Officer Down Memorial

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Photo of Reserve Lieutenant Alfred Garrison

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.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Garry E Hobbs

Deputy Sheriff Garry E Hobbs

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Hobbs died as a result of being exposed to high levels of herbicide while recovering a stolen vehicle nine years earlier.

Deputy Hobbs was examining the vehicle on June 7, 1991, when a crop duster inadvertently sprayed him as it flew overhead.…

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EOW Saturday, December 9, 2000 Cause Exposure to toxins Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Hobbs died as a result of being exposed to high levels of herbicide while recovering a stolen vehicle nine years earlier.

Deputy Hobbs was examining the vehicle on June 7, 1991, when a crop duster inadvertently sprayed him as it flew overhead. The herbicide caused severe neurological damage that caused his health to deteriorate until his death on December 9, 2000.

Deputy Hobbs was a Vietnam War veteran. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, sister, and a brother.

Photo of Major Edward Kaye Humphrey

Major Edward Kaye Humphrey

Jupiter Police Department

Major Edward Humphrey suffered a fatal heart attack during a vehicle pursuit of a bank robbery suspect.

In July 1996, the suspect was sentenced to 22-1/2 years in federal prison for the robbery of the bank and for federal possession of a firearm.…

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EOW Friday, September 8, 1995 Cause Heart attack Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Major Edward Humphrey suffered a fatal heart attack during a vehicle pursuit of a bank robbery suspect.

In July 1996, the suspect was sentenced to 22-1/2 years in federal prison for the robbery of the bank and for federal possession of a firearm.

Major Humphrey was survived by his wife.

Photo of Sergeant James A Hunt III

Sergeant James A Hunt III

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Hunt was shot and killed while attempting to stop an ATM robbery. While Sergeant Hunt was searching one of the suspects the other pulled out a handgun and shot him in the face twice, killing him instantly.

The suspect then tried to commit suicide but survived.…

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EOW Sunday, February 28, 1993 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant Hunt was shot and killed while attempting to stop an ATM robbery. While Sergeant Hunt was searching one of the suspects the other pulled out a handgun and shot him in the face twice, killing him instantly.

The suspect then tried to commit suicide but survived. He was found guilty of Sergeant Hunt’s murder and sentenced to death. However, in June of 1998, the Florida Supreme Court commuted the death sentence to life in prison because the murder was not premeditated.

Sergeant Hunt is survived by his wife and two sons.

Photo of Sergeant Donald R Mahan

Sergeant Donald R Mahan

Port St. Lucie Police Department

Sergeant Mahan was killed when he was struck by a car as he was crossing a road to assist accident victims. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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EOW Wednesday, May 13, 1992 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant Mahan was killed when he was struck by a car as he was crossing a road to assist accident victims. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Anita Karen Pospisil

Deputy Sheriff Anita Karen Pospisil

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Anita Pospisil was killed when her patrol car was broadsided by a truck which had run a red light at the intersection of Jupiter Farms Road and Indiantown Road.

Deputy Pospisil had served with the agency for four years.…

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EOW Tuesday, March 24, 1992 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Anita Pospisil was killed when her patrol car was broadsided by a truck which had run a red light at the intersection of Jupiter Farms Road and Indiantown Road.

Deputy Pospisil had served with the agency for four years. She is survived by her husband and son.

Photo of Deputy Kevin Douglas Mathew

Deputy Kevin Douglas Mathew

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Kevin Mathews was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a limousine in the motorcade for presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.

He was attempting to block traffic at an intersection when he was struck.

Deputy Mathews is survived by his wife.

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EOW Friday, March 6, 1992 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Kevin Mathews was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a limousine in the motorcade for presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.

He was attempting to block traffic at an intersection when he was struck.

Deputy Mathews is survived by his wife.

Photo of Deputy James Rondeau Dickinson

Deputy James Rondeau Dickinson

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Dickinson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a court order on a disturbed Vietnam War veteran. The suspect was barricaded in his home and opened fire on Deputy Dickinson with high-powered rifle.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody.…

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EOW Tuesday, August 22, 1989 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Dickinson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a court order on a disturbed Vietnam War veteran. The suspect was barricaded in his home and opened fire on Deputy Dickinson with high-powered rifle.

The suspect was eventually taken into custody. He was convicted of second degree murder but released after only 12 years. The man died in 2003.

Deputy Dickinson had served with the agency for 9 years.

Photo of Police Officer Brian Heywood Chappell

Police Officer Brian Heywood Chappell

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Chappell was shot and killed during a traffic stop during a speed enforcement assignment. As Officer Chappell approached the vehicle the driver leaned out and fired a single shot which struck Officer Chappell in the heart. He was able to call for assistance before succumbing to his injuries.…

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EOW Monday, August 22, 1988 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Chappell was shot and killed during a traffic stop during a speed enforcement assignment. As Officer Chappell approached the vehicle the driver leaned out and fired a single shot which struck Officer Chappell in the heart. He was able to call for assistance before succumbing to his injuries. The suspect was apprehended two days later and sentenced to death. Officer Chappell had left his vest in his locker due to the excessive heat.

Officer Chappell had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his parents, three brothers, and sister.

Photo of Police Officer Robert Dennis Edwards

Police Officer Robert Dennis Edwards

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Edwards was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a local hospital to assist his partner with a prisoner. The two had arrested a woman at a disturbance and placed her in the back of a patrol car.…

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EOW Saturday, January 21, 1984 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Edwards was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a local hospital to assist his partner with a prisoner. The two had arrested a woman at a disturbance and placed her in the back of a patrol car. The woman started banging her head on the inside of the car causing injuries to herself. Officer Edwards’ partner transported her to the hospital as Officer Edwards waited for a tow truck for the suspect’s car.

When another officer arrived to take over Officer Edwards responded to the hospital to assist his partner. As he entered an intersection another car turned left, causing a collision which knocked Officer Edwards’ patrol car into a concrete light pole.

Officer Edwards had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, brother, and mother.