IRVING, TEXAS (May 18, 2006) – RonaldZimmerman of Glenwood, Indiana, an international policementor-advisor serving with DynCorp International in Afghanistan,was killed today when the convoy in which he was traveling wasambushed near Islam Qala in the province of Herat, Afghanistan.Five company employees were injured in the attack.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time. Theconvoy was attacked by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device(VBIED) and arms fire. Mr. Zimmerman, 37, was part of a team thatwas training and advising police in the Herat area, near the borderwith Iran and Turkmenistan. He had been in Afghanistan since earlyApril 2006.
Mr. Zimmerman served with the Brookville (Indiana) PoliceDepartment from 1998-2004, rising to the rank of sergeant andholding the positions of patrol officer and field training officer.He served one year with the International Police Mission in Kosovobefore joining DynCorp International.
“Ron Zimmerman was an experienced, dedicated, and courageouspolice officer who made a lasting contribution to establishing therule of law in two countries,” said DynCorp International CEOStephen J. Cannon. “Our entire company shares his family’s loss andis with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Police mentor-advisors are under the direction of the CombinedSecurity Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A), which isresponsible for promoting stability and security in Afghanistanthrough the creation of a respected and competent police forcededicated to the rule of law. DynCorp International recruits,trains, equips, and supports a 352-member U.S. contingent oftrainers, advisors and mentors through a contract with the UnitedStates Department of State.
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