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Monday, October 23, 2006

2 Fairfield Officers Down

Fairfield Police Department

Two Fairfield Police Officers were shot while responding to a call in the 5400 block of Avenue H in Fairfield this morning. Both were transported to University Hospital.

Officer Mary Smith lost her life in the line of duty. Officer Smith had just retired from the Birmingham Police Department's West Precinct after a 21 year career. She had been with Fairfield Police Department for about 2 months. There has been nothing but praise for her life and career.

Officer Erick Burpo, also a Marine, had surgery for gunshot wounds he received to the leg. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Please remember Officer Erick Burpo in your prayers, as well as, Officer Smith's soul and both of the Officers' families and fellow Officers.

God rest her soul. She will be missed.

Funeral arrangements have been tentatively made for this Friday at 12 Noon.

New Bethlehem Baptist Church
1730 11th Ave North
Bessemer, AL (map)

Video of the hunt for suspects.

Scene of the shooting...




Fairfield Police Officer's car...




Fairfield Police Officer's car...




The two Fairfield Police Officer's cars...




ABI Officers...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Birmingham Police TAC Officer looking for the suspects...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Police and TAC Officers from various agencies...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




Birmingham Police TAC Team...




First person brought in for questioning...




TAC Officers staging near the scene...




Birmingham Police TAC Team staging near the scene...




TAC Officers staging near the scene...




Second person brought in for questioning...




Jefferson County S.O. SWAT...




Jefferson County S.O. SWAT protecting a school...




Jefferson County S.O. Helo : Star 1...




Unknown PD...




Fairfield Police Department...




Jefferson County Commission President Larry Langford...

9 Comments:

At 10/23/2006 02:41:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

lifesaver did not transport.

birmingham fire & rescue 16 transported female officer and amr ambulance transported male officer

our thoughts and prayers go out to both family and department family

 
At 10/23/2006 03:57:00 PM , Blogger EMS Action said...

LifeSaver was dispatched and was told to land at Miles College. They did make it to the scene and circled in the air but the Officers were transported by ground.

 
At 10/24/2006 02:55:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the Angels of God wrap their mighty wings around Officer Smith. I did not know her personally but her loss is felt by all of us in the law enforcement family. Remember to keep Officer Smith's daughter in your prayers tonight. I thank God that at the end of my shift yesterday, my guys all went home safely. I will also remember the dispatchers who were on duty when this terrible tragedy occurred. They feel the terrible pain, too.

 
At 10/25/2006 07:45:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Mary Smith Kept me from being kicked out of school in I was go to Lee Elementary school

 
At 10/26/2006 08:20:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a great police officer and a great person. Mary will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace.

 
At 10/27/2006 08:42:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know her, but my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

 
At 12/02/2006 02:22:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know her but I was really touched by the whole thing and I think that he should get life in prison for the murder because one thing about it he can not run from GOD.

 
At 3/22/2007 02:27:00 PM , Anonymous Jared Johnson said...

I believe that when I was a minor my mom called Birmingham swveral times, and every time Officer Smith came out.She was actually the beat officer for my little piece of Powderly. I feel sorry that this has happened.

Jared Johnson

 
At 3/22/2007 02:29:00 PM , Anonymous Jared Johnson said...

Oh and the black unknown police cruiser is a Fairfield unmarked- although it may have a simple city seal by the front door- I've seen a lot like that

 

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