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FSA Law Enforcement Memorial

To honor the heroes of sheriffs' offices who gave their lives in the line of duty, the Florida Sheriffs Association created the FSA Law Enforcement Memorial in 2002.

FSA Memorial

How it Began

The memorial was the vision of the late Buddy Phillips, who as FSA executive director wanted a permanent memorial wall with the names of officers engraved on it, much like the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. He also wanted to include a sculpture representing the impact their sacrifice has on the colleagues and loved ones of those who are lost.

The sobering bronze figures are a perfect complement to the powerful curved marble wall engraved with the names of the fallen officers. Combined with the majestic oaks and serene landscaping, visiting the memorial is a moving experience.

The names of those who gave their lives the prior year are added to the wall during the annual memorial service. The wall and monument are located in front of the FSA headquarters, 2617 Mahan Drive, in Tallahassee.

2017 FSA Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

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If you plan to visit our memorial, download our directory (PDF).

Fallen Heroes

The Florida sheriffs mourn the loss of those recently killed in the line of duty.


Deputy Norman Lewis

End of Watch: January 09, 2017

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Eric Oliver

End of Watch: November 22, 2016

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Scott Williams

End of Watch: October 31, 2016

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Taylor County Sheriff's Office

Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr.

End of Watch: May 12, 2016

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault

Background: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office release

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Deputy William J. Myers

End of Watch: September 22, 2015

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Background: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office release

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
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Annual Memorial Ceremonies

The Florida sheriffs join the nation in honoring its fallen heroes during the month of May. Use the links below to learn more about memorial events.

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