Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hero FDNY Firefighter Lt. Gordon Ambelas Mourned; Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago Ambushed + Killed; Resources For Veterans

"Our police officers and firefighters are everyday heroes. They run toward trouble when the rest of us run away. It's what they do because that's who they are."  NY Post 

FDNY Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas Mourned

FDNY Lt. Gordon Ambelas, a 14-year veteran,  died while searching for victims in the dense smoke in a Brooklyn high-rise on July 5, 2014. Ambelas had just been promoted to lieutenant in the last year. He left behind his wife Nanette and two daughters Gina, 5, and Gabby, 7. Lt. Ambelas also took part in 9/11 operations as well as Hurricane Sandy.
NY Post + NY Daily News

Jersey City Police Officer, Melvin Santiago, Slain By Killer Who Wanted Fame

On July 13, 2014, Police Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City, N.J. Police Department was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a robbery call at a pharmacy.

Prior to the police arriving, the subject assaulted the private security guard and stole his weapon before robbing the store. As the subject was leaving the store, Officer Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot of the store. The subject opened fire on the police officers. Officer Santiago was struck in the head. He didn't even have time to defend himself. Responding police officers returned fire and killed the subject. 

Earlier the subject was alleged to have told a bystander to watch the news tonight, "I'm going to be famous." (Hence, we are not printing his name).

Officer Santiago had just graduated from the police academy six months ago.

Resources For Veterans

Fisher House http://fisherhouse.org/
The Gary Sinese Foundation http://www.garysinesefoundation.org/
Hire Our Heroes http://hireheroesusa.org/
Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
National Center on Homelessness: 1.877.424.3838
Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.272.8255

1 comment:

  1. This is a very sad news. He just graduated on the academy and that's all. Condolence to the family and I hope that they will give justice to him and support to the family left behind. Rest in peace to him.

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