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#imnohero #neverforget: Sergeant Ira Gabor Essoe, Sr., EOW February 4, 2010


Sergeant Ira Essoe succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained on November 6th, 1980.

He and his partner, who were both in plainclothes, had gone to the Mall of Orange to collect bail on a warrant. When they arrived at the location, they observed three men breaking into a car in the mall’s parking lot.

Sergeant Essoe approached one side of the car as his partner approached the other. One of the subjects was able to disarm Sergeant Essoe’s partner at gunpoint, and ordered him to lay on the ground. Sergeant Essoe drew his revolver and engaged the suspect who was giving commands to his partner while the other two men fled. Sergeant Essoe’s partner was able to seek cover during the shootout.

One of the men who was fleeing on foot opened fire on Sergeant Essoe, then returned to the vehicle and shot Sergeant Essoe from behind.

Sergeant Essoe remained in poor health and passed away from direct complications of the wounds on February 4th, 2010.

Two of the subjects were apprehended following a high speed pursuit a short time later. The third was later linked to the crime while in federal prison for bank robbery. All three were sentenced to eight to 18 years in prison for the original shooting and attempted murder. In 2010 the Orange County District Attorney charged the men with murder. In response to an appeal of a preliminary ruling, the California Court of Appeals ruled that based on the laws governing the crime in 1980, the suspects could not be charged for his murder. They were released from custody after one year.

Sergeant Essoe had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

#imnohero #neverforget: Michael Hudson, Medal of Honor

Michael Hudson was born in 1834 in Sligo, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States before the U.S. Civil War. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on September 12, 1861, in Brooklyn, New York, and served aboard the sloop-of-war USS Brooklyn during the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor on December 31, 1864. Sgt Hudson received an honorable discharge on October 25, 1865, and died on December 10, 1876. He was buried at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, Michigan.

His Medal of Honor Citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. BROOKLYN during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram TENNESSEE in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked the decks, Sergeant Hudson fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram TENNESSEE.


#imnohero #neverforget: Detective Fred R. Grant, EOW January 29, 1932


Detective Grant succumbed to a gunshot wound received several months earlier when he was shot by a suspect wanted for kidnapping, robbery, and murder. The suspect opened fire on officers while hiding under a deck, striking Detective Grant in the neck. The suspect was shot killed several days later by a railroad police officer assisting local officers in the search. Detective Grant suffered to a hemorrhage two weeks after being released from the hospital.
Detective Grant had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife.


#imnohero #neverforget: James H. Howard, Medal of Honor


James Howard was born on April 8, 1913, in Canton, China. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Navy on August 5, 1937, and was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator on February 23, 1939. Howard served on the aircraft carriers USS Wasp, Lexington, and Enterprise before resigning his commission on June 21, 1941, to serve with the Flying Tigers in China. He was credited with shooting down 2.333 Japanese aircraft in aerial combat, plus 4 more on the ground while strafing enemy airfields, before the Flying Tigers were disbanded in July 1942. Howard returned to the United States later that month, and was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces on January 31, 1943. Howard flew combat with the 354th Fighter Group in Europe from May 1943 until early 1945, adding 6 more enemy aircraft to his credit, plus 1 probable and 2 damaged, for a total of 8.333 during World War II. He was next assigned as base commander of Pinellas Army Airfield, Florida, before leaving active duty on November 30, 1945, and entering the Air Force Reserve. He was promoted to Brigadier General in the reserves on March 22, 1948, and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on October 1, 1966. James Howard died on March 18, 1995, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

His Medal of Honor Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Oschersleben, Germany on 11 January 1944. On that day Colonel Howard was the leader of a group of P-51 aircraft providing support for a heavy bomber formation on a long range mission deep in enemy territory. As Colonel Howard’s group met the bombers in the target area the bomber force was attacked by numerous enemy fighters. Colonel Howard, with his group, at once engaged the enemy and himself destroyed a German ME. 110. As a result of this attack Colonel Howard lost contact with his group, and at once returned to the level of the bomber formation. He then saw that the bombers were being heavily attacked by enemy airplanes and that no other friendly fighters were at hand. While Colonel Howard could have waited to attempt to assemble his group before engaging the enemy, he chose instead to attack single-handed a formation of more than thirty German airplanes. With utter disregard for his own safety he immediately pressed home determined attacks for some thirty minutes, during which time he destroyed three enemy airplanes and probably destroyed and damaged others. Toward the end of this engagement three of his guns went out of action and his fuel supply was becoming dangerously low. Despite these handicaps and the almost insuperable odds against him, Colonel Howard continued his aggressive action in an attempt to protect the bombers from the numerous fighters. His skill, courage, and intrepidity on this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the Armed Forces of the United States.


#imnohero #neverforget: Patrolman Brian A. Aselton, EOW January 23, 1999


Patrolman Brian Aselton was shot and killed after responding to a noise complaint in an apartment building. After he and his backup officer checked the outside of the building but did not find any violations. The backup officer cleared the scene and Patrolman Aselton went inside to make contact with the complainant on the second floor. While making his way to the apartment he observed a male, covered in blood, exit another apartment.

Patrolman Aselton grabbed the subject who began to struggle. During the struggle the man produced a handgun that he had just stolen from the apartment and fired over his shoulder, striking Patrolman Aselton in the forehead. The suspect and a female subject then fled the scene.

