Family of a police officer killed in the line of duty this year loses home, all belongings in fire

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MAKANDA, IL – The family of a fallen officer, still dealing with his loss, is now facing the loss of the family home due to a residential fire.

Christmas time is supposed to be filled with family and joy, not sadness and tragedy. However, that is seemingly the case of fallen Brooklyn Police Officer Brian Pierce Jr.’s family after they lost their house just days before Christmas.

In the early morning hours of December 23rd, the officer’s father, Brian Pierce Sr. awoke to realize that the family home was engulfed in flames.

Saving the house was not an option but saving the people inside was, and that is exactly what he did by waking up every member of the house and getting them outside to safety.

According to the family, they believe an electrical issue of some type sparked the fire.

As the six members of the Pierce family stood outside, they realized they were not only watching the house burn, but also all of Officer Pierce’s belongings and mementos. The officer’s mother, Tammy Pierce, said:

“The house was completely gone. Already, we were going to face our first Christmas without him was hard enough. All his belongings are also gone now.”

Tammy noted that she did not remember much about the fire, only vividly remembers her husband pushing her to safety. She said:

“All I really remember is him pushing me out the door and seeing how lit up the living room was.”

Officer Pierce’s sister, who was also in the house, spoke about the loss of both her brother and the family home. She said:

“It’s traumatic not only waking up to no house, and not being able to be together in a living room, but my brother’s gone too. It’s very hard.”

Thankfully, the Pierce family reports that the community have rallied to support them during this difficult time.

They are not only providing financial assistance, but also making sure that the family has meals and clothing at the hotel they are forced to stay at for the holidays.

Financial donations can also be made by members of the public by utilizing CashApp and Venmo. For those wishing to donate, CashApp is $AlexisCastro0305 and Venmo is @Waykaymommy.

Brooklyn Police Officer Pierce was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of August 4th.

Officer Pierce was laying out spike strips to stop a fleeing driver who had been running from police regarding an unknown incident at a local bar.

After Officer Pierce threw the stop sticks, the suspect in that case, Caleb Campbell, allegedly drove the Charger he was in and ran over the officer as he was trying to get away. Officer Pierce died at the scene and Campbell continued fleeing.

Shortly after killing Officer Pierce, Campbell allegedly continued fleeing and abandoned the Charger he was driving in Mississippi. He was on the run for over two weeks before police were able to track him down to a family member’s residence.

Campbell was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, reckless homicide, aggravated fleeing a police officer, failure to report an accident involving a personal injury or death and failure to stop after having an accident involving personal injury or death.

Campbell was formally indicted on all these counts in September of 2021.

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Got him! Police K9 catches suspect who they say attempted to run over an officer

HILLSBORO, OR –  A 28-year-old man accused of trying to run over an officer was arrested following a pursuit and K-9 track in Hillsboro early Saturday morning, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

 

A Hillsboro police officer used the LoJack tracking system in his patrol car to locate the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex just after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

The officer checked the car and found it occupied by Travis Johnson. Johnson then backed the vehicle up and struck the officer’s patrol car and attempted to run over the officer, according to police.

Johnson fled in the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. Officers chased after Johnson, using spike strips on the stolen car twice and using a PIT maneuver to ultimately bring the suspect to a stop, according to authorities.

Johnson ran from the vehicle into thick brush with officers following. Several officers received minor injuries from the thick brush while chasing Johnson.

Hillsboro police called in K-9 officer Tuco, who was able to locate and take down the fleeing suspect.

Johnson is being held in the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, third-degree attempted assault, attempt to elude, first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and second-degree attempted assault.

LoJack is a stolen vehicle recovery system that is designed specifically to allow law enforcement to locate and recover stolen vehicles. The LoJack website explains:

“LoJack uses a proven and proprietary GPS-based technology for the recovery of stolen vehicles as well as other vehicle location services.

When a vehicle equipped with LoJack is stolen, the first step is to have the vehicle’s owner alert local law enforcement.

“Once officers record the theft and provide the owner with a police report, the owner can contact the LoJack recovery team who will work directly with local law enforcement to locate the stolen vehicle.”

 

DJ Thompson, Senior Director of Law Enforcement for LoJack, said that the joint venture between law enforcement and LoJack leads to safer communities:

“LoJack is proud to work with law enforcement agencies across the country to help protect and promote the safety of our communities.”

K-9 officer Tuco joined the department in December 2020. According to the Hillsboro Police Department Facebook page, Tuco and his handler, Officer Ricky Ruelas, graduated from K-9 school consisting of 250 hours of in-class training. They then passed the Oregon K-9 Association Performance Standards.

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