George A. Brown, III (1948-2004)
George Brown E-mail Condolences
To whom it may concern:
I wanted to first say I was very upset to hear about the death of Andy Brown. I am also sorry for your organization. Andy was a wonderful human being and very meticulous about details, especially his cars.
I had the priviledge of knowing Andy when he was with Troop D. I used to hang around a service garage that serviced the states vehicles in DeLand. Andy bought me my first new bike for Christmas one year. I was an underpriviledge child and as a early teenager, the opportunity exsisted for me to get into some type of trouble. Andy would always ask me what I was learning and would always make a comment about how thin I was. He would either take me to Sonny’s or Burger King for lunch when he had time available.
I still value the things that he taught me and he instilled some solid core values. At one point in my life, Andy and Maj. Art Brown (no relation), were going to sponser me to the FHP academy. However, I choose to go into the US Coast Guard instead. I made Andy proud the day I announced I was going into the service.
To Andy’s father and son, I would also want to send my condolences. His father was a wonderful person to sit and chat with. I have had the opportunity to sit with him on a few Saturdays and listen to some terrific stories. To his son, I can remember the day your father brought him to the garage and showed you off to everyone, he was so very proud. Your dad, was a very special person, and he taught me many things.
My question is, is there any type of memorial that will be set up? Are there any charities that Andy participated in? If not, I would like to set up a program with a childrens charity and dedicate gifts or bikes to underpriviledge children on behalf of Andy Brown. I would like to return the favor that Andy had provided for me many years ago.
Andy, thanks again for your service and dedication. Your friendship will always be valued and never forgotten….
Thanks for your time.
I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN, ABOUT ALL ANDY MEANT TO OUR FAMILY. FIRST HE WAS A FRIEND WHO WAS ALWAYS THERE. # 2, HE WAS MY NEPHEW’S GODFATHER. ANDY WAS A LOVING FRIEND WHO, OUR CHILDREN REMEMBER GOING TO CHUCKIE CHEESE WITH & SAYING TO ANDY “LETS GO FASTER, STEP ON THE GAS.” HE WOULD LAUGH & SAY ” WE’RE GOING FAST ENOUGH.” HE WAS ONE OF THE PATROL CARS AT MY DAD’S FUNERAL & ALSO AT MY MOTHER’S FUNERAL. BUT THE ONE THING THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM FOR WAS, WHEN OUR DAUGHTER WAS APPROACHED, BY A STRANGER & I HEARD HER SCREAM, ANDY IMMEDIATELY TOLD US WHAT TO DO, AS HE WENT LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT.
ANDY BROWN DID MANY GOOD DEEDS IN HIS LIFE & I HOPE HIS LEGEND WILL LIVE FOREVER, HE WAS A WONDERFUL ROLE MODEL FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE, & RESPECTED THE OLDER GENERATION AS WELL. OUR HEARTS ARE VERY SAD, THAT GOD CHOSE ANDY SO SOON,
TO TUCKER, YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOR DAD, HE WAS ONE OF A KIND, ALWAYS DOING FOR OTHERS. TO HIS PARENTS, BETSY & GEORGE , YOU RAISED A SON WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY DIFFERENY WAYS. HIS SISTER CONNIE, REMEMBER THE DAYS, WHEN BROTHER’S WEREN’T COOL, & WHAT HE GREW UP TO ACCOMPLISH.
OUR PRAYERS & THOUGHTS ARE WITH EACH OF YOU, I KNOW THE FUTER ROAD IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, JUST KNOW WE ARE THERE & I ASK GOD TO SEND EACH OF YOU AN ANGEL TO HELP YOU THROUGH.
LOVE, THE TRACY FAMILY : FERN & JIM, ELIZABETH & BRIAN SOUMAYA, MELISSA & JIMMY LEACH, JAY & MICHELLE TRACY
Dear Colonel Knight,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Sergeant Andy Brown’s family and to my former brothers and sisters with the Patrol.
Although I have only been gone from FHP a short while, the Florida State Troopers will always remain very embedded in my heart. It is hard enough to lose someone you love. But when a member of the law enforcement family is lost, the loss is felt throughout the entire law enforcement community and beyond.
I wish for all of you nothing but happiness, safety and prosperity. My very best to all of you always.
Today as I was on Baya Ave and saw the hearse go by, I called our Sheriffs Ofc to see what happened. They told me about one of our Highway Patrolman that had died in the line of duty. I want to extend my sincere condolences and also want to thank you all for putting your lives on the line everyday for us the public. I cannot begin to tell you how much you all are appreciated everyday. I am so sorry for the pain and suffering that all of you and the family is going through. You all are heroes every single day. Thank you for being there for us. Sincerely, Judi Baylis WLVO Radio Station 106.1
Dear Friends. I wish to extend my sympathy and sorow at the loss of another Highway Patrol Officer!
I did not know the oficer personaly, but do feel if he was kind my extended family!
I send you my heart felt hope that you and his family will be helped knowing that many plain folks care about him and other officers!
May God Bless you and His family!
Please accept our sincere condolences on your recent loss of Trooper Brown.
Please forward any funeral arrangements/memorial fund info.
Rachel E. Cambre
Executive Assistant, Operations
South Carolina Troopers Association
Columbia, SC 29212
My deepest condolences to SGT Brown’s family and the fine Trooper’s in Florida. May the good Lord look over you all during this hard and difficult time and give you strength to remember the fond memories of SGT Brown during this difficult time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Andy at the FHP Academy during an in-service class while employed with the State. He was a very special and honest person. I will always remember the way he talked about flying and what it meant to him to be employed with the Florida Highway Patrol.
