Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Three More Lives Claimed in Line of Duty Deaths

On Monday, October 13th, Officer/Paramedic Bruce W. Harrolle, 36, was killed in the line of duty while performing a search and rescue mission for two stranded hikers on Bell Mountain in the Bell Rock area of Arizona .

The incident occurred after the Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter based out of Flagstaff responded to a request from the Sedona Fire Department and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office to assist the search for the stranded and dehydrated hikers.

Officer/Paramedic Harrolle had loaded one hiker into the helicopter and was assisting the second patient in when he was struck by the helicopter's rotor blades and was fatally injured.

A nine year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety who was described as "a loving husband, father, and hero" by DPS Director Roger Vanderpool, Officer/Paramedic Harrolle leaves behind his wife, Angela; daughter, Addison and son, Justice.

On Sunday, October 19th, Deputy Sheriff Sarah Irene Haylett-Jones of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Indiana succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier in a motor vehicle accident.

Deputy Jones, 27, was directing traffic in an area where a wrecker was removing a stranded vehicle from a ravine in Bloomington when she was struck by a motor vehicle at approximately 10:30 p.m. She was initially transported to Bloomington Hospital and later transferred to Method Hospital in Indianapolis via airlift.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Deputy Jones, had served with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for just eight months; prior to that she was a member of the Montgomery , Alabama Police Department for 1-1/2 years. She leaves behind her husband.

A Northern York County Regional Police Department Officer died Tuesday, October 21st. as he was setting up to help re-create the scene of a fatal weekend accident in which one person died and six others were injured

Officer David Tome, a traffic re-constructionist, had just finished setting up several orange warning cones in the right lane of the highway in the area of the fatal crash that occurred on two days earlier in Franklin Township, when he was hit by the right front fender of a Saturn Vue that caused him to be thrown into the air, over a guardrail, and down an embankment before landing in a wooded area. Officer Tome died instantly.

"It's a very, very tragic accident," said Lisa Wingert, chairwoman of the Manchester Township Board of Supervisors. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and the other officers."

Officer Tome attended Harrisburg Area Community College 's Police Academy in 2002 and was hired by Northern Regional in 2003. Police Officer Kyle Hower, who attended the academy and was hired at the same time as Officer Tome said that the quiet and reserved Tome took pride in being a police officer and possessed "possibly the most polished pair of boots I've ever seen!"

Described as a devoted family man, Officer Tome, 31, leaves behind his wife and two young children.


  1. These tributes you write are always so difficult to read. Such tragic losses to their families and communities.

  2. I hate to hear these things but you write some seriously beautiful tributes to them, I hope you know that.

  3. What a shame Linda. Their family, friends and the law enforcement community are in my thoughts and prayers. :)

  4. Good grief! Two hit and runs and one done in by a helicopter rotor!
    My heart goes out to their families.


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