He was a Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy… killed in Saudi Arabia.

Over the weekend, Army Spc. Clayton James Horne, who was also an Army Reserve military policeman, was killed after falling off a tower while deployed to Saudi Arabia, Army and law enforcement officials said.

The 23-year-old died Saturday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh from wounds that he sustained in a noncombat incident.  That’s according to an Army news release.

The young man was deployed with the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion.  That group has been working in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military’s anti-Islamic State mission.

Army officials haven’t released any additional information about Horne’s death, saying it was under investigation.

It was Horne’s other employer, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, which said he had fallen to his death from a tower while overseas.

Horne was a sheriff’s deputy in the central Louisiana parish.  That district includes his hometown of Atlanta. The agency says he joined the force after graduating from the police academy in nearby Alexandria, La., in November 2018.

According to Winn’s Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Horne as a good person who was dedicated to serving others.

“Clayton was an excellent deputy and I was looking forward to him completing his tour and returning to work at the sheriff’s office,” Jordan said. “Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this most difficult time.”

According to friends and family members who posted on the Winn Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, Horne was engaged.

Before joining the service, he worked as an assistant boys basketball coach at the high school from which he graduated, Louisiana’s Atlanta High School.

The school’s former head coach, Tyler Johnson, publicly posted on Facebook about how much Horne had impacted his life.

“When I asked you to be my assistant coach a little over [three] years ago, I was hoping to gain someone who could help me out a little here and there,” Johnson wrote. “While that did happen, in the process, I also gained a brother and another family.”

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Also today, we learned that a police officer from Chicago has died after sustaining injuries from a vehicle crash on Sunday.

Authorities confirmed that Cook County officer Ronald Prohaska was off-duty when he stopped to help a motorist whose vehicle was experiencing engine trouble and had stalled on the side of the road. True to the ‘service above self’ mentality of a police officer, Prohaska began doing what he could to get the vehicle running. 

NBC 5 Chicago reported that the crash occurred shortly after he pulled off to the side, just before 4 p.m. on the Illinois River Bridge. 

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Officer Ronald Prohaska was 50-years-old. (Cook County Sheriff/Flickr)

 

As Prohaska worked under the hood on the engine, a driver that was going too fast slammed into the back of officer’s vehicle, forcing that vehicle into the car that the officer was working on. 

Police say that the stalled vehicle burst into flames and continued to burn as the fire spread to the other vehicles. 

Officer Prohaska was quickly airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital, but attempted life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Prohaska was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say that multiple other motorists were injured in the wreck and were transported to Morris Hospital. They confirmed that 7-year-old child was among those hospitalized, but other patients have since been treated and released. 

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Authorities identified the driver of the third vehicle as Matthew Taylor. He was cited for failure to reduce speed. Police said there may be additional charges and Taylor is expected back in court on Sept. 20.

According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, traffic in both directions on Illinois Route 47 was prevented from going over the bridge after the crash. The bridge remained closed for several hours while emergency crews worked to clear the damage and tend to injured motorists.

 

Officers expressed their condolences and asked for prayers for the grieving family.

“Our hearts are broken and our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” the Cook County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. 

Officer Ronald Prohaska was 50-years-old. 

“Officer Prohaska started at the Sheriff’s Office as a correctional officer in 1994 and joined Sheriff’s Police in August of 2004. He most recently served in the fugitive warrants unit,” Cook County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

 

Rest in peace, brother. We’ve got it from here. 

 

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