Staff Sergeant Joseph Camara, 40, New Bedford
Camara was a quiet, funny man who had a calming effect on the people he encountered in his four years as a patrol officer. "Those are tough qualities to find," said Lieutenant Richard Spirlet, spokesman for the New Bedford Police Department. Camara died Sept. 1, 2003, when the Humvee he was in struck a land mine near Baghdad. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. "He was an exceptional partner," said Officer Luis Sud-Martinez. "He had no qualms about going back," Sud-Martinez said. "He had put his time in and was ready to retire but he went back and he had a job to do."