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Chaplain Tamia Dow

I am the Chaplain of the IAWP, a life member (since 1996) serving as Chaplain since 2006. The IAWP is an international organization representing many diverse religions and belief systems. My mission is to provide spiritual guidance to the membership of the IAWP.

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IAWP

Memorial

Remembrance

Welcome to the IAWP Memorial section. Please take some time to read about the brave women and pioneers that have paved the way and some given their lives for the rights we enjoy as women in law enforcement worldwide. (Also included are our supportive male members).

Say a prayer for their family and loved ones and/or leave an encouraging message.

Though their life force has been extinguished their legacies live on through us as we celebrate the life they lived.


2017

Female Law Enforcement Officer Line of Duty Deaths

2017

Female Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

2017

Meggan Lee Callahan

Sergeant, North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina US
EOW: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sergeant Callahan died after being assaulted at the Bertie Correctional Institution. She was attacked by a male inmate who was serving a life sentence for a previous murder.


.Officer Down Memorial Page

.News Article

 

Elaine McIver, Detective Constable Cheshire Police, Organized Crime Unit, Cheshire UK

 

Detective McIver lost her life at a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 in the terrorist bombing.

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

.News Article

.News Article 

  Nagwa Abdel-Aleen
Officer, Egyptian Police Force

EOW: April 09, 2017

Police Officer Nagwa Abdel-Aleem has lost her life at the bombing of St. Mark’s church in Alexandria on Sunday becoming the first female victim from the Egyptian police. The 55-year-old police officer reportedly lost one of her two sons who was also an officer. Abdel-Aleem’s husband is a lieutenant in Al-Beheira governorate.

The bomb detonation left at least 16 killed and 40 injured, according to the Health Ministry.

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

June Murphy
Lieutenant, Brookline Police Department, Massachusetts US

Lieutenant Murphy passed away at home unexpectedly on May 12, 2017

 

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

.MAWLE Bereavement Notice

.Online Obituary

Deborah Clayton

Master Sergeant
Orlando Police Department, Florida USA
EOW: January 9, 2017

Master Sergeant Deborah Clayton was shot and killed when she encountered a wanted murder suspect in the parking lot of a Walmart at the intersection of Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Shana Tedder
Corrections Officer, Texas Department of Criminal Justice USA

EOW: June 9, 2017

Passed away after a physical altercation with an inmate.

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

.Office Down Memorial Page
 

     
 
 
2016

Female Law Enforcement Officer Line of Duty Deaths

2016

Female Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

2016

Officer Ashley Guindon
Prince William County (VA) Police Department USA
EOW: February 27, 2016

Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute call. Two other officers were also shot and wounded. The suspect was arrested at the scene. Officer Guindon had been sworn in the previous day and was working her first shift as a Prince William County Police Officer.
 

Bernadette Gillian Nicholas
Corporal, Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda
Passed away unexpectedly on 12th February 2016


Corporal Nicholas enlisted in the Force in November 1989. She worked in several departments including the High Court where she worked on the day of her death.
Funeral Information:
The Thanksgiving Service will be held on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at St. Philip’s Anglican Church at 1:30pm. Viewing of the body will be at Barnes Funeral Home at 11:00am and the cortège will leave for the church at 12:30pm.

Police Officer Susan Farrell | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Officer Susan Farrell
Des Moines Iowa Police Department USA

EOW: March 26, 2016

Police Officer Susan Farrell and Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way driver March 26, 2016.

     

Police Officer Natasha Hunter
New Orleans Police Department
USA
EOW: June 7, 2016

 

Police Officer Natasha Hunter died when her police cruiser was struck by a drunk driver. Officer Hunter was blocking traffic for another officer who was conducting an accident investigation.

