local apartment community. Upon arrival, officers began searching for the suspect. As they approached him, he suddenly turned and opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Shaw. Another officer returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Shaw is survived by his wife, Tiwanda; his children, D’Andrea and Christopher; his parents, Lee and Geraldine; sisters, Denise and Ashley; and brothers, Morris and Reginald.

Officer Craig G. Story honorably served with the Arlington Police Department for seven years beginning in May 2002. During his tenure, he served on the SWAT team and Tactical Unit, and received 19 commendations for his exemplary service. In 2005, Officer Story was nominated for East Officer of the Year.

A black belt in jujitsu, OfficeR Story was fluent in Spanish and devoted each day to making life better for his sons, one of whom was born eight months after he passed. Officer Story was driven by his passion to provide and do the best for his family, and made sure to blow a kiss to his son as he drove off to work on his motorcycle every day. Officer Story’s love was shown through how he lived for his family and through his walk through life with God.

On Wednesday January 13, 2010, Officer Craig Story was pursuing a speeding motorist when his motorcycle collided with an Arlington school bus. Officer Story is survived by his wife, Danielle; sons, Barrett and Colton; mother, Shirley; father and wife, Donny and Edwayna; and his sister, Michelle.

Firefighter Donald “Don” Edward Hogg was a brave member of the Arlington Fire Department for 14 years. An instrumental part of developing the Hazmat Team in 1988, Firefighter Hogg was always working to make his community safer. During his tenure, he was awarded the Medal of Valor, Firefighter of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the Chief’s Five Standards Awards.

Always active in his community, Don was an Eagle Scout in his youth before attending Texas A&M University where he met his wife through their involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ. Firefighter Hogg graduated Texas A&M University in 1983, and married his wife, Jennifer, in 1984. Together, he and his wife enjoyed camping in Colorado and traveling on exotic cruises to Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Hawaii and more. Always active in his community, Don worked on the school district’s Growth and Medical Committees to ensure the safety of students.

On Thursday November 19, 2009, Firefighter Donald Edward Hogg passed away at a Mansfield care facility after battling an acute illness at the age of 49. He is remembered for his pure heart filled with a passion to help others. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; son, Dylan; parents, Bob and Peggy; and his siblings, Ann Marie and Chaly.

Sergeant Randy White began his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Alvarado Police Department before joining the Bridgeport Police Department in 2004, where he served for five years. Known by fellow officers as a “prankster,” Sergeant White was an Oklahoma native who devoted his life to protecting the people of his community.

Sergeant White met his wife, Janet at a small church in Godley in 1999 after moving to Texas. He two were married in 2001, and together celebrated the birth of their daughter, Jadyn. Above all else, Sergeant White valued spending time with his family, especially four-wheeling and exploring the outdoors with his daughter. An outdoorsman at heart, White had a passion for woodworking and hunting. He was always an active member of his church and lived each day to serve God, his family and his community.

On Thursday April 2, 2009, Sergeant Randy White’s patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a suspect in a stolen vehicle being pursued by other officers. Sergeant White had been clearing Texas 114 of traffic ahead of the pursuit and had parked on the shoulder when his vehicle was struck and pushed into the back of a pickup truck hauling a trailer. Sergeant Randy White is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Jadyn; mother, Judy; father and stepmother, Dewayne and Lu; and siblings, Angie and Michael.

Senior Corporal Norman S. Smith was a 14-year veteran with the Dallas Police Gang Unit, and served on the Dallas Police Department for 18 years. He was born in Fontainebleu, France in 1965, and graduated from the Duke of York in Dover, England before moving to Kaufman, Texas in 1980 to complete his final year of high school. After graduating, Senior Corporal Smith joined the Marines and served for four years before joining the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer before joining the Dallas Police Department.

Senior Corporal Smith enjoyed spending time with his wife, Regina, either traveling the world or bonding over their shared hobbies of collecting antiques and tending to their garden. He enjoyed the simple things in life, and was known by fellow officers for his passion for life. Known as the “Big Russian” by his fellow officers, Senior Corporal Smith had a smile that lit up every room, and worked hard to mentor children in his community to foster ambition and keep them off the streets.

