Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Honoring Two More Fallen Officers in the Month of February

Sgt Richard C. LeBow became the 19th Arkansas State Police trooper to die in the line of duty since the department was established in 1935 when his cruiser collided with a tractor trailer on Monday, February 4th at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Per Department spokesman Bill Sadler, Sgt. LeBow crossed from the westbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 40 in Crawford County , proceeded across the median and collided with a truck in an eastbound lane of traffic. Television reports said the tractor trailer caught fire after the crash near Mulberry and video showed a smoky crash scene with the front end of LeBow's cruiser destroyed.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was injured in the crash and taken to a Fort Smith hospital. Officials have not released details regarding the reason why Sgt. LeBow crossed the median but state that the accident remains under investigation.

Sgt. LeBow, age 51, was a 27 year veteran of the Arkansas State Police. He leaves behind his wife Kathy, two sons, Charles and Caleb, and his mother Nadine.

A second officer died in another tragic motor vehicle accident on Monday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that Latimer County Deputy Sheriff Dustin Duncan of Cameron died in a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 270 near Wister just before 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. Troopers say Duncan was eastbound in his patrol car when he crossed the center line of the highway and collided head-on into an oncoming pickup truck.

According to Sheriff Chris Ford, the 28-year-old deputy was still considered on duty as he was on his way home following a 12-hour shift. At some point as Duncan was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 270, he fell asleep at the wheel and veered into the westbound lane.

"I've never seen the guy in a bad mood as long as I've known him. He was always positive," Sheriff Ford said. "He exceeded all requirements" expected of a deputy. "The department is filled with disbelief and sorrow. Being an eight-man department, we are very close-knit. Everyone knows everybody and their families. We had been friends for 15 years."

Before serving with the Latimer County Sheriff's Office in October of last year, Duncan was a deputy in LeFlore County, Oklahoma and before that was an officer with the Wister, Oklahoma Police Department.

Deputy Duncan was engaged to be married.

Please remember Sgt. LeBow and his family as well as Deputy Duncan and his family in your thoughts and prayers. The states of Arkansas and Oklahoma have both suffered great losses at the passing of these two fine Law Enforcement Officers.

9 comments:

  1. How ironic is it that both of these men put others in jeopardy - something they would never do unless something dreaful happened to them like a heart attack or something.
    How terribly sad for all concerned.

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  2. How horrible for these to dedicated law enforcement officers. You can stop now Linda. You are doing these way to often. My thoughts and prayers to both of these families. :(

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  3. The officers and their families are in my thoughts.

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  4. It's been a bad year for fallen heroes.

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  5. My sympathies with all the families concerned. It has been a sad year for all those who protect and serve.

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  6. So very sad. Engaged to be married....dear Lord.

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  7. So sad. My thoughts are with the families, and I think these officers for their service and their sacrifice.

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  8. friend to 2 that have fallen3:22 AM EST

    dustin we have known each other for years and i will miss you terribly ,and i will see you again someday. keep watch over us and goodbye my friend

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  9. This very tragic day will be with me and my husband for the rest of our lives,since he was the driver of the pick up truck. I was so sorry for the Duncan family and kept them in our prayers I was just sickened to hear that this had happened. I got a phone call about 5:20 am I ignored it thinking it was my husband just to bug me. I heard the phone ring again and again so i had to get up and get it only to hear he was being taken to the hospital due to a wreck. I was so grateful that he was ok but Honestly he reall isn't ok he has mental problems knowing that Dustin Duncan had died in a wreck that he was in. He also has really bad leg and back problems. I'm so glad that these departments are behind their men and consider them on duty till they get home but my problem with that is why would they do that and in turn when my husband tried to get his medical bills paid for by latimer county they told him they would pay for the truck but not his bills. Why is it ok for them to do people this way. I know as well as everyone else it was Dustin Duncan that caused the wreck due to them having him pull a double shift so had they not had him pull a double he would never had been tired and would still be alive today and my husband would not have any medical problems at all.

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