     
         

July 2016:  The IAWP stands with our colleagues of the Dallas Police Department (Texas USA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) holding the families, friends and colleagues of Officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Brent Thompson, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens and Sergeant Michael Smith in our daily thoughts and prayers as they prepare to lay these fallen heroes to rest.   Funeral Schedules  |  Chaplain Dow Memoriam Notice

 
 
2015

Female Law Enforcement Officer Line of Duty Deaths

2015

Female Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

2015

Officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe
Police France
EOW January 8, 2015

. News Article

. News Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

Police Officer Becci Dadswell
Warrington UK Central Neighbourhood Policing Unit

Died suddenly January 5, 2015

. News Article

. News Article

IAWP Bereavement Notice

Police Officer Kerri Orozco
Omaha Police Department (USA)

Cause of death - Line of Duty criminal gunfire
End of Watch: May 20, 2015
. Officer Down Webpage

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

Police Officer Alecia Yount
Madison Mississippi PD USA
Died suddenly January 22, 2015

News Article

IAWP Bereavement Notice

Sergeant Iris Smith
Mississippi Department of Corrections (USA)
Cause of death - Line of Duty vehicle accident
End of Watch : May 26, 2015
. Officer Down Webpage

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

Sgt. Kim Hall
Revelstoke RCMP
Passed away on January 12, 2015 after experiencing a stroke.

. News Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

Sergeant Peggy Vassallo
Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, Missouri (USA)

Cause of death: Struck by car while enroute to work

End of Watch : August 24, 2015

. Officer Down Webpage

. Online Tributes

. News Article

 

Assistant Superintendent Loveness Kakeme Kayunga
Zambian Police Force

Passed away on January 13, 2015, from malaria.

. UN and IAWP Bereavement Notice

. Loveness in a Blog

Trooper Jamie Lynn Jursevics
Colorado State Patrol

Struck and killed by a drunk driver while she was investigating a minor crash on November 15, 2015

.Officer Down Webpage

 

 
Rita Gross-Nelson
Officer in Yonkers New York Police Department (Retired)

Passed away January 28, 2015 after battling cancer. Rita was the first Black female police officer hired by Yonkers PD.

.News Article

.Online Obituary

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

Police Officer Stacy Case
Columbia Police Department, South Carolina

Died in a vehicle crash when responding to a call of shots fired.

 

.Officer Down Webpage

 

Donna M. Sturgess
Superintendent, Assistant District Officer (Crime & Support), South Brisbane District, Queensland Police Service Australia

Passed away February 7, 2015 after suffering from leukemia.

.News Article

.Queensland Police Notice

.IAWP Bereavement Notice
 

     

Kate Walsh
Police Officer, Sanford Police Department (Florida)

Passed away suddenly on February 16, 2015.

.Heroes Memorial Foundation

.Facebook Commemorations

.Link to Online Obituary

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Louise Lucas
Sergeant, Swansea South Wales Police (UK)
Tragically hit by a bus and passed away March 31, 2015

.News Article

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Rae Marie Warner Odoms
Police Officer, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (US) Police Department (retired)

Rae was a police pioneer. She is credited as the first black female Philadelphia Police Officer.  She joined the Philly PD in 1970.

Died of natural causes on April 2, 2015, at 78.

.News Article

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

 

     

Elizabeth L. "Bette" Welch
Bureau Chief, Bureau of Identification, New Jersey State Police (NJSP Retired Captain)
West Trenton, New Jersey (US)
Passed away March 13, 2015, while in Mount Holly Hospice Center. She was a member of the first all-female academy class of the NJSP in 1980.

.Article

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

.Link to Online Obituary

.Link to Family's Blog "Team Bette" for Commemorations

     

Police Constable Jane Robinson (UK)
Cause of death - Short illness

. Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Alexandria Irene Magness
Chief Deputy (Retired) Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (USA)
Life Member of Northern California Peace Officers Association (NCPOA)

Died May 10, 2015

. Obituary

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Chief Carol Mehrling
Montgomery County Maryland (USA)
First female Chief of the second largest police agency in the U.S.

. Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Police Officer Lillian Strand
Erie Police Department (USA)
Erie's first female police officer. She joined the Police Department in 1958 and retired in 1988.

. Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Police Officer Thelma Harris
Miami-Dade Police Officer (Florida, USA)
Thelma was Miami-Dade's first black female officer. She was very well educated holding a Master's Degree in Human Resources and was nicknamed "Officer Friendly".

. Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Alice Bachison
Yakima Police Department (Washington, USA)
Alice joined her agency in 1951 as their first female officer and was a strong advocate for police women on her agency. She retired in 1983 yet still remained a presence and voice for the women of her agency.

. Article

. IAWP Bereavement Notice

     

Susie Marie Wood
Deputy Polk County Sheriff Department

Died of cancer at age 45.

.Article

.Heroes Website

     

Rachel B. Stuhlmiller

Deputy, Mason County Sheriff

Shelton Washington USA

Died of a motorcycle accident while on the way to work on August 11.  She was just sworn in on May 1.

.Article

     

Catherine Campbell
Police Constable

Truro Police Nova Scotia Canada

Suspicious death September 10.

.Article

     

Diane Marie Mueller

Miami University Police
Former IAWP Regional Coordinator for Region 6

Deceased November 18, 2015

.IAWP Bereavement Notice

.Online Obituary

.View/Sign Family Guestbook

     

Diane Digiacomo
Brooklyn New York ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officer & 9/11 Responder
Deceased November 20, 2015 due to cancer contracted by extended exposure to toxins at the WTC attacks September 11, 2001.

.Article
.Article

.Online Obituary

     

Officer Wanda Johnson-Jenkins
Horry County South Carolina Sheriff's Office

Died November 11 from multiple strokes from illness.

 

.Article

.Online Obituary

 

     

Yvette Molina
Retired Police Officer New York Police Department

Died November 26, 2015 killed by a hit and run driver.

.Article

         

 

2014

Female Law Enforcement Officer Line of Duty Deaths

Since IAWP 2013 Durban

Female Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

Since IAWP 2013 Durban

Constable Kirsty Nellis
Police Scotland
EOW December 1, 2013

. News Article

. Memorial Facebook Site

 

Sergeant Griselde Camacho
CUNY Public Safety Officer at Hunter College, USA
March 12, 2014
Died in an explosion

. Memorial Facebook Site

Constable Rozelle Witbooi
South African Police Service
EOW February 13, 2014

. SAPS Memorial Page

 

Detective Constable Sharon Garrett
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
June 6, 2014
Died in a car accident

. News Article

Correctional Officer Amanda Baker
Scotts Bluff County Department
Nebraska, USA
February 16, 2014

. Obituary

. Officer Down Memorial Page

 

Officer Laura Perez
Escondido Police Department
July 23, 2014
Murdered by her husband

. News Article

 

Trooper Chelsea Richard
Florida Highway Patrol, USA
EOW May 3, 2014
 

. Officer Down Memorial Page

 

Officer Margaret "Maggie" Gilkes
Calgary Police Force
(First policewomen) passed away at 97 July 31, 2014

. News Article

. Obituary

 

Police Constable Rhianydd Hitchcock
Scottish Police Federation
EOW May 31, 2014

. News Article
 

 

Juvenile Detective Carolyn Jean Carlon
Reno Nevada Police Department
(First female police officer in the State of Nevada) passed away at 89 October 9, 2014

. News Article

. Obituary

Constable Zethu Cele
South African Police Service
EOW August 16, 2014

. SAPS News Release

 

 

Detective Vera H. Fernandes
Peoria Police Department
passed away at home on December 4, 2014

. Obituary

. Family's Online Guest Book

. Chaplain Dow Notice

Jessica Hollis
Sr. Deputy Sheriff
Travis County Sheriff's Office
Texas, USA
EOW September 19, 2014

. Officer Down Memorial Page

. News Article

. Family's Online Guest Book

 