On Tuesday January 6, 2009, Senior Corporal Norman S. Smith was fatally shot and killed while he and fellow officers attempted to serve a felony warrant for aggravated assault. Senior Corporal Smith is survived by his wife and fellow officer, Regina; son, Karlis; daughter, Clenique; mother, Carolyn; and sister, Michelle.

Senior Corporal Victor A. Lozada, Sr. proudly served with the Dallas Police Department for 20 years as well as 22 years with the National Guard. Born in Mexico City, Senior Corporal Lozada moved to Houston, Texas with his eight siblings when he was 2 years old. He attended the University of Houston in 1978 before beginning his work as a public servant with the National Guard in 1981.

Senior Corporal Lozada spent his time with his wife, Theresa, and their four children. A true family man, Senior Corporal Lozada loved fishing and following family traditions he and his children cherished. Proud of his heritage and career, the Lozada family was known at Christmas for having different trees that represented his Hispanic culture, American culture, the Dallas Police Department and the Army. Always a man of honor, Lozada was known for saying, “Everyday is the first day of the rest of your life.” His smile and humor are what his children, wife and fellow officers hold in their hearts.

On Friday, February 2, 2008, Senior Corporal Victor A. Lozada, Sr. was providing escort for Senator Hilary Clinton when his motorcycle struck a concrete barrier and crashed. He was transported to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Senior Corporal Lozada is survived by his wife, Theresa; children, Victor Jr., Lisa, Stephanie, and David; and eight siblings.

Officer Dayle Weston “Wes” Hardy was a proud member of the Plano Police Department for nine years, beginning his career as a dispatcher for the Wise County Sheriff’s Department while attending police academy at Tarrant County Junior College.

Officer Hardy grew up in Boyd, TX and played football at Texas A&M University from 1993 to 1994. After finishing school, Officer Hardy pursued his dream to become a police officer at the Tarrant County Junior College police academy. He met his loving wife, Ashlee, in 2000 and moved to Howe, Texas where they welcomed their twin daughters, Cora and Caitlyn. Officer Hardy loved riding motorcycles, hunting, and spending time with his beautiful family. Hardy’s passion to serve others led him to volunteer with the Howe Fire Department, serving as their Captain and Training Officer for seven years. He is remembered for his wit and ability to make everyone laugh and smile.

On Saturday July 7, 2007, Officer Dayle Weston Hardy’s police motorcycle collided with a vehicle. Officer Hardy was transported to Baylor Hospital where he later succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash. He is survived by his wife, Ashlee; and twin daughters, Cora and Caitlyn.

Game Warden Teyran “Ty” Patterson is a Seguin, Texas native who graduated from Texas State University in 2004. He began work at CMC Steel Texas before being accepted into the 51st Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Academy.

Game Warden Patterson had a 6’2”, 285lb frame, but despite his intimidating stature was a gentle giant known for being a kind and caring person. He enjoyed playing basketball with his “boys” in Cleburne and lifting weights. Whenever he had the time, he would go visit his friends and family with whom he was very close. Game Warden Patterson was a man of honor who showed loyalty to his family and loved ones, and showed passion in everything he did. A hero to many, his older brother Joe said, “Ty is a hero in my eyes and possessed the gift to see the good in everyone.”

On Wednesday May 30, 2007, Game Warden Teyran Patterson and his partner, Danny Tuggle, were on the Paluxy River when their boat capsized. Ty was able to assist his partner to safety, but unfortunately Game Warden Patterson drowned while struggling in the water. He is remembered for his pure heart. Game Warden Patterson is survived by his parents, Joe and Viann Patterson; his sister, Crystal; and brothers, Joe, Jr. and Demetrius.

Officer Andrew Esparza was a devoted member of the Irving Police Department for just under two years after attending the Irving Police Academy. A North Texas native, Officer Esparza grew up in Burleson, Texas before attending college at the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with a degree in Business.

Officer Esparza spent as much time as he could with friends and family. He loved to hunt, fish and play poker, which he was very good at. A close friend of his stated, “Drew was the kind of friend that everyone wants but only a few of us actually have.” Officer Esparza was always there to help anyone in need, and selflessly put the needs of others before himself.

On Friday April 13, 2007, Officer Andrew Esparza was responding to assist another officer when he lost control of his patrol car in a rainstorm. He was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Officer Esparza is survived by his parents, Rafael and Christina; brothers, Ralph and Felix; and sister, Zoila.

