Photo/Story Gallery 2007
25th Annual Police Memorial Event
The 25th Annual Police Memorial Service was held on May 7, 2007, in Tallahassee at the State Capitol. Law enforcement officers from all across the state gathered to honor the memory of 15 of their fellow officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The solemn ceremony on the steps of the Old Capitol followed a parade through downtown Tallahassee. The Florida Highway Patrol’s 114th Basic Recruit Class and Troop H Honor Guard along with their counterparts from numerous other state, county, and city law enforcement agencies around Florida participated in the memorial march as did several bag pipe corps. After the names of each fallen officer were announced, hundreds of law enforcement officers stood at attention for the playing of taps. The parade and the memorial service were organized by the state lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Governor Charlie Crist, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Attorney General Bill McCollum, FHP’s Colonel Christopher Knight and various other dignitaries and commanders from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies were present. The service included the releasing of butterflies, a 21 gun salute, and “Amazing Grace” played on the bag pipes. Governor Crist addressed the crowd of officers gathered at the Capitol with these words: “The honor and the valor and service and the perseverance of the men and women we honor today can never truly be measured.” After the ceremony, the Governor offered words of condolence and hugs to family members of the fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Memorial Service in Davie
The Broward County Chiefs of Police Association established this tradition over twenty years ago to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Broward County. In 1990, the Chiefs Association constructed a black granite monument at the Institute which bears the names of 55 local, state and federal law enforcement officers. The ceremony included the Broward County Multi-Agency Honor Guard, the Police Pipe and Drum Corps of Florida and color guards from agencies throughout Broward County. A long stem rose was placed at the base of the monument for each of the 55 officers. Five of the roses were placed at the monument for Trooper Philip A. Black, Trooper Stephen G. Rouse, Trooper Kimberly A. Hurd, Trooper Donald E. Jennings and Ontario Canada Police Officer Corporal Donald Irwin. Corporal Irwin, vacationing in Florida, was riding along with Trooper Black when they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked at a rest stop on I-95 near Pompano Beach. Both were shot and killed.
Motor squads from Troop L and Troop E led the procession of motorcycles that began the ceremony. Major Miguel Guzman made an opening statement and introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Bradley Feuer. Following the speech a proclamation was read by Major Guzman dedicating Friday May 4, 2007, to the 55 fallen officers.
Corporal Jewrel Wigwall, Corporal Clifford Johnson, Trooper Ramon Fernandez and Trooper Barry Radanof served as honor guards at the ceremony.
The Davie District would like to thank the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association for the opportunity to host this event and would also like to thank all members that participated and or attended the event.