With Deepest Condolences,
Trooper Bill LaMere
New Hampshire State Police
And Former FHP Trooper
from Troop D/Orlando
My deepest sympathy to the family for losing Sergeant Brown.
May the Sergeant rest in peace in heaven .
Deputy Graham T. Harris (St. Johns County S.O.)
Please accept our sincere condolences on your recent loss of Sgt Brown. It is always hard when we lose good officers in such of way. Also send our condolences to his family.
PO George Cachola of the New York
City Highway Patrol #5
On behalf of the chaplains of the Ocala Police Department I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Sgt. Andy Brown and to Troop B. May our Lord bless each of you during your time of sorrow and grief.
My name is Benjamin Betancourt. I am currently an New York City Auxiliary Police Officer. We, the 94th Precinct Auxiliary Unit and Brooklyn North Auxiliary Recsue, just read about Sgt. Brown and regret to hear about his passing. We send our deepest and sincere condolences to the family of Sgt. Brown and to the Florida Highway Patrol. I, Benjamin, will being going to Florida this coming Saturday, May 1. If there is a service that will be held for Sgt. Brown, please, if possible, inform me of the time and location of the service. Again, I am sorry for your loss.
To whom it may concern,
I’m very sad to learn about what happen to Sgt.Andy Brown, We lost a Great person and a great teacher in the academy, We hear the news all the way here in Kuwait. Its a sad day for all of us. to the Family, Friend and love ones,Our Salutes and honor goes to Sgt. Andy Brown. In behalf of the Troops who serve our country in Iraq and Kuwait Our sincerely condolences.
Sgt. Andy Brown your gone but not forgotten.
Trooper/U.S. Naval Reserve
Joel V. Delosreyes
I only had the privilege to meet Sgt. Brown while I attended the Florida Highway Patrol Academy as a member of the 98th recruit class. He came up a number of times as a counselor (a couple of times to fill in on short notice so we would always have a counselor to talk to). He would always make himself available to anyone who needed him whether it be for advice or just to talk and tell stories. Anyone who met Sgt. Brown would all say the same thing. He was extremely professional, sharp as a tack in his dress taking a great amount of pride in his uniform and he kept his patrol car (always a Chevy) cleaner than anyone on the patrol. He was extremely proud to be a Trooper and I truly am grateful I have the honor to say that I knew him. He will be missed greatly. God bless his family.
Tpr. Sean P. Dwan
Troop D – Deland
Dear Colonel Knight:
As I told you earlier today on the telephone, I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Sgt. Brown. On behalf of the men and women of the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Motor Carrier Compliance, I extend our condolences and prayers to Sgt. Brown’s family, friends, and fellow troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol. It is always a difficult occasion when any officer looses his or her life in the line of duty, and I know you and the fine members of the Patrol will find a special place in providing the love, support, and ministry to the family in the tough days and hours to come. Chris, please know that our prayers will continue, and if we can do anything to make this time easier, please let me know.
In deepest sympathy,
Colonel Graham W. Fountain
FDOT- Motor Carrier Compliance
Our prayers and thoughts are with Sergeant Brown’s family as well as with the entire Florida Highway Patrol family. Please let us know when service arrangements are made, we will honored to send a representative from our department.
Chief Robert Harding
Panama City Beach Police Department
I truly know what you feel right now and please know that I am for you and the Florida Highway Patrol throughout this ordeal. I shall pray for the family of Sergeant George A. (Andy) Brown III and for you. Colonel, as their leader and strength to get through this troubled time.
And please know that Andy, being a child of God, a peacemaker, is right now in “paradise” with his Heavenly Father. So rest in knowing that Andy is okay — for we will see him again. Amen!
Colonel Gary D. Adams
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
My husband and I (Kim & Ken Wixon) wish to express our sympathies in the unfortunate death of Andy Brown. We met and married when I was a dispatcher in the DeLand FHP and Kenny was an auxiliary trooper. Andy was stationed in DeLand then and we both knew him well. Please extend our heartfelt emotion to his family and friends.
It was with great sadness that I read about the death of Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant George A. “Andy” Brown, III. who was killed in the line of duty on April 27, 2004. It proves, like I always tell people, how dangerous your line of work is. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Sgt. Brown, my deepest sympathy is extended to his family as well as his friends and comrads in the troop.
Sincerely, Joe Seelig, cops reporter Highlands Today, Sebring.
My families thoughts and prayers are with your agency, and Sgt. Brown’s Family on the loss of one of our brothers. Im sure he made FHP proud of him, and Im sure he was well liked. I understand he used to work the Volusia county area, and even though I never met Sgt. Brown, many of the Officers I work with remember him and were shocked by the news of his passing. Im certain that the State of Florida has lost not only a good public servant, but a good man as well.
Officer Craig C. Johnson
Orange City Police Department
(Volusia County, FL)
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON THE DEATH OF YOUR LOVED ONE. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
JAX. FL 32205
With our deepest condolences, your brothers and sisters of the New Hampshire State Police, and the New Hampshire Troopers Association. Also, could you please forward any arrangements to us as soon as possible. We are planing on sending a trooper to the funeral.
Sgt. LeLacheur, NHSP
It is my greatest wish I could be there and honor my cousin. His Dad is my mothers only brother. I never knew him as a professional person on the patrol, but as a beloved one of my family. I know he was one of the best that could have served the State of Florida, and I shall miss him so much. I am sure I could not tell the men he served beside his qualities. I leave it to you there to honor him in the way of the traditions of the FHP. I will be there in my heart.
