Edwin J. Gasque (1931-1961)
End of Watch: Friday, October 26, 1961
Trooper Gasque was shot when he was ambushed while he and a prison dog handler with his police dog, Major, tracked two fugitives in Jacksonville. The suspects were wanted for abducting and shooting at a Duval County sheriff’s deputy.
Trooper Gasque had served the residents of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 2 years. His career with FHP began August 1, 1959. He was in the 19th recruit class in Tallahassee, from February 1 to April 16,1960. He was stationed in Jacksonville and had just gotten a transfer to Daytona Beach, where he lived. At the time of his death, he was 30. He was survived by his wife, Kate, and two children, Katherine Ann and Mike.
Dave Kerner, Executive Director