My condolences to the Department and Family's of the two warriors who were taken to soon in their life's . doing what they loved to do best in Serving and protecting, The city that they loved so well. JOBS WELL DON MEN , REST EASY WE HAVE THE WATCH FROM HERE !
(El Paso PD Ofc. Garcia also killed this day -Life remembrance will be posted when completed)
*These Two Warriors entered the battle together and they gave their lives ... together* - Topeka Police Department, Kansas - Police Corporal David Gogian & Police Officer Jeff Atherly - End Of Watch: 12-16-12 - Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Ofc. Jeff Atherly, 29, were gunned down when they responded to a suspected dope deal going down (details below). Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Cpl. Gogian had been Saving, Serving and Protecting the People his entire adult life, including 25 years serving as a Proud Patriot of the United States Marines and the Kansas Air National Guard. During his time with the Military, Brother David also worked as a Reserve Officer for 13 years. On Sept. 27, 2004, this True Blue Warrior became a full-time Police Officer with the Topeka PD. And boy were they lucky to get him. Bringing his Courage, Integrity, Discipline of training and Warrior Spirit, Brother David took no time in garnering respect from his fellow Officers, as he respected all he worked along side. Cpl. Gogian had this amazing mental balance and he was able to assess scenes quickly, forming a plan of action and got the job done efficiently and effectively. And he did it all with a smile and a positive attitude. He was a fearless Warrior but a very fair one as well. Though Cpl. Gogian knew he was there to protect the People and deal with those of who ran afoul of the law with Bravery, it was his Benevolent soul that the citizens of Topeka came to love and trust, all the while showing his fellow Warriors that Courage often means being compassionate.
Police Officer Jeff Atherly was a young Warrior who had finally realized his calling could no longer be ignored and he valiantly pinned on his badge on April 4, 2011. He was thrilled to be working for the Topeka PD and it showed in everything he did. Ofc. Atherly had that enthusiastic rookie in him. Wanting to be in on everything that was happening, soaking it all up like a sponge. But he took it further than just 'on the job training'. He knew that in order to be the best Officer he could be, he would need to keep his 'armor' polished inside and out. This requires constant training, reading, listening and implementing .. then doing it again with improvement each time. No problem here though ... Our young Brother was all over it and was quick to learn all that Cpl. Gogian and the other veterans taught him. His excitement was contagious to all he worked along side of as Brother Jeff was able to remind even the 'old-school' what this job was all about ... what he worked so hard to accomplish ... helping the Citizens. And he was doing a fine, fine job of just that. It is sad that everything this young Warrior worked so hard for was ripped away in a split-second, so coldly and with no warning.
These two True Blue Warriors were doing what they were born to do ... what they wanted to be doing ... and what they did so well. You see, Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly answered the call of a citizen seeking help and in doing so, though they laid down their lives, all that followed accomplished what they set out to do. No innocent lives were harmed. And it doesn't even end here. Even upon his death, Ofc. Jeff Atherly gave his life ... as an organ donor. May they both rest easy knowing this and may we all be with peace knowing our Brothers Lived As Only A Hero Could.
Two Brothers of Blue who will be missed by so very many ... so few who will forget the day they Gave Their Lives As Only A Warrior Dare ...
At 1809hours, Topeka Police Officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle where the caller said they suspected a drug deal going down. Cpl. Gogian and Ofc. Atherly, exited their separate police vehicles and approached the suspect vehicle. Cpl. Gogian and Ofc. Atherly made contact with the three occupants and asked them to step out of the vehicle. The 22 year old who was sitting in the back seat of the suspect vehicle, opened fire on the Officers. He shot one, turned and shot the other. Both Cpl. Gogian and Ofc. Atherly were struck in the head by the gunfire. A third Officer (name withheld) had arrived just as the shooting occurred. This Officer returned fire as the shooter took off in the vehicle. He then immediately turned his attention to his two critically wounded Brothers and tired desperately to help them as he called in the shooting. Both of our Warriors were transported to the hospital but with a heavy heart, this was to be their final battle. Police Corporal David Gogian & Police Officer Jeff Atherly succumbed to their wounds and were pronounced.
An all-out manhunt ensued by local, state and federal authorities. These brave Warriors, once again forced to hold their grief of the deaths of their Brothers, stay focused on their mission. There was an armed and dangerous person out there and knowing he had no problem killing cops, they knew they had to protect the innocent People and ensure he would hurt no one else. They did an amazing job of this. After some time, a tip came in that the killer was holed up in a home. Police set perimeter around the home and after the suspect refused to come out during negotiations that went into the early morning hours, tear gas was used. The suspect exited the home at 0600, weapons in hand. Gunfire again rang out. The suspect was critically wounded. He was transported and was pronounced a short time later. The vehicle was later located near the home. May our Warriors all find peace. Job Well Done.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the both the Gogian and Atherly families, the Men and Women of the Topeka PD and to all our Warriors who would not rest before you found our Brothers' killers, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side these True Blue Heroes. Extra Special thoughts are with Cpl. Gogian's son Brandon, who is an Officer with the Topeka PD as well. David was not just Brandon's dad, he was also his Brother. (I will update additional family information shortly)
Our Brothers, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven, may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come ... and we will do so In Our Brothers' Honor. We thank you both for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you both for your lives. Job Well Done Sirs
Rest In Peace Police Corporal David Gogian & Police Officer Jeff Atherly ... We have the watch from here. SALUTE!
~written b y Nessie for True Blue Warriors.org~ www.facebook.com/truebluewarriors
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Donation Information: Checks can be dropped off or sent to the Topeka Police Credit Union, 320 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. The credit union, which is in the lobby of the police department office, is open between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The credit union will split donations between the two officers unless otherwise specified.
Cop Killer David Edward Tiscareno, 22, deceased. He did not have much of a criminal record. Just two charges that led to probation. Which once again, makes this even more senseless.