Kathaleen Seifreit McGehee
Weston, Missouri (near KC)
I am british with dual belgian nationality, born and raised in Belgium. I am a retired police chief inspector from the Brussels Capital Police at 57 because I am ill. I discovered on the site officer.com the sad news of the death of Sergeant Georges A ” Andy ” Brown III. I am writing to you to present you my sinceres condolences and to ask you to convey them to George’s mother, father, sister and 13 years old son. I pray for George’s soul, for the members of his family and comrades of the FHP. Please accept all my sympathy during these sad days.
Kenneth J. Heselwood
B e l g i u m (european union)
I am deeply saddened to hear of Sgt. Andy Brown Passing on because of a automobile Collision. I patrolled the same highways and worked with Andy in the seventies. My prayers go out to his family and to his father and mother, may god be with you in this time of need. Mark Darling
I had the great pleasure of meeting Sergeant “Andy” Brown as a counselor while attending the Florida Highway Patrol Academy in 2002. I call him “Andy” because that is how he wanted me to address him. Even though I really only met and talked to him personally once, he was and will always be a very inspirational person in my life and career. He gave me advise that I could use in my personal life and professional life. I could tell by the way he talked about the Florida Highway Patrol that he gave 110% at all times and really believed in his work. Andy truly enjoyed being a Trooper and loved his job. I wish I could tell you all the things that he had given me advise and tips on about being a Trooper. He did not tell me how to cut corners or to get around things, he told me how to do it right the first time. He was very particular about his appearance and how he presented himself. For instance, he gave advise about carrying your wallet while in uniform. He, as I do now, left it in the car. He said that it looked bad to see an ugly bulge sticking out of you back pocket. I’m not sure if anybody else listened to him and his advise, but I sure did. It has already helped me in many ways. I wish now that I was able to tell Andy how much I enjoyed talking to him and really appreciated the advice that he gave to me. I wish I could had the chance to know him better. I will never forget the little memories that I have of Andy. It is a great loss to me now that he is gone. I really feel like I have lost a good friend and brother as a Trooper. My prayers and thoughts are with his closer friends and family.
With Deep Sorrow and Sympathy,
Trooper Dennis Revell
Troop H, Quincy District
My sincerest condolences go out to the family and close friends of Sargent Brown. When Jesus put out his hand to your beloved he put out his and didn’t look back. He is in God’s Kingdom now where he will live forever. My prayers are with his loved ones. May God’s word give you peace in your hearts.
Flemington, New Jersey
To the family and friends of Sergeant Brown and to all of the Florida Highway Patrol,
Please accept our thoughts and condolences regarding your recent loss of Sergeant A. Brown. The loss of such a dedicated public servant and honorable man is felt by his Law Enforcement Family across the nation. His sacrifice will not be forgotten and his memory will live on through the hundred’s of thousand’s of men and women who wear a badge and uniform.
Please forward funeral arrangement and memorial fund information.
Humble Police Department
Harris County, Texas
I am so very sorry to hear and have read about his accident and passing onward to heaven’s gates. Another great member of a great law enforcement organization has left our earthly bonds, but is safely patrolling Heaven’s highways for God.
God Bless Sgt. Brown, his family and friends, and, of course, the Florida Highway Patrol and its employees.
He is gone, but never forgotten!!!!
Charles D. Lowe
I had the pleasure to meet Sgt Brown while attending the academy graduation ceremonies for my nephew. We touched on our mutual love and respect for the Chevrolet Caprice and his reluctance to give up his favorite patrol unit. My nephew kept me posted as to Andy’s accomplishments. I feel I have lost a good friend and a great Trooper. I hope his family knows how many person’s lives he touched in a very positive way. My sincere condolences to his family and to his even larger family of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Albert D. Wimberly
My heartfelt condolences to Andy’s survivors.
Sergeant Jim Rhyne FHP Troop D Orlando
A TRUE GEM OF AN INDIVIDUAL. A TROOPER FOR OTHER TROOPERS TO LOOK UP TO. I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE WITH HIM AS A COUNSELOR AT THE ACADEMY. WITH ANDY THEIR WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT. I WILL MISS HIM.
Seldom in life do we meet someone who has such a lasting impact on us to actually shape our behavior, ideals and ethics. Andy Brown was such an individual, who will be remembered and honored by all who had ever met him. I had the great pleasure of working with Andy on the west side of Volusia County back in the late 70’s and 80’s. Andy with the F.H.P. and myself with the Sheriff’s Office. Always there to help, Andy was an excellent example of a Law Enforcement Officer and friend. I will remember the good times shared.
Bill Hyde, Lt.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Dear Colonel Knight:
I would like to extend my condolences to you and members of the Florida Highway Patrol on behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association for the tragic loss of veteran trooper, Sergeant George A. “Andy” Brown III. We are saddened that this fine officer, who has received numerous commendations for his dedication, professionalism and high regard for the safety of the motoring public, has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the State of Florida as a law enforcement officer.
Again, we are very sorry for your loss of this fine officer and ask that you please extend our condolences to Sergeant Brown’s family and friends.
Harold M. Robbins, Jr.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN;
I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATIES TO SERGEANT ANDY BROWN’S FAMILY AND CURRENT FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS.
I DID NOT KNOW SERGEANT BROWN PERSONALLY BUT WHEN I WAS OUTSIDE AND HEARD A SMALL AIRPLANE I WOULD LOOK UP TO SEE IF OUR BEAR IN THE AIR WAS ON DUTY.
THERE IS NO WAY TO COUNT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO TRAVELED THE FLORIDA HIGHWAYS, THAT THIS MAN SAVED.
MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND THE FHP
RETIRED SERGEANT J. DEESE (FLORIDA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS)
He was one of the good guys. Totally dedicated to the FHP and the people he served. A positive attitude and a ready smile. He passed while doing what he loved. A roll model, he will be missed. J.J. Kane Sr.
