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Deputy Sheriff Angela Chavers

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Angela Chavers died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates Main Detention Center. Deputy Chavers had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 18 years and was assigned to the Inmate Management Division. She is survived by her son and niece, who she had custody of.…Read More
EOW Saturday, September 12, 2020 Cause COVID19 Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Sheriff Angela Chavers died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates Main Detention Center.

Deputy Chavers had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years and was assigned to the Inmate Management Division. She is survived by her son and niece, who she had custody of.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

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Deputy Sheriff Maurice Ford

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Maurice Ford died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmate at the West Detention Center at 38811 James Wheeler Way in Belle Glade. Deputy Ford had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 14 years.…Read More
EOW Thursday, August 27, 2020 Cause COVID19 Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Sheriff Maurice Ford died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmate at the West Detention Center at 38811 James Wheeler Way in Belle Glade.

Deputy Ford had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

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Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center. Sergeant Diaz-Ayala had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and parents.…Read More
EOW Saturday, April 4, 2020 Cause COVID19 Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant Jose Diaz-Ayala died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center.

Sergeant Diaz-Ayala had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and parents.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

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Police Officer Bruce Edwin St. Laurent

Jupiter Police Department

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.…

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EOW Sunday, September 9, 2012 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

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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Sergeant Adam Greg Rosenthal

Delray Beach Police Department

Sergeant Adam Rosenthal was killed in an automobile accident near the intersection of Southwest 18th Street and Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton at approximately 6:15 am.

He was reporting to the station at the beginning of his shift when his patrol car struck a tree in the median.…

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EOW Thursday, February 17, 2011 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial

Sergeant Adam Rosenthal was killed in an automobile accident near the intersection of Southwest 18th Street and Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton at approximately 6:15 am.

He was reporting to the station at the beginning of his shift when his patrol car struck a tree in the median. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Rosenthal had served with the Delray Beach Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his four children.

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Deputy Sheriff Donta J Manuel

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Donta Manuel and Deputy Jonathan Wallace were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them.…

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EOW Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Donta Manuel and Deputy Jonathan Wallace were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them. It is believed that, because of the darkness, the deputies did not observe how fast the pursuing units were following behind the suspect vehicle. One of the pursuing patrol cars struck both deputies, killing them. The driver of that patrol car was seriously injured and flown to a local hospital.

One of the suspects in the stolen car was apprehended a short time later.

Deputy Manuel had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Jonathan D Wallace

Deputy Sheriff Jonathan D Wallace

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies Jonathan Wallace and Donta Manuel were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them.…

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EOW Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputies Jonathan Wallace and Donta Manuel were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them. It is believed that, because of the darkness, the deputies did not observe how fast the pursuing units were following behind the suspect vehicle. One of the pursuing patrol cars struck both deputies, killing them. The driver of that patrol car was seriously injured and flown to a local hospital.

One of the suspects in the stolen car was apprehended a short time later.

Deputy Wallace had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for 18 months. He is survived by his fiancee.

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Police Officer Thomas Joseph Morash

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Thomas Morash was killed when his motorcycle struck a vehicle when he was responding to a call of a minor traffic accident.

As he was driving south on Dixie Highway, a woman driving a Honda Civic turned into Officer Morash’s path.…

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EOW Friday, October 17, 2003 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Thomas Morash was killed when his motorcycle struck a vehicle when he was responding to a call of a minor traffic accident.

As he was driving south on Dixie Highway, a woman driving a Honda Civic turned into Officer Morash’s path. The impact catapulted Officer Morash from the seat of his 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King onto the pavement. Officer Morash was removed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the Honda was arrested and charged with driving without a valid driver license, causing a death, and violating the right of way. She was later sentenced to seven year probation, but was re-sentenced to 7 years in prison after violating her probation.

Officer Morash had served with the West Palm Beach Police Department for 12 years, and had previously served with the Fort Pierce Police Department. He is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Schavolt

Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Schavolt

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Donald Schavolt suffered a fatal heart attack after being kicked in the chest by a juvenile suspect during an arrest attempt.

He and three other deputies had responded to a noise complaint and found the suspect lying in the street when they arrived.…

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EOW Sunday, March 31, 2002 Cause Heart attack Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Donald Schavolt suffered a fatal heart attack after being kicked in the chest by a juvenile suspect during an arrest attempt.

He and three other deputies had responded to a noise complaint and found the suspect lying in the street when they arrived. The suspect violently resisted arrest and it took four deputies to restrain him.

Deputy Schavolt transported the suspect to a local medical center where he again resisted. Later, Deputy Schavolt went and sat down inside at the hospital and then collapsed. The suspect was charged as a juvenile with second degree murder, and resisting arrest with violence as a result of Deputy Schavolt’s death.

A autopsy determined that Deputy Schavolt’s heart attack did not directly result from being kicked in the chest. The suspect’s charges were reduced to felony battery, resisting arrest, and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Deputy Schavolt is survived by his wife and four children.

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Reserve Lieutenant Alfred Garrison

Lantana Police Department

Reserve Lieutenant Alfred Garrison was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle while directing traffic in front of a local church.

He helped create the reserve unit in 1964, and had been with the Lantana Police Department ever since.

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EOW Sunday, December 2, 2001 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Reserve Lieutenant Alfred Garrison was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle while directing traffic in front of a local church.

He helped create the reserve unit in 1964, and had been with the Lantana Police Department ever since.