Senior Corporal Mark T. Nix moved from Forest Lake, Minnesota to Arlington, Texas with his family at the age of seven. At the age of 19, he joined the Navy before transferring to the Army. Officer Nix attended Chicago Moody Bible College for a year before transferring to the University of Illinois where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. He attended the Dallas Police Academy in 2000 and was a proud member of the Dallas Police Department for seven years.

Senior Corporal Nix was known for being skilled at paintball and enjoyed spending time with his friends and loved ones. He loved bike riding and was known as a jokester. Officer Nix found joy in making others laugh and truly enjoyed the company of others.

On Tuesday March 23, 2007, Senior Corporal Mark T. Nix was attempting to apprehend a murder suspect when the suspects car crashed. The suspect opened fire on Officer Nix from inside the car, fatally wounding him. He is survived by his parents, David and Cheryle; and younger sister, Renee.

Officer Jeannette McCabe honorably served on the Dallas Police Department for 16 years. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona before graduating from Arizona State University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Governmental Studies. Officer McCabe moved to Texas in 1990 where she began her life as a hero.

Officer McCabe met her husband, Douglass, in 1998 and the two were married in 2002. Officer McCabe was skilled at crafts and loved spending time gardening. She was known for being strong and firm when needed, but was a gentle and loving person to those around her. OfficeR McCabe was always strong in her faith, and those who knew her remember her for living her life to show kindness to others.

On Sunday January 14, 2007, Officer Jeannette McCabe passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm a few days prior while teaching her class at Love Field. She is survived by her husband, Douglass; two sons, Jake and Joshua; five beautiful grandchildren, and her parents.

Officer Dwayne FreetO always desired to serve his community and fulfilled that dream as a member of the Fort Worth Police Department for nine months. Officer Freeto grew up in Waco, Texas and joined the Army after studying Criminal Justice for two years. After serving for four years, he went back to school to achieve a degree in Computer Networking from TSTC.

Officer Freeto loved spending time with his beautiful wife, Karen, and two daughters Jordin and Jenna. He loved to play basketball and always spread his joy and love to those around him. Fellow officers remember him as never raising his voice and always being calm and understanding to others. Those who know him remember the joy he spread to others, most importantly to his daughters.

On Sunday December 17, 2006, Officer Dwayne Freeto was assisting a motorist with a flat tire when his patrol car was struck from behind, and killed Officer Freeto. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Jordin andJenna; parents, Carl and Linda; and brother, Chuck.

Officer Henry “Hank” Nava, Jr. worked with the Austin Park Police Department for three years before joining the Fort Worth Police Academy in 1991, graduating in 1992.
Officer Nava and his wife, Teresa, had been friends for a while before getting married in November 1991. They welcomed two amazing children into the world, KayLeigh and Justin, and loved spent time together as a family. Officer Nava and his wife enjoyed hosting pool parties with their friends and spending time outdoors. Those who knew him described Officer Nava as one who gave with a generous heart and had a smile that could light up the room. He dedicated 17 years of his life to protecting the people of his community.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2005, Officer Hank Nava Jr. was attempting to serve an arresting warrant to a suspect with a parole violation. The suspect shot him and he succumbed to his injuries on December 1. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; children, KayLeigh and Justin; and parents, Henry and Nancy.

Officer Brian Jackson grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to the mainland to attend the University of Rhode Island. He graduated with a degree in Arts and Sociology in 1999 and began working for the Charleston Ambulance Rescue Service. In August 2001, Officer Jackson became a proud member of the Dallas Police Department.

Officer Jackson met his wife, JoAnn, in Rhode Island and the two were married in August 2005. Officer Jackson was cherished by those close to him for his fun-loving spirit. He would spend his free time with his wife and friends, and was always there to make people laugh. Officer Jackson enjoyed working out and watching the History Channel, and worked every day to better his Dallas community.

On November 13, 2005, Officer Brian Jackson was responding to a domestic disturbance call when the suspect fled. While pursuing on foot, Officer Jackson was shot and killed. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; parents, John and Valerie; and sister, Gina.