To the Family of Sergeant Andy Brown
You are in my prayers!
Dr. Kumari/Infectious Disease
Medical Center Clinic
On behalf of The Curry family we would like send our deepest sympathy to The Brown family in there hour of sorrow. We pray that they keep the faith and remain strong for “Weakness endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” may god continue to bless each of you now and forever more. Amen
The Curry family
Lake City, Fl
I WISH TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO SERGEANT ANDY BROWN’S FAMILY.
TPR. L. OROZCO
It is with great sadness in my heart that I write to you today. As a member of the family, I can recall many stories and compliments about Andy told by my “Uncle Brownie”. Both he and “Brownie” were mentors of mine. I know that he served the FHP proudly as he did his family.
My wish is that God be with the rest of my family as they deal with the pain of losing such a great man. Friday, I will travel to be with my family but regret that it is under these circumstances.
My second wish today is that our Heavenly Father watch over the men and women of your fine organization and protect them as they carry out their duties to protect the citizens of Florida. I also pray that you will be given strength and resolve to continue to lead your “family” through this difficult time.
WELL I JUST WANTED THE FAMILY TO KNOW I’M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THIS ACCIDENT. MY DAD IS A TROOPER IN MIAMI. AND I’M SCARED THAT ONE DAY I’M GOING TO RECEIVE THAT CALL ABOUT MY DAD (TROOPER RAYMOND “RAY” ADDISON). MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
Dear Brother and Sister Officers,
My wife and I wish to extend our deepest condolences and sympathy over the loss of Sgt. Andy Brown. He, his family, and the members of the Florida Highway Patrol, will be in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith and may God bless and keep each of you during this difficult time.
Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland)
Metropolitan Police Department-Washington, D.C. (Retired)
I would like to express my condolences to the family and the other Troopers who have lost a valuable person to our law enforcement community. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Officer Scott Owens
How lucky I am to work with the finest law enforcement entity in the United States. I pray every day for each of the troopers I work with . God must have wanted Sgt. Brown more. May the Brown Family and the FHP be blessed in knowing how many people Sgt. Brown served in his career and how good of a man he was. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Tucker, and Sgt. Brown’s mother and father God Bless you.
Jacksonville Regional Communications Center
Florida Highway Patrol
Colonel Christopher Knight
Florida Highway Patrol
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Colonel Knight:
On behalf of the entire Law Enforcement Committee of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, I would personally like to offer my sincerest sympathy to the Florida State Highway Patrol on the recent loss of Sgt. George Brown, III.
The AAMVA Law Enforcement Committee represents law enforcement officers in every state and province in the United States and Canada in an effort to improve highway safety and national security. Like similar law enforcement organizations, our members are especially sensitive to the loss of a brother officer. We understand the pain endured by his family and home agency.
The AAMVA Law Enforcement Committee joins with the AAMVA membership in praying for comfort to Sgt. Brown’s son and family as well as the Florida Highway Patrol.
Richard Maag, Chair
AAMVA Law Enforcement Committee
Sante Fe, NM 87504
Colonel Christopher Knight
Florida Highway Patrol
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Dear Colonel Knight:
On behalf of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Board of Directors, member jurisdictions, associate members and our entire staff, I would personally like to offer my profound condolences and sorrows to the Florida Highway Patrol on the recent loss of Sgt. George Brown, III.
No one person or organization can remove the pain from the loss of this officer. Please know that the AAMVA extended family stands by the Highway Patrol, the state of Florida, as well as Sgt. Brown’s son, parents and sister. His entire family is in our prayers and has our sympathy.
Linda R. Lewis
President & CEO
As a 10 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol as a dispatcher, and now with Daytona Beach Police Department, I wish to extend my sympathy to your department and Trooper Browns family. I do not know what arrangements have been made for services, however, if any of your Duty Officers need to attend and I can fill in dispatching, please let me know.
Emergency Communications Officer II
Daytona Beach Police Department
I cannot adequately express, in words, how shocked and saddened I was to learn of the loss of Sgt. Andy Brown. Having worked with Sgt. Brown for years as a member of Troop B, I can honestly say that he was a professional in the true sense of the word. I admired Sgt. Brown’s commitment to duty, as well as his commitment to the citizens of the state of Florida. Sgt. Brown was a decent, honest person, who believed in using his position as a State Trooper to make Florida a safer place to live, to raise a family, and to visit. Sgt. Brown was respected by anyone who ever had the chance to meet him. He shall be missed greatly!
Sincerely, Lieutenat Michael A. Juliano (Retired)
My heartfelt condolence goes to the family, friends, and FHP colleagues of Sgt. Brown. May God comfort and protect of all you as you mourn his passing.
GOD BLESS YOUR DEDICATION AND FAITHFUL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL. YOUR TIRELESS EFFORTS HELPING FELLOW TROOPERS, AND FAMILY WILL BE ETCHED IN OUR MINDS FOREVER. A MEMBER WHOSE LOVE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NOW HAVE ALL THAT LOVE RETURNED FROM ALL OF US, AND GOD WILL BE PROUD TO HAVE YOU SERVE AT HIS SIDE IN A LIFE OF ETERNITY, ONE IN WHICH YOU SO RICHLY DESERVE.
IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AND AGAIN GOD BLESS YOU!!
STEVE AND JEANNE VINCENT
Our condolences go out to the Brown family. I had the pleasure of meeting Sgt. Brown when attending a radar course at the academy. He was a very memorable person. God Bless! The law enforcement family has truly lost a gem.
Pamela Blair – Former LEO – Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Michael Blair – FL DOT Motor Carrier Compliance
It was of great shock and sorrow to me when I learned of Andy’s passing. He and I, as well as my entire family were close while Andy lived in Crescent City and had his Highway Patrol plane based in Lake Como at Thunderbird Airpark.
