Officer Quickfire Recap: Third Week of January

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis.

Because of this, the Officer.com staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (Jan. 17-19)

A U.S. Capitol Police sergeant died Friday after collapsing while protecting the halls of Congress.

A memorial service for Sgt. Clinton J. Holtz is planned for Feb. 5 at the Riva Trace Baptist Church in Anne Arundel County, Md.

Video showed three Albuquerque, N.M. police officers rescue a woman from a burning car on Sunday after it crashed into a pole at a middle school.

Officers John Cervantes and Salvador Hurtado and Sgt. Mark Valarde pulled Kelly Atsye from the fiery wreck.

A Bradenton, Fla. talked about a rescue of his own that he made on Jan. 12 after encountering a suicidal woman on a bridge.

Sgt. Anthony "Tony" Cerniglia says he yelled to the woman: "It can't be that bad. Come here and give me a hug!" She then reached for his hand before falling into his arms.

Monday (Jan. 20)

A deadly shooting at a grocery store in Elkhart, Ind. last week could have been much worse if not for the quick actions of two police officers.

The instant response by officers Cody Skipper and Jason Tripp displayed training that has become commonplace since the 1999 Columbine shootings.

The Fullerton, Calif. Police Chief Dan Hughes said he would fight an appeal from an officer acquitted in the death of Kelly Thomas to get his job back.

Jay Cicinelli was fired after being charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force in the 2011 death of the mentally ill homeless man.

Montgomery County, Md. Police released 911 calls related to the deaths of two children attributed to two women who believed they were performing an exorcism.

Police arrested Monifa Sanford and Zakieya Latrice Avery in the killings of two children, ages 1 and 2.

Freeland, Pa. police arrested a man less than two hours after taunting them on Facebook.

Police officials say Anthony Lescowitch shared a wanted photo of himself, which they then posted on the department Facebook page before nabbing him.

Tuesday (Jan. 21)

A mission by BART police to gather evidence at a robbery suspect's apartment in Dublin, Calif. took a traffic turn when one of the officers was fatally shot by another.

Officials said that Sgt. Tom Smith was killed by friendly fire after a fellow officer forced entry into the home and accidentally shot him.

A member of the Puerto Rico Police Department's Mayag├╝ez Drugs Division died seven days after being attacked during an investigation.

Agent Carlos Rivera Vega was at the Concordia Public Housing complex on Jan. 14 when a man walked began questioning why the officers were there and pulled out a gun and shot Vega.

Central American immigrants crossing into the United States illegally in South Texas drove an increase in Border Patrol apprehensions last year.

Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed that 420,789 apprehensions were made, which is a 16 percent increase from the previous year but still 42 percent below 2008.

Wednesday (Jan. 22)

A Mexican national was executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer 10 years ago.

Despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government, Edgar Tamayo received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis.

According to a report, minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

The gunman killed a security screener and wounded three other people.

Authorities were seeking answers after a 23-year-old opened fire in a basement classroom on the campus of Purdue University.

Police say Cody Cousins shot Andrew Boldt inside the school's Electrical Engineering Building on Tuesday.

Thursday (Jan. 23)

A Washita County, Okla. undersheriff and a Burns Flat police officer died when their vehicles crashed into each other during a high-speed pursuit.

Undersheriff Brian Beck and Officer Kristian Willhight were chasing Quentin Lee Johnson, who was killed in a separate crash minutes earlier when he drove his vehicle off the road and into an embankment.

An autopsy found that a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who was mistakenly shot by a partner during a probation search was killed by a single bullet to the chest that missed his protective vest.

Further details of the shooting will not be released until Dublin Police Services completes an investigation.

The Davie County, N.C. sheriff revealed that he accidentally shot a deputy during a standoff in which a K-9 was killed Wednesday night.

Sheriff Andy Stokes said he tried to give Deputy Chris Fleming cover after the suspect opened fire on the deputy and his dog.

Friday (Jan. 24)

The New York Police Department will be watching fans closely next week as they fill the city's streets as part of Super Bowl festivities.

The NYPD quietly installed about 200 temporary surveillance cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along "Super Bowl Boulevard."

Police in Georgetown, Ky. offered residents hampered by the icy roads a little something extra this week.

Through its Facebook page, the department advertised the use of surplus military vehicles it had on hand to offer emergency transport services for shut-ins.

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