CHARLOTTE NC July 6 2017
Three security officers were killed during the July 4th week-end.
According to police, an on-duty security officer at a village event in Lancaster NY became involved in an incident with a patron and another security officer on Monday, then collapsed about 25 minutes later, and died, Lancaster Town Police said.
Lancaster Police Capt. William Karn said that based on an autopsy done on Tuesday; there were no signs of trauma on the security officer. He died from natural causes according to the report.
The security guard’s identity was not released by village officials.
Two sources in Lancaster Village Hall said that the security officer working at the Village of Lancaster Independence Days celebration died after suffering a medical emergency while attempting to break up a fight Monday night inside the event’s beer tent.
The security guard, a man, was taken by ambulance to the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, confirmed Carrie Sette-Camara, the hospital’s public relations manager. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, she said.
A second security officer also died from a possible heart attack while struggling with a disorderly man who refused to leave a nightclub in Orlando Florida.
The security officer was treated on scene and transported to a local hospital. His identity has not been released yet by authorities.
And in Chicago, an off-duty security officer died in a fireworks accident. The father was killed in front of his children on the Fourth of July in a tragic fireworks accident on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, 42-year-old David Griffin was lighting fireworks in an alley in the 2500-block of West 54th Street in the city’s Gage Park neighborhood. His wife said he was with his young children at the time.
When he went to check on a firework that didn’t seem to be firing, it blew up in his face as it shot into the air, police and fire officials said.
Griffin was transported to Holy Cross Hospital. He died about 20 minutes after the accident. No one else was hurt.
Fernando Sotelo, Griffin’s upstairs neighbor and family friend, said he will be remembered as a good father who was always looking out for others.
“It’s dangerous around here. When there would be drive-bys, he’d come out and protect us. He was protective over this neighborhood,” Sotelo said.