As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, December 21, 2014 Police Officer Charlie Kondek was shot and killed while responding to a noise complaint call at 199 Grand Boulevard.
Residents of an apartment complex had called police because a man who had been knocking on apartment doors at approximately 2:00 am. When Officer Kondek arrived at the scene he was shot by the subject.
The man then fled in a vehicle but was apprehended a short distance away after crashing into a utility pole and parked car.
Officer Kondek had served with the Tarpon Springs Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Deputy Sheriff Christopher Smith was shot from ambush when he responded to reports of a house fire at the end of Caracus Court. Deputy Smith was among the first to arrive on scene at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was immediately shot and killed by the subject, who had approached him from behind.
The subject then took Deputy Smith's firearm and continued to fire at other responders, including members of the Tallahassee Fire Department and Tallahassee Police Department. One other sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded before the subject was shot and killed by an off-duty Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby and had responded to the sound of gunfire.
It is believed that the subject intentionally set the house fire with the intention to kill as many first responders as possible. The man was known to police but an officer-safety alert associated with his address was not activated because a neighbor's address was used as the location of the fire when it was dispatched.
Deputy Smith had previously served as a dispatcher and corrections officer. He served with the Leon County Sheriff's Office for almost six years. Deputy Smith is survived by his wife and children.
Jonathan Scott Pine
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Pine was shot and killed while responding to reports of car break-ins in a gated community off of South Apopka Vineland Road.
When deputies arrived shortly after 11:00 pm one subject fled on foot. Deputies located the subject shortly after midnight near the intersection of South Apopka Vineland Road and Westminster Abby Boulevard. The man began to flee on foot again and then fired several shots, striking Deputy Pine.
The subject then ran a short distance away and committed suicide. Deputy Pine was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The man's girlfriend, who was also at the scene, was arrested and held in connection with the incident.
Deputy Pine had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and three young children.
Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida End of Watch: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rivera succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash along I-95, near Copans Road, in Pompano Beach.
He was en route to the police station at approximately 6:15 am when his patrol car left the roadway during a period of rain. The vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side, causing Deputy Rivera to suffer severe head injuries. He was transported to Broward Health North where he remained in critical condition until passing away on the night of September 21st, 2013.
Deputy Rivera had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and was assigned to the Pompano Beach District Office. He is survived by his parents and siblings.
Miami Gardens Police Department, Florida End of Watch: Friday, September 13, 2013
K9 Max died following complications during surgery for a duty related injury the previous night.
K9 Max and his handler had responded to a burglary in progress on NW 176th Terrace in which multiple suspects were believed to be inside of a residence. Max's handler deployed him through a jalousie window that appeared to provide access into the home. One of the glass panels in the window came loose and severely lacerated one of Max's ears.
He was transported to Hollywood Animal Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair the damage. During the surgery he suffered a medical emergency and died.
K9 Max had served as a certified apprehension and explosive ordinance detection canine for four years.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida End of Watch: Thursday, August 1, 2013
K9 Gus died after inhaling a foreign object into his lung while performing a track for a missing woman in Hillsborough River State Park.
He was deployed after several previous searches failed to locate the missing woman. Gus' track was successful and the woman's body was in the park. However, K9 Gus inhaled an object into his lung that lead to his death a short time later.
K9 Gus had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for four years.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Monday, August 5, 2013
Sergeant Mike Wilson was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex on Veterans Boulevard in Port Charlotte.
The call involved a man in a physical fight with his wife and son. As Sergeant Wilson walked up to the stairs to the apartment the male subject emerged and opened fire from the second floor landing, striking Sergeant Wilson in the chest above his vest.
The subject then committed suicide.
Sergeant Wilson had served with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Master Deputy Sheriff
Joseph "Shane" Robbins
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Friday, April 26, 2013
Master Deputy Sheriff Shane Robbins was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Bomber Road, near Spruce Road, at approximately 9:15 am.
He was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons. A nearby resident who heard the crash called 911 to report the crash and responding rescue workers extricated him from his patrol car. He was transported to Winter Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Master Deputy Robbins had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 15 years and was assigned to the Northeast District. He is survived by his wife and five children.
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sergeant Gary Morales was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace, near Edwards Road, at approximately 9:30 am.
During the stop a subject exited the stopped vehicle and opened fire, striking Sergeant Morales as he sat his in his patrol car. He was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute where he was pronounced dead.
The subject was taken into custody.
Sergeant Morales was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and twin children.
Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, January 31, 2013
K9 Koda was shot and killed as he attempted to take down a subject following a vehicle pursuit.
Deputies had pursued a vehicle several blocks until the vehicle crashed into a ditch near the intersection of Seminole Drive and South Magnolia Drive. The subject continued to flee on foot and then opened fire on K9 Koda and deputies. Two deputies returned fire and wounded the subject before taking him into custody.
It was later determined that the subject was wanted on warrants for attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Deputy Sheriff Christopher Schaub was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of West McNab Road and North Andrews Avenue in Pompano Beach.
Deputy Schaub's motorcycle collided with a car in the intersection. He was flown to Broward Health Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries approximately four hours later.
Deputy Schaub had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 22 years.
Bruce St. Laurent
Jupiter Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, September 9, 2012
Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck on the I-95 on-ramp, at 45th Street, at about 4:40 pm.
Officer St. Laurent was assigned to the motorcade escorting President Barack Obama from a campaign event in Palm Beach County. He was struck as he was preparing to close access to the highway from the on-ramp as the presidential motorcade neared. The impact pushed him and the motorcycle into a guardrail.
He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer St. Laurent had served with the Jupiter Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
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