Officer Down Memorial

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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 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 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.

Photo of Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Van Curler and Officer William Fletcher 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 Van Curler and Officer William Fletcher 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.

Photo of Police Officer Clarence Leo Wagner

Police Officer Clarence Leo Wagner

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Wagner was killed in a motorcycle accident when another vehicle made a left hand turn in front of his motorcycle. He was responding to an accident with injuries call with his lights and sirens activated when the accident took place.…

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EOW Friday, February 10, 1967 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Wagner was killed in a motorcycle accident when another vehicle made a left hand turn in front of his motorcycle. He was responding to an accident with injuries call with his lights and sirens activated when the accident took place. The driver of the other vehicle was charged with causing an accident by failing to yield right-of-way. Officer Wagner had been with the agency for two years.

Photo of Sergeant James Stephen Fogleman

Sergeant James Stephen Fogleman

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant James Fogleman was killed in an automobile accident while transporting a critically injured child to the hospital. He was involved in a single vehicle crash while en route. After being transported to the hospital he refused treatment until the child and his mother were treated first.…

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EOW Monday, March 25, 1963 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant James Fogleman was killed in an automobile accident while transporting a critically injured child to the hospital. He was involved in a single vehicle crash while en route. After being transported to the hospital he refused treatment until the child and his mother were treated first.

As he sat in a chair doing paperwork he collapsed. It was later determined that his gun had impaled his spleen, causing him to bleed to death.

Sergeant Fogleman was survived by his expectant wife and two children.

Photo of Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum Jr.

Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum Jr.

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Tatum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession on Parker Avenue. The last car in the procession had just cleared an intersection and Officer Tatum was passing the procession to clear the next intersection. As he did so a boy riding a motor scooter pulled out of Hampton Road, passing through the procession, and collided with Officer Tatum.…

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EOW Saturday, March 28, 1959 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Tatum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession on Parker Avenue. The last car in the procession had just cleared an intersection and Officer Tatum was passing the procession to clear the next intersection. As he did so a boy riding a motor scooter pulled out of Hampton Road, passing through the procession, and collided with Officer Tatum. He was thrown into a tree and suffered severe head injuries.

Officer Tatum had served with the agency for 4 years.