Lieutenant Robert 'Bo' McCallister succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on February 19, 1981, while responding to a bank robbery. McCallister dutifully served with the Susquehanna Township Police Department for 32 years, despite being in near-constant pain from the bullet lodged in his spine. Among the myriad honors McCallister received, he earned the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart due to his heroism during the 1981 bank robbery.
State Trooper Lucas Dowell was shot and killed while executing a search warrant on February 4, 2019. Trooper Dowell served with the Virginia State Police for four years. State legislators have introduced a bill to name the I-81 bridge in Dowell's hometown of Chilhowie as the 'Trooper Lucas B. Dowell Bridge.'
Officer Matthew Rittner was shot and killed while executing a search warrant on February 6, 2019. In addition to serving 17 years as a member of the Milwaukee Police Department in Wisconsin, Officer Rittner was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the War on Terror. He is survived by his expectant wife and child.
Officer Robert McKeithen served as a member of the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years before he was shot and killed on May 5, 2019 right outside the city's police department headquarters without any provocation. Officer McKeithen was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had planned to retire by year's end.
Detective William Brewer was shot and killed after responding to a call from a suicidal man armed with a gun at an apartment complex. Brewer was a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office in Ohio and was remembered by friends as a 'great man' and a 'great officer.' His is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.
Sergeant WyTasha Carter was shot and killed while responding to a call over car burglaries on January 13, 2019. Sergeant Carter was a 17-year law enforcement veteran, serving with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Leeds Police Department, and Fairfield Police Department before joining the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama. Carter was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Thompson was gunned down following a vehicle pursuit of a suspect stemming from a road rage incident on March 19, 2019. Deputy Thompson served in law enforcement for 12 years, including time with the Kittitas Sheriffs Office's Correctional Facility and Central Washington University Police before becoming a Kittitas Sheriff's deputy.