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MAY WE NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE...

Our agencies have lost 17 members in the line of duty. These 15 individuals made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the people of Nevada. Every current and past member of the Nevada state police agencies keeps these individuals and their families in their thoughts each and every day. 

 

 

Sergeant Michael Abbate

November 30, 2023

Sergeant Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 3:23 a.m. off Interstate 15 near D Street in Las Vegas.

Sergeant Abbate and Trooper Felix had stopped to check on a driver who appeared to be sleeping in his car. Another vehicle hit them and fled the scene. One officer died at the scene. The other officer was transported to UMC Trauma Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The subject was apprehended six hours later and was charged with two counts of each charge: reckless driving resulting in death, driving under the influence resulting in death, and duty to stop at the scene of an accident involving death.

Sergeant Abbate had served with the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Nevada Highway Patrol for almost 11 years.

Trooper Alberto Felix

November 30, 2023

Trooper Alberto Felix and Sergeant Michael Abbate were struck and killed by a drunk driver at 3:23 a.m. off Interstate 15 near D Street in Las Vegas.

Sergeant Abbate and Trooper Felix had stopped to check on a driver who appeared to be sleeping in his car. Another vehicle hit them and fled the scene. One officer died at the scene. The other officer was transported to UMC Trauma Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The subject was apprehended six hours later and was charged with two counts of each charge: reckless driving resulting in death, driving under the influence resulting in death, and duty to stop at the scene of an accident involving death.

Trooper Felix was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Nevada Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife and children.

Trooper Micah D. May

July 29, 2021

Trooper Micah May succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by a fleeing vehicle on I-15 while deploying spike strips.

Officers with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation and other troopers had chased the stolen vehicle for approximately 20 miles. Trooper May was deploying spike strips, when he was struck by the vehicle and went through the windshield. The subject was then shot and killed by other troopers as he reached for Trooper May’s service weapon. Trooper May succumbed to his injuries on July 29th, 2021.

Trooper May had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, two children, his parents and two brothers.

Sergeant Ben Jenkins

March 27, 2020

Sergeant Ben Jenkins was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist on US-93 near mile marker 106 in White Pine County.

Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years. He had previously served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and with the Nevada Division of Forestry.

He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and mother.

Trooper Kara M. Kelly-Borgognone

February 28, 2008

Trooper Kara Kelly-Borgognone succumbed to injuries she sustained in a vehicle crash while responding to a call involving a possible bomb at a local gas station four days earlier.

Trooper Kelly-Borgognone had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for two years and had previously served with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation for eight years. During her time with the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation, she was the first parole officer to be awarded the Medal of Valor.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, parents, and three siblings.

Sergeant George D. Sullivan

January 13, 1998

Sergeant George Sullivan was found beaten to death next to his patrol car near an information kiosk on Center Street. Sergeant Sullivan was ambushed by a man who held a hatred for law enforcement officers. The man attacked him with a hatchet, fatally wounding him.

Sergeant Sullivan had served with the University of Nevada Reno Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal John C. Dorff

May 30, 1995

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal John Dorff died as the result of cancer he developed after responding to investigate a fire at a mine storage facility. He was exposed to hazardous materials including high levels of benzene. In 1994, Deputy Dorff was diagnosed with leukemia and died due to the disease on May 30, 1995.

Chief Deputy Dorff was a U.S. Army veteran. He had previously served with the Burbank Police Department, California, and the Carson City Juvenile Justice Center. He is survived by his wife, son, mother, brother, and sister.

Trooper Carlos Jose Juan Borland

December 1, 1993

Trooper Carlos Borland was shot and killed when he stopped a car on I-80, two miles east of Lovelock, Nevada, whose driver was wanted for not paying for gasoline. Unbeknownst to Trooper Borland, the suspect had recently murdered two people in Texas and the vehicle was stolen.

Trooper Borland had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for one year.

Trooper Daniel Mark Garcia Peterson

June 18, 1992

Trooper Peterson died from injuries he sustained 13 days prior when he was struck by a drunk driver on I-80, west of Sparks Boulevard, as he was walking to a tractor-trailer he had pulled over.

Trooper Peterson served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for four years.

Agent Ronald P. Chelius

March 13, 1979

Agent Ronald Chelius was shot and killed in Sacramento, California, while participating in an undercover drug purchase.

Agent Chelius had served with the Nevada Division of Investigation and Narcotics for six years and had previously served with the Carson City Sheriff’s Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Trooper Gary V. Gifford

October 14, 1975

Trooper Gary Gifford was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on a bank robbery suspect on US 50, at Cave Rock.

Trooper Gifford was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for six years and had served a short time as chief of the Fallon Police Department.  He was survived by his son, parents, and sister.

Agent Ronald E. Haskell

January 4, 1975

Agent Ronald Haskell succumbed to injuries sustained six years earlier when he was severely beaten while on an undercover assignment.

He had served with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and child.

Police Officer Thomas A. Burner

December 6, 1968

Police Officer Thomas Burner was killed in an automobile accident on US Highway 95, near Coaldale Junction, while returning to Reno from a police teletype seminar in Tonopah.

Officer Burner had served with the University of Nevada Reno Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, three children, and seven brothers.

Trooper Robert R. McGuire

May 16, 1961

Trooper Robert McGuire was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver who was driving on the wrong side of a divided highway south of Las Vegas. Trooper McGuire was responding to an emergency call at the time the collision occurred.

Trooper McGuire was with the Nevada Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

Sergeant George C. Chandler

January 31, 1948

Sergeant George Chandler was killed in an automobile crash when his patrol car was broadsided by a passenger bus as he made a U-turn on Highway 40 (modern day I-80) west of Reno, Nevada.

Sergeant Chandler had served with the Nevada State Police for six months and had previously served with the Reno Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two children

Private Frank J. McManus

April 19, 1941

Private Frank McManus was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to overtake a tractor trailer on US Highway 93 near McGill, Nevada.

Private McManus had served with the Nevada State Police for one year.

Deputy Edward E. Hogle

February 26, 1911

Deputy Edward Hogle was shot and killed as he rode with a posse who were tracking a group of Indians suspected of murdering four ranchers in Washoe County.

The posse located the Indians near Golconda, about forty miles east of Winnemucca. A prolonged shootout ensued in which Deputy Hogle and eight of the Indians were killed. Deputy Hogle had been deputized by the superintendent of the Nevada State Police, in Eagleville, who was in charge of the posse.

He was survived by his mother and fiancee. He is reported to be buried at the Anderson District Cemetery in Anderson, California.

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