My name is Ive Sauls. Andy kept his plane where my Father, Col. Norris Sauls had an airstrip. Andy was such a friendly and personable guy – we all enjoyed his company and spent a lot of time conversing on many subjects. I would always talk to him about his old green truck and the Highway Patrol Mustang, both of which he kept clean and perfectly maintained at all times. He was always quick to help me out on any automotive projects I had going on. We knew that Andy cared about us all and looked out for us – we all loved Andy Brown.
I really missed Andy after Clay took over flying the plane out of our place. We always enjoyed hearing news about Andy – as every so often we would hear his name mentioned – someone we knew would have seen him or spoken to him, and we would remember back when having Andy around was a daily occurrence. We took comfort in that. He was someone you always looked forward to seeing and talking with. I will miss more now than ever.
May God bless you all and may you know from me, as I am sure you will have heard from countless other messages you have received, that Andy played an important and influential role in many lives, that he made a difference in this world of ours, and that he was deeply loved and appreciated.
Ive Sauls and Family
Lake Como, Florida
I use to work at the FHP Academy a few years ago and had the opportunity to work with Sgt. Andy Brown. Each day that he was there, a smile stayed on my face. We were always laughing. Alot of memories will be with me and I know that he is missed already. I will cherish the fact of just knowing him and how he touched my life in a beautiful way. My blessings go out to his family and I pray that they will look to God for a way to move forward. Take care of them and his co-workers that he left behind to carry on. A friend always,
My sincerest condolences to the members of the Patrol and the family of Sergeant Brown on this tragic loss. As you know, a lost officer is like losing a member of the family, regardless of the agency of employment. As always, you have my support and the support of the Florida Chiefs Association. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to assist….
Larry W. Mathieson, Chief of Police
Ormond Beach Police Department
Ormond Beach, Florida
My condolences to Andy’s family and specially to his 13 year old son whom will be going through troubled times.
I did not know Andy, but I knew of him. I do know that he was one of us. He served this great country as a U.S. Marine and served this state with duty and honor.
May God watch over his son.
Joe Lopez, Sergeant
Florida Highway Patrol
Troop E – Miami
To the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol,
My deepest condolences to SGT Brown’s family and the fine Trooper’s in Florida. May the good Lord look over you all during this hard and difficult time and give you strength to remember the fond memories of SGT Brown during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to the family for losing Sergeant Brown.
May the Sergeant rest in peace in heaven.
USAF POLICE (ret.)
may the lord keep you safe as his “law enforcer”
R I P sgt brown ! !
To Sgt. Andy Brown’s family: My most sincere condolences. Andy Brown was the last of a special kind of man. He will truly be missed. Not only did he inspire me and countless of other troopers to strive to become better, he loved his job and paid the ultimate sacrifice. God has called Sargent Brown home. May God give strength to his family in this dark and sad time and watch over us all.
John P. Carvalho (Class 105)
I am currently an auxiliary police officer with the PortChester Police Department in the state of NewYork. I would like to express my most sincer condolences to the family of SGT Andy Brown and to the FHP. May god bless you all.
FROM THE ASBURY FAMILY, WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY FROM CRESCENT CITY. ANDY MADE AN IMPACT ON ME IN THE 101st. INSTILLING RESPECT, AND MAKING ME APPRECIATE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A FLORIDA STATE TROOPER, I NEVER SAW A TROOPER TAKE CARE OF HIS EQUIPMENT THE WAY HE DID. HE WAS THANKFUL FOR THE PEOPLE AND STATE HE SERVED. HIS PASSING DID NOT REALLY HIT HOME UNTIL MY NEIGHBOR CAME UP TO ME THIS EVENING TO SPEAK WITH ME. HE SPOKE OF WHEN ANDY LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM HIM YEARS AGO AND FOOLED HIM INTO THINKING HIS PATROL CAR WAS A 5.5 LITER PROTOTYPE MUSTANG. ANDY HAD A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND IT WAS VERY INTERESTING, LISTENING TO A MAN SPEAK OF HIM, THAT WAS NEVER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THIS MAN SPOKE OF THE DAY AFTER DAY, DEPENDABLE AND UPRIGHT WORK ETHIC, ANDY HAD ON AND OFF DUTY. ANDY TRULY EXEMPLIFIED A MINISTER OF GOD SPOKEN OF IN ROMANS 13:4. HIS FAMILY IS IN THE PRAYERS OF MINE AND MY CHURCH.
TROOPER J.C. ASBURY, TROOP G – PALATKA
I want to express my condolence to the family. I pray God will help each of you through this very trying and troubling time. Andy will surly be missed by many.
Andy Brown was a dear friend and mentor. Andy, guiding me in my career as a Law Enforcement Officer, stressed the importance of integrity and honor , not only in our profession, but daily life. Andy was much more to me than just a mentor and friend, but he was family, as he stood up in my wedding. Andy was in all sense a brother to me, in profession and in life. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, but we are all better for knowing him. Thanks Andy. God Bless.
Major, US Army Retired
It is with much saddness I send this to the family, both FHP and immediate. Maybe this will help ease the pain. Ron Wedekind
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined
Every dared and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
Pray to trust our Father’s Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth –
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
– Author Unknown –
It is with deep sympathy and sadness that we read about the death of Sgt. Brown. The FHP family is now part of our family. Our thoughts, prayers and tears are with Sgt. Brown�s family.
The Beorlegui Family
Please accept our sincere condolences on your recent loss of Sgt Andy Brown. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends. My God bless and comfort them in their time of needs
Gold Kist, Inc.