Firefighter Rick Hosford served with the Arlington Fire Department for 22 years. Firefighter Hosford had served in the Army for five years as a signal officer and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1982.

Firefighter Hosford spent his life working to help others. While working as a full-time firefighter, he worked part-time at Huguley Memorial Medical Center and had begun pursuing a degree in nursing. Firefighter Hosford met his wife, Diann, in 1972 and the two were married in 1975 before welcoming four beautiful children to the world. Firefighter Hosford was a dedicated member of his church and lived his life to reflect the love of Jesus Christ. Those who knew him remember his lifting spirit, and his children enjoy their memories of camping and vacationing with their father.

On Thursday, September 1, 2005, Firefighter Rick Hosford was on his way to work when a car crossed over the center lane, striking his car and killing him. He is survived by his wife, Diann; children, Tessa, Matt, Jacob and Bevin; and grandson Taylor.

Reserve Officer Sheldon Gordon was born with a desire to help serve those in his community and his country. He served in the Navy Reserves as an aviation technician for 27 years and volunteered as a reserve officer for the Dallas community for 35 years.

Officer Gordon was known for his dedication to his community and his family. In his spare time he spent time with his family, and enjoyed photography, woodworking and repairing electronics. He is remembered for his quiet nature and his children cherish memories of him camping with them and teaching them to fish.

On December 12, 2004, Reserve Officer Sheldon Gordon wason his way to report for the White Rock Marathon when he was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver. Officer Gordon is survived by his daughter, Michelle; son, Phil; granddaughters, Jade and Lacey; and former wife and friend, Maureen.

Officer Nathan Laurie was a proud member of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department for two years before joining the River Oaks Police Department. Originally from California, Officer Laurie served as a Marine for 22 years before serving the River Oaks community.

Officer Laurie and his wife, Shirlene, married young and the two welcomed three beautiful children, Nick, Brian and Katy. Officer Laurie was known for his desire to help others and always cared for the well-being of others above himself. He made his family proud for his exemplary work to better the community, and was always a loving and caring father and husband. To Officer Laurie, nothing mattered more than strong family values.

On Thursday July 29, 2004, Officer Nathan Laurie was in a vehicle pursuit when he collided with another department vehicle and was killed. He is survived by his wife, Shirlene; sons, Nick and Brian; and daughter, Katy.

Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter was as the first African-American police officer for the Grand Prairie Police Department to be commissioned by the Texas Department on Law Enforcement, where he honorably served for almost 30 years. To Sergeant Hunter, police work was not just a job, but an honorable calling that saved the lives of others. He earned several performance awards throughout the duration of his career, including the Respect Baton and a Life Saving Award, for always being willing to do more to help others.

Sergeant Hunter was born in Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Arlington to play point guard at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University and throughout his life remained devoted to live his life through Jesus Christ. He met his beautiful wife, Denise, and the two developed a strong marriage that was only strengthened by the addition of their daughter, Erin. Sergeant Hunter was known for his kind and giving spirit, and was the consummate family man. Those who knew him remember Sergeant Hunter for being a devoted mentor, honorable actions, and complete devotion to making the community around him better.

On Friday June 18, 2004, Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter was responding to a call regarding a suspicious van and welfare concern in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Upon arrival, Sergeant Hunter was ambushed and mortally wounded by an armed suspect.

Sergeant Hunter is survived by his loving wife, Denise; beautiful daughter, Erin; mother, Dorothy; sister, Edwina; and aunt, Senorita.

Officer Darren G. Medlin was an honorable member of the Grapevine Police Department for four years. Prior to joining the department, he served as Game Warden with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife for four years, and a Marine for four years prior to that, serving in Desert Storm for eight months.

Officer Medlin was devoted to his loving wife, Gina, their two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Laura, and his stepchildren, Crystal and Bobby. He graduated from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi with a degree in Criminal Justice, and devoted his life to constantly protecting his community. Officer Medlin would spend his free time singing and playing with his children, and was a handy man around the house, repairing fences, painting, plumbing and more. He is remembered by his family for his loving spirit.

On Saturday June 12, 2004, Officer Darren G. Medlin was struck and killed by an automobile driven by an intoxicated driver. He is survived by his wife, Gina; daughters, Sarah and Laura; and stepchildren, Crystal and Bobby.