It is with a heavy heart I report the following deaths in the line of duty for Region 5.
Deputy Sheriff Randall L. Benoit, Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office, Louisiana was killed in an automobile accident at approximately 0800hrs on January 18th, 2012. He served with the Sheriff's Office for 18 years.
Corporal Barbara Ester with Arkansas Dept. of Corrections. She was stabbed to death by an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys, Arkansas January 20, 2012. She had served with the for 12 years.
Police Officer Steven Green, Mobile, Alabama Police Dept was stabbed to death by a prisoner while being transported to the county jail on February 3, 2012. The suspect took the officers weapon and fled the scene. Officers pursued him and engaged in a shootout killing the suspect. He had served with Mobile P.D. for 20 months.
Reserve Deputy Don Williams, Dale County Sheriff's Office, Alabama died after a single vehicle accident on February 8, 2012. He had served as a reserve deputy for 17 years.
Detective David White, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida was shot and killed during a raid of a suspected drug house on February 16,2012. The suspect was shot and killed on scene by others officers as the suspect fled out the back door of the residence. He was a military veteran and served with Clay County for 9 years.
Deputy Sheriff Barbara Pill, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida was shot and killed on March 6, 2012. She was stopping a vehicle wanted in connection with a stolen property call from a local motel. Two suspects were apprehended after a short vehicle pursuit. She had been in law enforcement for 30 years, 15 years with Brevard County S.O.
Keep their families, friends, co-workers and all first responders in your prayers!