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RIP Deputy Suzanne Hopper & Officer Jillian Smith

We have had 15 law enforcement officers killed since the first of December.  None more covered than the killing of Ohio Deputy Suzanne Hopper and Arlington, Texas, Officer Jillian Smith, who gave her life protecting an 11 year old girl from a gunman.  Both American heroes in their own right.  God bless and comfort those who were left behind. 

Coverage of Officer Smith.


 Coverage of Deputy Hopper.



Private First Class Austin Staggs of Weatherford, TX was killed on November 29, in the Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, along with 5 of his battle mates.  Pfc. Staggs died of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire.  Also killed in the attack were:

                Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis, 36, of Tell City, Ind. 

                Staff Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes, 29, of Athens, Ohio. 

                Spc. Matthew W. Ramsey, 20, of Quartz Hill, Calif. 

                Pfc. Jacob A. Gassen, 21, of Beaver Dam, Wis.

                Pvt. Buddy W. McLain, 24, of Mexico, Maine. 

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

********** UPDATE **********

I had the honor of escorting Pfc. Staggs home yesterday.  As part of the Patriot Guard Riders, we escorted Pfc. Staggs and his family from his arrival at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth to the Mt. Olivet Funeral Home.  His funeral will be Saturday morning.  Check www.TXPGR.org for full details.

God bless Pfc. Staggs' family and friends.

PFC Austin Staggs Arrival - 12-09-2010