FSA and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at Florida Sheriffs Association Memorial Ceremony
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all the fallen deputies and officers who served the law, and state of Florida, in the line of duty. This year, four names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall during the ceremony. FSA President Sheriff Mike Adkinson of Walton County joined sheriffs at the FSA Memorial Wall to celebrate the men and women who lost their lives while serving their communities.
The memorial is dedicated to remembering those who sacrificed and put their lives on the line every day. Families, friends and brothers-in-arms came out to pay their tributes to their loved ones while seeing their names engraved on the Memorial Wall.
“The men and women whose names are on this wall are true heroes, in every sense of the word,” said FSA President and Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson. “We honor them today, remember them always, and celebrate their outstanding legacies of selfless service and love for their communities.”
This afternoon, four names were honored at the FSA Memorial ceremony:
- Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis | End of Watch: Monday, January 9, 2017 | Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash
- Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges | End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 2017 | Cause of Death: Vehicle crash
- St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Captain Charlie Scavuzzo | End of Watch: Friday, September 15, 2017 | Cause of Death: Heart attack
- Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Ryan | End of Watch: Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Cause of Death: Heart attack
Hundreds attended to pay their respects to those who lost their lives while serving their communities. A moment of profound silence followed as a rider-less horse was led across the memorial.
Established in 2002, the Florida Sheriffs Association incorporated the granite Memorial Wall to honor sheriff’s officers who had fallen in the line of duty. It is a tribute to remember the sheriffs and deputies who have dedicated their lives to serve and protect Floridians, while respecting those who have passed. On the wall is an engraved verse that embraces these fallen heroes and the sacrifices they have made: “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.” John 15:13.
Find more information on the FSA website memorial page.
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The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of Florida’s Sheriffs, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has steadfastly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law-enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA both established and continues to fund the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. The Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit http://www.flsheriffs.org.