Division Quality Assurance Manager
South Georgia Division
I was a member of the 93rd Recruit Class, and the counselor who had the greatest impact on me was Sgt. Andy Brown. His positive attitude and love for FHP was infectious. And this from a man who retired with 26 years, and then came back! He was as “gung-ho” as we (the Recruit Class) were! He told us numerous times “I cant believe they pay me to do this job!”
In my opinion, Sgt Brown was the personification of all that FHP stands for. His loss was a great one to FHP, but his legacy lives on in every Trooper, like myself, that he inspired. In that way, Sgt. Brown will always be 10-8!
My deepest condolences to his family.
Corporal Robert G. Leatherow / 1817-1169
Troop “L”- Ft. Pierce
TO THE FAMILY OF SGT BROWN, I ONLY GOT THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES AT THE ACADEMY. HE MADE ME PROUND TO BE A TROOPER. FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS, YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
TROOPER BRIAN K MARTN
TROOP K ORLANDO
Dear Colonel Knight and the Florida Highway Patrol Family,
My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to Sergeant Andy Brown’s family and to the Florida Highway Patrol Family.
Our son is a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper in Troop G ,because of this our sadness is triple fold in knowing firsthand how hard our Troopers work and the love they have for their jobs. It takes a special person to be a Trooper and we know he was.
Please know our heart and prayers remain with you all.
The Earrey Family
To the Family of Sergeant Andy Brown
You are in my prayers!
Andy, Semper Fi.
Lt. Leonard R. Zimmerer
Troop D DeLand
Our deepest condolences to the family of Sergeant Andy Brown. Many of us may not of had the opportunity to meet this fine trooper, however when reading the many heartfelt words from so many I can tell he was a very special person and friend to so many.
May God send an extra special blessing to the Brown family and protect them as they grieve for their loss.
Pat Bradley, Major
Troop L – FHPA
Dear Colonel Knight and all the officers and staff of the Florida Highway Patrol, You have are sympathy and condolences at the passing of Sergeant Brown.
Your Department will be in are prayers.
Staff and members
Beulah Fire & Rescue
My deepest sympathy’s go out to the family of Andy along with the entire FHP brotherhood.
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the recent loss of Trooper Brown. Things like this are a tragedy and affect the law enforcement community nation wide.
Officer Lance LaPorte
Prichard Police Department
Thanks for the memories.
To Brownie, Betsy, Connie and Tucker:
May God always hold you in the palm of his hand and guide you through each day into a new tomorrow.
We Love You,
Elizabeth and Little Tom
I just drove by Sgt Brown’s crash site. There’s a large yellow ribbon upon one of the trees that says: In Memory of FHP # 271. There’s also a slew of the funeral service flowers out there. Most all the vehicles going by right now are slowing down to look at them and pay their respects.
The FHP lost a good man in Andy Brown III and the Lake City troop lost a very good traffic enforcer. RIP Sergeant… BuzzC ~ Columbia County, Florida USA
I wish to send my deepest sympathies to Sergeant Andy Brown’s family and to all the members of the Florida Highway Patrol. I am from Lake City and knew Sgt Brown through my high school years. I work very closley with some of our troopers here in Franklin County so its just like losing a brother. My prayers are with you all and may god bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Deputy Jim Ward
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Florida
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Sgt Andy Brown III. Also to his extended family the Troopers and Dispatchers of the Florida Highway Patrol my heart goes out to you. As a dispatcher and 15 year veteran of the Orange County Sheriffs Office, I know there is nothing worse than getting that radio call that someone you feel responsible for is injured. It does not matter that we might have never met “face to face” they are still our “guys” and are very protective of them. Hold your head high and be proud of the job you do. You all will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dispatcher/Orange Co SO
To the Brown family,
I had the pleasure and the honor of meeting trooper Brown. He taught me and my fellow recruits how to shoot radar, and how to appropriately go about court room demeanor. An outstanding trooper in every way, looking and dressing sharp. Definitely a role model to me and my fellow recruits. He was significantly taken away from life too soon. I could only imagine how any words from me could help you, through out your grieving process. But let me say this though, in the brief time I met him. I not only respected him and admired him for all he achieved. He also mentioned how much he loved his family which also showed me he wasn’t only an excellent trooper but a good family man. He also carried himself very exemplary to all of us in the academy. With any luck I’ll be half the trooper he was. Because if that’s the case. I’ll will be in the top 1 percent of all troopers in the Florida highway patrol. My deepest condolences in your loss.
Trooper Gabriel Lorenzo
I am sending this condolence to Trooper Brown’s family, as well as to the Florida Highway Patrol family, from the FHP website. I read that Andy’s father was a retired FHP Trooper. And I saw on my local television news (Jacksonville area) the picture of Andy’s son Tucker holding his father’s trooper hat outside the church where the funeral was held. I was moved to tears.
As a native Floridian, Andy’s age, I have long appreciated the fine work of our Florida Highway Patrol. Please extend my sympathy to the family. Thank you….and God be with all of you in your fine work.
Clark A. Thomas
We are so terribly sorry to hear of the awful crash that claimed Sgt. Brown’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God comfort them during this time of sorrow.
Howard (Sgt. FHP Retired) and Dianne Collins
On behalf of the FHP Command Officers Association, Board of Directors, and members, I would like to offer our condolences to the Florida Highway Patrol on the recent loss of Sgt. George A. Brown, III.
