Gary J. Buro
Ryan E. Cappelletty
Craig W. Rath
John S. Thomas, Jr.
Lamont L. Edwards
Police Officer Gary J. Buro
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 49E:25
Officer Buro was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic dispute at 1:19 a.m. on Totty Street. As both officers attempted to talk with the male suspect, a struggle ensued and the suspect shot and killed Officer Buro. Despite being shot several times, the second officer returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Buro served with the Chesterfield County Police Department for five months. He was an 11-year police veteran who previously served with the New York City Police Department for six years and the Lantana Police Department in Florida for five years. He also served with the United States Marine Corps as a military police officer for four years. Officer Buro was a widower and is survived by his parents, sister and brother.
Police Officer Ryan E. Cappelletty
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 42E:23
Officer Cappelletty was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to reports of gun shots on South Ridge Drive shortly before 0700 hours. When the officers arrived, they encountered a suspect with a gun standing in the front lawn of a home. The suspect opened fire on the officers, who then returned fire. Officer Cappelletty and the suspect were both fatally wounded. Officer Cappelletty was transported to CJW Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
Police Officer Craig W. Rath
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 62E:21
Officer Rath served as an officer with the Street Drug Enforcement Section. He was killed as a result of a traffic crash while on duty. Officer Rath and his fellow officers had completed a surveillance operation and were leaving the area when he collided with another vehicle. He is survived by his wife.
Police Officer John S. Thomas, Jr.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 10W:12
Officer Thomas was killed in an automobile accident while responding to reports of people trapped inside of an overturned vehicle. He had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife, young son, and parents.
Police Officer Lamont L. Edwards
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 41E:13
Officer Edwards was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a report of a burglary in progress at a business. He was survived by his wife and four young children.
Deputy Sheriff Archer Thomas Belcher
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 56W:26
Deputy Sheriff Archer Belcher succumbed to injuries inflicted one month earlier when he was beaten by three inmates while overseeing a work crew of of the Virginia State Convict Road Force in Chesterfield County. He was taken to Petersburg Hospital where he remained until succumbing to the injuries. One of the subjects was shot and killed during his arrest. The other two were convicted of his murder and sentenced to death. They were both executed by electrocution on June 14th, 1912. Deputy Belcher served with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Officer and supervised a state prison crew as part of agreement between the county and state. He was survived by his wife and ten children.
Sheriff Benjamin Branch
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Location - Panel 18E:31
Sheriff Benjamin Branch died after falling from his horse while collecting the county's taxes. The accident occurred between the county courthouse and his farm, Willow Hill. Sheriff Branch was a Virginia Militia veteran of the Revolutionary War. He had served as sheriff for two years and had previously served as a justice of the peace for three years prior to the Revolutionary War. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.
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