Officer Down Memorial

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Photo of Trooper Frederick J. Groves Jr.

Trooper Frederick J. Groves , Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County. The stop occurred along the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike two miles north of Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach. As Trooper Frederick searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana.…Read More
EOW Tuesday, September 18, 1984 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County. The stop occurred along the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike two miles north of Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach.

As Trooper Frederick searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana. The suspect and the driver were arrested the next day.

The 21-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 27, 1987. His accomplice was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to seven years.

Trooper Groves had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years.

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.

Photo of Deputy Frank Dean Genovese

Deputy Frank Dean Genovese

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Genovese was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT team operation during a standoff with an armed suspect. The suspect, who had set his furniture on fire and was threatening to blow up his townhouse, surrendered to police after a four hour siege.…

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EOW Thursday, June 3, 1982 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Genovese was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT team operation during a standoff with an armed suspect. The suspect, who had set his furniture on fire and was threatening to blow up his townhouse, surrendered to police after a four hour siege.

Although the suspect had fired at officers he was acquitted December 14, 1984, after his attorney convinced a jury that an officer’s return fire may have killed Deputy Genovese.

Six months later the suspect was charged with the attempted murder of a Miami police officer during a wild chase. The pursuit ended when he plowed his corvette into four police cars at a road block, injuring one officer. On March 18, 1988, he was charged with numerous firearms violations including sell and possession of machine guns after his arrest by ATF agents and Miami Police.

Deputy Genovese had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department for 16 months. Before that he served with the Datona Beach Police Department for three years.

Photo of Deputy Richard John Landes

Deputy Richard John Landes

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Landes was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while he was assisting others in removing a vehicle from a canal.

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EOW Saturday, April 18, 1981 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Landes was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while he was assisting others in removing a vehicle from a canal.

Photo of Patrolman William Steven Mathews

Patrolman William Steven Mathews

Palm Beach Gardens Police Department

Patrolman Mathews was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to stop a drunk driver.

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EOW Friday, July 13, 1979 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Patrolman Mathews was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to stop a drunk driver.

Photo of Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Delray Beach Police Department

Officer John Kennedy was shot and killed when he was ambushed as he sat in his patrol car. He was writing a report while parked a gas station. His body was located after he failed to respond to radio transmissions. One of the suspect was arrested and convicted of second degree murder.…Read More
EOW Saturday, August 10, 1974 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer John Kennedy was shot and killed when he was ambushed as he sat in his patrol car. He was writing a report while parked a gas station. His body was located after he failed to respond to radio transmissions.

One of the suspect was arrested and convicted of second degree murder.

Officer Kennedy had served with the department for 13 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and five children.

Photo of Officer Meredith Stanley Runck Jr.

Officer Meredith Stanley Runck , Jr.

Riviera Beach Police Department

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County. The stop occurred along the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike two miles north of Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach. As Trooper Frederick searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana.…Read More
EOW Friday, April 5, 1974 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in Palm Beach County. The stop occurred along the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike two miles north of Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach.

As Trooper Frederick searched the trunk of the car, he was shot by a passenger when he discovered a suitcase full of marijuana. The suspect and the driver were arrested the next day.

The 21-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 27, 1987. His accomplice was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to seven years.

Trooper Groves had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 14 years.

Photo of Sergeant Andrew Redding

Sergeant Andrew Redding

Lantana Police Department

Sergeant Redding was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided his cruiser on the passenger side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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EOW Tuesday, February 12, 1974 Cause Vehicular assault Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant Redding was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided his cruiser on the passenger side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo of Trooper Herman T. Morris

Trooper Herman T. Morris

Florida Highway Patrol

Trooper Herman Morris was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol in West Palm Beach. Another vehicle forced his patrol car into a bridge railing. Trooper Morris had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for three years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.Read More
EOW Thursday, March 16, 1972 Cause Automobile crash Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Trooper Herman Morris was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol in West Palm Beach. Another vehicle forced his patrol car into a bridge railing.

Trooper Morris had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for three years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

Photo of Police Officer William Harold Fletcher

Police Officer William Harold Fletcher

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Fletcher and Officer Richard Van Curler were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in.…

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EOW Thursday, April 6, 1967 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Fletcher and Officer Richard Van Curler were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in. After arriving Officer Fletcher contacted the employees of the bank and then went to talk to the man who was still in front of the bank. The man continued to shout and cause as a disturbance as Officer Fletcher tried to talk to him. Because portable radios were not used at the time Officer Fletcher returned to his cruiser to call for backup.
As Officer Fletcher completed his transmission the man began walking towards him and met him at the curb. The man then struck him and knocked him down. During the ensuing struggle the suspect gained control of Officer Fletcher’s revolver and shot him twice. At that moment Officer Van Curler arrived on his motorcycle. The suspect immediately opened fire, shooting through the motorcycle’s windshield and striking Officer Van Curler in the chest. After walking over to Officer Van Curler the suspect then attempted to shoot him again but the gun was empty. He then took Officer Van Curler’s weapon. Officer Fletcher had managed to get to his feet but the suspect shot him again with Officer Van Curler’s weapon, fatally wounding him. Other officers arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was commited to a mental hospital where he later died.