Our Association and its membership is available to assist the family of Sgt. Brown. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Steven A. Williams, Sr.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and the entire FHP Brotherhood for their sincerity, professionalism and compassion during the loss of my 1st cousin, Sgt. Andy Brown. Never have we been so moved and yet so at peace. The trooper assigned to us, Sgt. Drawdy, was as professional as he was compassionate. And he quickly became our friend. With Troopers like the FHP has, it’s no wonder Andy just couldn’t seem to retire. Although Andy is now gone, his memory and his dedication will live on in the lives of everyone who knew, respected and loved him. Words will never be able to express the appreciation and admiration we, as his family, have for the FHP and the officers from around the country who attended and/or remembered Andy via e-mails, thoughts and prayers.
Greg Seifreit, Andy’s 1st cousin
I was unable to attend his services last week. I was the County Judge in St. Johns County when Andy was our local pilot. I still remember him explaining to a defendant in a speeding case how he clocked him from the air. When the guy just couldn’t understand, Andy drew the highway on a piece of paper, placed it on the Courtroom floor, held out his arms and started circling the paper, all the while telling the guy he was an airplane. I almost busted a gut trying not to laugh. He was a great guy, and we will miss him.
Judge Robert Mathis
I would like to take just a moment to express my condolences to the family and friends of Andy Brown. Andy loved his job and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him. I will miss his voice on the radio and his words of advice during court. Those that knew Andy Knew that next to his family he loved Law Enforcement and in particular catching speeders. Go with God now Andy he wants you on his force now.
Captain A. F. May
Community Services Bureau
It was with deep regret that I read the information concerning Sergeant Andy Brown. I have been in Law Enforcement since early 1971 and share the passion for the profession as I know Sergeant Brown did. I am also second generation, my dad retired in 1974 and still likes to hear stories from the guys he knows. I wanted to pass along my sincerest condolences to Andy’s Dad and Son. It goes without saying that people like Andy are the back bone of law enforcement and he truly will be missed.
Robert L. Heatwole
Winter Springs Police Department
I served as a Duty Officer in the Ocala District in the 80’s. During that time it was my distinct pleasure to work with Sgt. Andy Brown. FHP will find no finer a pilot nor representative. I wish to send my most heartfelt condolences to his family and co-workers.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Key Management Specialist
KMF / KMC Administrator
Central / Southwest East Areas
Dear Col. Knight:
My family and I would like to thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your moving tribute to SGT Andy Brown, my beloved cousin and best friend. Your kind words and sincerity further demonstrated the “brotherhood” and the closeness of the Florida Highway Patrol. It is no wonder that he (Andy) loved the Patrol and everybody associated with it so much.
I have always had a deep respect and admiration for the FHP beginning early in life with Andy’s father (Cpl. George Brown, Jr.) and later on through Andy himself. I used to ride with Andy in my younger day and before him, I rode with my uncle. So, in some fashion or another, I feel like I have been around the Patrol for much of my life, too.
The service provided by FHP on Friday was unlike anything I have ever witnessed. The outpouring of love and support for Andy’s family was just beyond any words that I can find in my limited vocabulary. It was wonderful and it warmed the hearts of the entire family.
Thank you again, Col. Knight. God bless you and the Florida Highway Patrol.
Michael E. Anderson
Dear Colonel Knight:
I was saddened to learn of the death of Sergeant Brown. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Be assured that his family, you, and the Florida Highway Patrol family are in my prayers.
My condolenses to the family of Sgt. Brown. I had the oppurtunity to meet and speak to Andy a couple of times in person and numerous times over the telephone during my tenure as a Duty Officer in Ocala. He was a pleasant person and an understanding one also. Although we all move on, there is always the memory of people we meet and deal with in our jobs. Sgt. Brown will always remain in mine. May God Bless his family members as well as fellow Brothers on the Patrol and keep us all in His guidance daily.
Duty Officer Supervisor John J. Zappone
Tallahassee Regional Communications Center
HE WAS A BRILLIANT MAN WITH GREAT SENCE OF HUMOR. I LEARNED QUITE A BIT FROM HIM.
TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT
EX-FHP STATE TROOPER
DEAR SGT BROWN WE PRAY EVERY DAY FOR U. THANKS FOR UR TIME SGT ANDY BROWN.
WILLIAM AND DIANA PILARTE
DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FELLOW TROOPERS OF SGT. BROWN. YOU ALL ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
ROBERT W. MARTIN JR
ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
I would just like to express my condolences to the family of Sgt. Andy Brown. I had the pleasure of working with Andy while stationed in St. Augustine. I was truly shocked and saddened when I heard the news of his passing. He made working traffic enforcement with the airplane fun for the troopers on the ground. I still talk about the experiences I had working with him.
Ex-Trooper, Cpl. Willie Washington
I would like to pass on to the family and to all law enforcement officers my sympathy in loosing a GREAT man such as Sgt. Brown. I commend each and every one of you for the service you provide to this state. I also feel that you guys are GROSSLY underpaid for the job you do, just like teachers! Much love to you all and the family of Sgt. Brown.
Ira M. Lockhart
Investigative Security Solutions
As a former Marine and Military Policeman, I send a special “Semper Fi” to Sgt. Brown and his family!
Ira M. Lockhart
Investigative Security Solutions
We would like for the family of Trooper Andy Brown to know that the family of Marion County Fire/ Rescue Has them in our prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss..
Sgt. Tammy Gotcher
Marion County Fire/Rescue
my name is Robert Someillan and i am a volunteer with the Jacksonville sheriff’s office and on behalf of the men and women of the jso i would like to say i am truly sorry for your loss both to the men and women on the job and to his family we are very sorry for your loss
As a life long resident of the great State of Florida, I am grieved to hear the untimely passing of Sergeant Brown and wish to express my heart felt condolences to his surviving loved ones. I did not know Sergeant Brown personally, but have the utmost respect and appreciation for Florida’s law enforcement. One can only be pround to have such an Officer to serve and protect the citizens of Florida.
