Officer Quickfire Recap: Fourth 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. 24-26)

A veteran Jefferson County, Colo. motorcycle deputy was killed in a head-on crash Sunday morning.

Officials said that Sgt. David Baldwin was traveling on Route 93 when the driver of a Saturn SUV tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone before striking the deputy's motorcycle.

A man carrying a shotgun opened fire at a shopping mall in Columbia, Md. on Saturday, killing two employees of a skate shop before turning the gun on himself.

Police say 19-year-old Marcus Aguilar killed the two employees in the Zumiez store on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia.

A Florida judge last week enacted a policy barring law enforcement officers from wearing their uniforms or other insignia while watching the trial of an alleged cop-killer.

Brandon Bradley is accused of fatally shooting Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill on March 6, 2012.

A Chicago police officer rescued an elderly woman by throwing her over his back and carrying her down the stairs during an extra-alarm fire Sunday night.

The blaze left the building destroyed after starting around 8 p.m. in a restaurant on the first floor of a two-story building that has apartments on the second floor.

Monday (Jan. 27)

An officer in Massachusetts made a fire rescue of his own, carrying a man down the stairs and out to safety.

Lawrence Police Officer Carl Farrington rescued the man after the victim's father was able to drag the man out of the bedroom to him.

Mexico legalized vigilante groups, which have become a growing force in the country.

The government reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into the Rural Defense Corps.

The Oakland Police Department is seeing a turnaround after it entered 2013 in defensive mode.

Year-end data shows that homicides declined by nearly 30 percent to the lowest level since 2002.

Tuesday (Jan. 28)

A Pittsburgh police dog was stabbed in the back while trying to apprehend a wanted man.

K-9 Rocco died two days after the incident, undergoing numerous surgeries at an animal hospital as police officers stood vigil.

Los Angeles police officers are being trained to use combat-style trauma kits to help victims of gunshot wounds and other emergencies.

The Los Angeles Police Foundation helped raise funds to get 8,000 trauma kits issued to officers.

A Sandy Springs, Ga. police officer helped deliver a baby on the highway as snow and ice brought traffic to a halt.

Officer Tim Sheffield and the baby's father helped deliver the child inside a car on I-295.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper shared his heartache after losing his K-9 partner in a letter posted on the agency's Facebook page.

Trooper Christopher Coscia and K-9 Dante spent nine years together before the dog had to be euthanized.

Wednesday (Jan. 29)

A drunken driver who struck a Massachusetts State Police trooper's vehicle in 2003, which led to her death in 2011, was given 500 hours of community service and three years' probation by a judge.

The crash left Trooper Ellen Engelhardt in a coma and later in a specialized care facility, paralyzed and with a traumatic brain injury before her death.

A Hernando County, Fla. Sheriff's deputy who pulled a man from a burning home Tuesday talked about the rescue and said that he was just doing his job.

Deputy James Devorak was the first to arrive at the home and said he relied on sound and touch to find the victim.

Santa Ana, Calif. police officers serving a warrant at a home discovered plastic bins stacked to the ceiling containing more than 400 live and dead pythons.

The smell coming from the residence was bad enough to send veteran investigators gasping for air.

Thursday (Jan. 30)

A veteran Utah County, Utah Sheriff's sergeant was killed and a deputy was critically wounded by a suspect.

Sgt. Cory Wride was ambushed while attempting to help a person he thought was a stranded motorist. Deputy Greg Sherwood was injured in a separate shooting involving the suspected gunman and was listed in critical condition.

Officers in Petersburg, Va. are mourning the death of a police dog that died of injuries sustained during a training demonstration.

Officials said that K-9 Jager was demonstrating a pursuit situation before being injured in a fall.

Federal prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others on April 15, 2013.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is seeking to drop an appeal of a judge's decision ordering major reforms to the NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" policy.

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled last year that the police department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics when stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people on the street.

Friday (Jan. 31)

Despite no specific terror threats, security is expected to be tight in both New Jersey and New York City ahead of the Super Bowl.

Federal and local authorities have studied intelligence about recent attacks on mass transit in Russia and are keeping an eye on events around the world.

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