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New Hero Search Carlos Puente-Morales - Mar. 26, 2016 (29256)

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Des Moines Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Ankeny IA, USA
Born: Sep. 04, 1981  
Fallen: Mar. 26, 2016
Race/Sex: Hispanic Male / 34 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Des Moines Police Dept. - IA
25 E 1st St  
Des Moines, IA   50309   USA
(515)283-4824
County: Polk
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Traffic Accident
Weapon Class: Vehicle
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Bio: Carlos was born September 4, 1981 in Las Cruces, New Mexico while his father Sergio was studying for his PhD., and was raised there as well as in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He moved to Ackley, Iowa to finish high school and then earned an associate degree in law enforcement from Ellsworth Community College. His law enforcement career began in Eldora, Iowa at the jail and continued in Dows and Ottumwa as a police officer before moving to Des Moines. Since April 27, 2015 he had worked as a Des Moines Police Officer for the 3rd Watch Patrol and was well respected by his fellow officers. Carlos earned his B.S. degree in criminal justice. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard as a SSG and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was very disciplined and had high expectations for his soldiers but they respected and trusted him. Carlos earned a combat infantry badge and an Army achievement medal. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Carlos was a loving and dedicated son who provided morale support for his parents. They knew they could always count on him. He was a loving father, excellent brother and an amazing friend. After his brother, Sergio Antonio passed away, Carlos dedicated himself to providing unity with his nieces and nephews in order to pull the family together. Carlos was always friendly, welcoming, respectful, happy, had a great smile, and loved to joke around. He loved his religion, was community orientated, was proud of his Mexican heritage, and enjoyed watching the Tigres soccer team in Monterrey.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: I-80, at mile marker 117 IA   USA   Sat. Mar. 26, 2016
Summary: Officer Carlos Puente-Morales and Police Officer Susan Farrell were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way driver on I-80, at mile marker 117.

They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

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