Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Honors Fallen Officers | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office honored fallen officers Wednesday.
The annual Police Memorial Day Observance took place outside the Police Memorial Building on Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Christopher Kane was the last JSO officer to die in the line of duty. Kane died in September 2008 after accidentally driving his police cruiser into the back of a parked construction truck. The Florida Highway Patrol reported Kane was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Wednesday's memorial recognized Kane and other officers lost throughout the years.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is planning their annual memorial events with even heavier hearts this year.
The agency lost Detective David White in February while he was responding to a suspected meth lab. Investigators said someone started firing from the home when law enforcement tried to get inside. Four people have been arrested in White's death.
Clay County will hold its memorial events on May 9 and 10.
Detective White Memorial Fundraiser
Police Memorial Week Ceremony
- 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
- Spring Park, Green Cove Springs
Clay County Sheriff's Office Building Naming and Dedication Ceremony
- 11:30 a.m.
- 901 North Orange Avenue, Green Cove Springs
- The Green Cove Springs Sheriff's Office will be named in honor of Detective David White
Wall of Honor Ceremony
- 12:00 p.m.
- Detective White's picture will be added to the Clay County Sheriff's Office Wall of Honor.
- Sheriff Rick Beseler will present White's wife, Jennifer White, with money raised by the community for her family.
- (Event not open to the public.)
Middleburg Memorial Ceremony
- 3:00 p.m.
- Clay County Sheriff's Office Middleburg Operations Center, 1836 Blanding Boulevard
- The Clay County Sheriff's Office will reveal Detective White's name on a stone memorial.
It has been over 150 years since Putnam County lost a deputy in the line of duty, according to Deputy Hancel Woods.
Sheriff William B. Stephens was shot and killed in March 1867.
The Sheriff's Office will be honoring Stephens at its Police Memorial on May 11 at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Palatka.
However, the county has had some close calls recently.
Over the weekend, Deputy Kevin Corbin was severely beaten by two men after breaking up an argument at a gas station. Woods said Corbin has not been cleared to return to work and may still need oral surgery to repair some of his injuries. The two men who investigators believe were responsible are in jail.
The woman accused of shooting and injuring a Putnam County deputy in May 2011 will go to trial on August 10, according to online court documents.
Julie Lane has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first degree murder. Investigators said she shot deputy Randy Haynes while he was serving a warrant at her home.
Deputy Woods said Haynes has made a full recovery and is back at work. He has been promoted to Sergeant and last week, Haynes was named the Sheriff's Office Employee of the Year for 2011.
To make a donation for Deputy Corbin, send checks to:
The Ten-24 Foundation
C/O Kaye Tucker
P.O. Box 1964
Palatka, FL 32178
St. Johns County
Deputy Greg Dubowsky is continuing to recover at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville after he was hit by a car in April.
A motorcycle officer, Dubowsky was accompanying a charity ride when he was knocked off his bike on A1A.
The driver who hit Dubowsky, Joanie Wilkes, has been charged with failing to yield the right of way.
Corporal Terry Shirley with St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Dubowsky has a long road, but he is starting to return to his old self.
"He's in high spirits," said Cpl. Shirley. "He's back talking, being Greg, which is a funny guy-just a good guy all around."
Donations for Dubowsky can be made at Prosperity Bank in St. Augustine.
St. Johns County will hold its Law Enforcement Memorial Service on May 9 at the Sheriff's Office on Lewis Speedway. They will be honoring several officers lost over the years, including the most recent, Deputy James Anderson.
Anderson was struck and killed by drunk driver in January 2010 as he was headed to work.
The driver, Kris Caudilla, is serving a 15 year sentence for vehicular manslaughter and DUI property damage.