The two along with another man had been involved in a home invasion robbery in which the tenant had been bound and severely beaten. Patrolman Aselton’s interruption of the robbery is credited with saving the victim’s life.

The male suspect who shot Patrolman Aselton was arrested three days later after a patrolman received a tip during a routine traffic stop. Three other suspects were also arrested a short time later and charged in connection with his murder. The shooter was charged with capital murder.

On February 8, 2003, the shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. His accomplice was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to 42 years. His female companion was sentenced to 14 years. A fourth suspect who drove the others to and from the scene was sentenced to 20 years.

Patrolman Aselton had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his parents, brother and twin sister.

Patrolman Aselton’s cousin, Patrolman Michael Aselton, of the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on March 29, 1983, during a vehicle pursuit.


#imnohero #neverforget: Robert M. Hanson, Medal of Honor


Bob Hanson was born on February 4, 1920, in Lucknow, India, to Methodist missionaries. After graduating from Hamline University in 1942, Hanson entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2d Lt on February 1, 1943, and designated a Naval Aviator at NATC Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 19, 1943. He joined VMF-214, the famous Black Sheep Squadron, in June 1943, and shot down 2 enemy aircraft before joining VMF-215 in October 1943. Lt Hanson served with VMF-215 until he was killed in action on February 3, 1944. While flying with VMF-215, Hanson was credited with another 23 aircraft destroyed in aerial combat plus 2 probables, for a total of 25 destroyed and 2 probables during World War II, all while flying F4U-1 Corsair fighters. He was posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Medal of Honor.

His Medal of Honor Citation reads:

For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as fighter pilot attached to a Marine Fighting Squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville Island, November 1, 1943, and New Britain Islands, January 24, 1944. Undeterred by fierce opposition and fearless in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant HANSON fought the Japanese boldly and with daring aggressiveness. On November 1, while flying cover for our landing operations at Empress Augusta Bay, he dauntlessly attacked six enemy torpedo bombers, forcing them to jettison their bombs and destroying one Japanese plane during the action. Cut off from his division while deep in enemy territory during a high cover flight over Simpson Harbor on January 24, First Lieutenant HANSON waged a lone and gallant battle against hostile interceptors as they were orbiting to attack our bombers and, striking with devastating fury, brought down four Zeros and probably a fifth. Handling his plane superbly in both pursuit and attack measures, he was a master of individual air combat, accounting for a total of 25 Japanese aircraft in this theater of war. His great personal valor and invincible fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.




#imnohero #neverforget: Detective Micheal Robert Doty, EOW January 17, 2018


Detective Micheal Doty succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while searching for a subject who had shot a York County Sheriff’s canine handler earlier in the night.

Deputies had originally responded to a domestic disturbance at which a man had attacked his wife before fleeing into a wooded area near his home. The man ambushed a canine officer who was attempting to locate him, wounding him. The subject also shot a law enforcement helicopter that was assisting with the search.

Following the wounding of the canine officer, a SWAT team responded to the scene to continue searching for the man in the 1400 block of South Parham Road.

The man set up a second ambush, wounding Detective Doty and two other members of the SWAT team before being shot and wounded.

Detective Doty was flown to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he died the following day.

On May 22, 2018, to avoid the death penalty, the 47-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, and several other charges. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Detective Doty served first with the York Police Department and later with the York County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.



#imnohero #neverforget: William D. Halyburton, Jr., Medal of Honor



Bill Halyburton was born on August 2, 1924, in Canton, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 4, 1943, and was trained at the Hospital Corps School at Naval Training Station Bainbridge, Maryland, receiving his rating as a Pharmacist’s Mate in 1944. After completing combat training at Camp Pendleton, California, Halyburton embarked aboard the transport ship USS General M.M. Patrick (AP-150) in December 1944 to join the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Pacific. He went ashore as a Corpsman with the Marines during the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945, and was killed in action while giving aid to an injured Marine on May 10, 1945. PM2C Halyburton was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. The guided missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG-40) was named in his honor in 1981.

His Medal of Honor Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 10 May 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counterfire as his unit pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machinegun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy’s merciless barrage, he reached the wounded marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his outstanding valor and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Halyburton sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

#neverforget #imnohero: JOSEPH WILLIAM SHINNERS,

Master Police Officer Joseph William Shinners | Provo Police Department, Utah


Master Police Officer Joseph Shinners was shot and killed in Orem, Utah while attempting to arrest a wanted fugitive at 10:00 p.m.

Investigators had received information that the wanted subject was going to be in the area of a retail store at 50 West University Parkway, in Orem. Members of the Provo Police Department and the Orem Police Department located the subject in the parking lot and attempted to take him into custody. During the arrest the man opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Shinners. The subject was also wounded in the shootout and is in custody.

Officer Shinners was transported to Utah Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds shortly before midnight.

Officer Shinners had served with the Provo Police Department for three years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Master Police Officer. He is survived by his wife and young son.


#neverforget: Trooper Anthony A. Raspa, New Jersey State Police, EOW May 30, 2015


Trooper Anthony Raspa was killed in a vehicle crash on I-195 near mile marker 9 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, at approximately 12:48 am.

His patrol car he was driving struck a deer in the travel lane, and then left the roadway and collided with a tree. He and his partner were both transported to CentraState Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Raspa had served with the New Jersey State Police for 19 months.