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.

Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell standing at a podium and addressing the crowd at the 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.

2018 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.

Photo of Officer Jermaine Brown, killed in the line of duty, December 12, 2018.

Officer Jermaine Brown

End of Watch: December 12, 2018

Cause of Death: Accidental

Miami-Dade Police Department
Photo of Deputy Benjamin LeMont Zirbel, killed in the line of duty, August 21, 2018.

Deputy Benjamin LeMont Zirbel

End of Watch: August 21, 2018

Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Photo of Officer Lance Christian Whitaker, killed in the line of duty, May 15, 2018.

Officer Lance Christian Whitaker

End of Watch: May 15, 2018

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Photo of Deputy William J. Gentry, Jr., killed in the line of duty, May 07, 2018.

Deputy William J. Gentry, Jr.

End of Watch: May 07, 2018

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Highlands County Sheriff's Office
Photo of Sergeant Noel Beltran Ramirez, Jr., killed in the line of duty, April 19, 2018.

Sergeant Noel Beltran Ramirez, Jr.

End of Watch: April 19, 2018

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gilchrist 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.