COL. KNIGHT, JUST A FEW WORDS TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES FOR SGT. BROWN. I FIRST MET ANDY WHEN I WAS IN THE 96TH RECRUIT CLASS WHEN ANDY WAS A COUNSELOR. I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THAT ANDY WAS NOT YOUR TYPICAL TROOPER THAT CAME UP TO SERVE AS A COUNSELOR. HE WAS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION DURING THOSE LONG DAYS. LATER I HAD THE PRIVILAGE TO SERVE AS A COUNSELOR WITH ANDY FOR THE 99TH CLASS. IT WAS DURING THIS TWO WEEKS THAT YOU WERE CHOSEN AS DIRECTOR. ANDY WAS SO PROUD THAT YOU HAD BEEN CHOSEN AND HE WAS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC THAT YOU WOULD BE TAKING OVER AS DIRECTOR. I WAS WORKING THE MORNING ANDY DIED. WHEN WE GOT THE BOLO I IMMEDIATELY PRAYED THAT IT WAS NOT ANDY THAT WAS INVOLVED. SOON AFTER WE LEARNED THAT IT WAS HIM. IN THE LAST TWENTY YEARS , I HAVE ATTENDED MANY SERVICES FOR FALLEN OFFICERS, I AM SORRY THAT I COULD NOT ATTEND ANDY’S. HE WAS EVERYTHING THAT WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE TO BE AS A TROOPER. I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE WITH AS PURE A SENSE OF HUMOR AS ANDY HAD. HE ALWAYS HAD A HUMEROUS STORY TO TELL. HE TOLD ME ONCE THAT HE COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT PATROL GAVE HIM A RACE CAR, TWO GUNS AND SEVERAL COUNTIES TO RUN AROUND IN. THE PATROL WILL CONTINUE ON BUT, ANDY’S POSITION WILL NEVER BE FILLED.
TROOP F LK. PLACID
I had the pleasure of meeting Sgt.Brown towards the end of my academy class. This is not just a terrible loss for FHP, but a devastating loss for all of us. I know he served his country proudly as a U.S. Marine, and the fact that he was one of us goes without saying that he was one of the best. May the lord watch over him and his little boy. He will be in our prayers.
Trooper Ramon Fernandez
Troop-E / Monroe
106th Recruit Class
When I was told about this Web Site and logged on for the first time I was amazed to see how large our family really is; the family of law enforcement. I’ve been in the field for over twenty-five years. I followed in my sister’s footsteps and married an officer. My memories of Andy go a little further back than most. The first time I met Andy is when my sister brought him home and introduced him to our family; we were in our mid teens at the time. I was surprised at how tall he was and he had the biggest brown “teddy bear” eyes! He always drove a Corvette and was so very proud of his machine! As we grew older and life took us in different directions we lost touch with Andy for a few years. Next thing I knew here he was wearing an F.H.P. Trooper’s uniform. Wow! What a handsome role model of an officer. He was spit shined from head to toe. He reminded me of “Walking Tall” because he was such a gentle, caring individual but carried a big stick! No matter how young I was or how old I became he always responded with a, “yes ma’am, no ma’am”. It’s rare to find a gentleman’s gentleman these days. I know he had a purpose here on earth and God must of felt he had fulfilled his duties. It’s soothing to know that when it’s my time to meet my maker that Andy will be there, along with all of our other fallen comrades to greet me, and I’ll be comforted knowing that I am not alone. I commend you for a job well done, you can rest in peace now Andy.
Sgt. Cathy Lambert, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Naples, Fl.
From the City of Phoenix Police Chief
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We had to pleasure of working with Andy for over 20 years. We met Andy when he flew into Thunderbird Airpark looking for a hangar for his patrol plane and we had a maintenance shop there. We immediately became friends and enjoyed our time with Andy, we loved listening to his stories. He was the kind of customer we liked, always wanted his plane clean and maintained by FAA regulations. We shared many things over the years the birth of his son Tucker was definetly one of the proudest days of his life. He used to bring Tucker out to the airport on his Goldwing motorcycle which Tucker called the “momo”.
We were sadden to hear the news of his death. We will miss Andy but feel he has his own wings now.
God Bless Tucker and the entire family and all FHP troopers. We share your sorrow.
John and Jean Snead
From Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs
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I visited your website and viewed the memorial of the troopers that gave their life on the call of duty, what an impact it had on my life.
I am very proud of all of them and wanted to remind you that they did NOT die in vain. Their families should be very proud of them, as I am sure they are.
If you ever need any volunteers for anything in the Tampa area, I will be more than glad to help.
God Bless you all…
In his hands….
I just logged on to the FHP site to see about Sgt. Brown. I remember seeing the display erected last year by troopers at the Nat’l Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, and how some of the troopers there spoke of “Andy.” It moved me to include him in the invocation at the Candlelight Vigil, even though I had not ever met him. I vowed to learn more of his story, but never got to do so, although I often prayed for him, his own family, and his Trooper family. As Police Week approaches this year, and his name is engraved on the wall, I thought of him again. I figured it must be about a year since the accident, and here it was 1 year to the day. The first anniversary is always a special time of remembrance for family, friends, and colleagues. Sometimes it’s a time of healing, sometimes it’s only now that the loss really starts to be felt. Please know that neither Sgt. Brown nor yourselves are forgotten. Finally reading the e-tributes and some of the news stories today has given me the sense that his loss was a great one for so many. It also brings home the meaning of the quote at the Memorial, “It is not how these men died that made them heroes, but how they lived.” First Anniversary blessings to Sgt. Brown’s family. And may the Lord watch over you all at the Florida Highway Patrol.
In His service and yours,
Rev Paul Clifford
Chaplain, Mass. Police Assn.