AC Mary Azu-Egbeyemi

Assistant Commissioner of Police Nigeria

IAWP Member passed away November 17, 2014

IAWP Chaplain Notice

IAWP Bereavement Notice

         
   

2015

 
Chatsworth Georgia US - Barbara Ruth Hayes, beloved mother of Gale Buckner, past President and member of the IAWP Board of Trustees Webpage

 

Trinidad and Tobago - Roland Duncan, beloved husband of Ann Duncan, long time IAWP Regional Coordinator, August 2014  PDF
   

2013

Scotland UK - PC Kirsty Nelis, Scotland Police Force, December 2013  PDF
Helmand Province Afghanistan - Lt. Isla Bibi (July 2013) and Lt. Nigar, September 2013  PDF
Devon UK - Pioneering policewoman Joan Squire. One of Devon's first policewomen has died at age 95. Joan Squire, who served with the police in Teignmouth for 18 years, was the third woman to sign up to the constabulary on July 4, 1947, September 2013 Webpage
Ontario Canada - Constable Jessie Stoneman, Hamilton Police Service (retired), June 2013  PDF
Wrightsville GA US - Deputy Khristal Wright, Johnson County Sheriffs Office, March 2013 PDF
Ontario Canada - Constable Jennifer Kovach, Guelph Police Service, March 2013 PDF
Santa Cruz CA US - Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, Santa Cruz Police Department, February 2013 PDF
Chicago IL US - Police Officer Shaundra Bond, Chicago Police Department, February 2013 PDF
Morristown NJ US - IAWP Life Member and LE Pioneer Margaret "Marge" Woodward Matrisciano, Morris county Sheriff's Department, February 2013 PDF
Northern Ireland UK - Police Constable Philippa Reynolds, Police Service of Northern Ireland, February 2013 PDF
Buffalo NY US - Police Officer Patricia Parete, Buffalo Police Department, February 2013 PDF
   

2012

 
Chattanooga TN US - Malcolm Tarver Buckner, beloved father of IAWP Board of Trustees and Past IAWP President Gale Buckner, November 2012 Webpage
Trinidad and Tobago - Constable Kevin McMillan, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, son of IAWP Member Retired Senior Superintendent Christie McMillan, Trinidad and Tobago Police Department, November 2012 PDF
Camden England UK - Detective Adele Cashman, Met Police, November 2012 Webpage
Cleveland Ohio US - Police Officer Marcia Figueroa, Cleveland Ohio Police Department, November 2012 Webpage
US - Jean J. Brunzell and Betty Mulholland, beloved mothers of IAWP Board of Directors Juliann Brunzell, Board of Trustees, and Fabian Brown, Region 10 Coordinator, October 2012 PDF
Quebec Canada - Constable Katia Hadouchi, Quebec Provincial Police, September 2012 Webpage
Colorado US - Sergeant Mary K. Ricard, Colorado Department of Corrections, September 2012 Webpage
Greater Manchester UK - Police Constable Fiona Bone and Police Constable Nicola Hughes, Greater Manchester Police Department, September 2012 Webpage
Denver Colorado US - Police Officer Celena Hollis, Denver Police Department, June 2012 Webpage
Sacramento California US - Seargent Teresa "Terri" Collentine, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, IAWP past Chair Nominations Committee, May 2012 Webpage
   

2011

Wright Indiana US - Police Officer Donna Hillier Wright, Hammond Indiana Police Department, IAWP Board of Directors, September 2011 Webpage
   

2010

 

Trinidad and Tobago - Constable Ann Duncan, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, long-time IAWP Region 17 Coordinator, May 2010 Webpage
Vadnais Heights Minnesota US - Jeffry D. Bailey, beloved son of IAWP Board of Trustees and IAWP Past President Carolen Bailey, May 2010 Webpage
   

2009

Indianapolis Indiana US - Police Officer Elizabeth Robinson, Indianapolis Police Department, first Female Patrol Officer in the Nation, April 2009 PDF