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Florida Sheriffs Association and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at FSA Memorial Ceremony

April 25, 2022

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored the fallen heroes who served the law and the state of Florida in the line of duty. Thirty names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall during the ceremony. FSA President Sheriff Bobby McCallum of Levy County joined sheriffs, community leaders, and the families of these fallen heroes 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 all and to those who put their lives on the line every day. Families and friends came out to pay their tributes to their loved ones while seeing their engraved names on the Memorial Wall.

“Being in law enforcement means you are part of a family. Today, each of these heroes has a large family and an entire state who together are mourning and who are honoring their sacrifice,” said FSA President and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum. “As we reflect at the memorial about the legacy of these leaders, we find comfort in Matthew 5:9, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.’”

This afternoon, 30 names were honored at the FSA Memorial ceremony:

  • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Coby Seckinger| End of Watch: December 14, 2020
  • Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian Faison | End of Watch: January 2, 2021
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Brian LaVigne | End of Watch: January 11, 2021
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jacinto Navarro, Jr. | End of Watch: January 19, 2021
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Sergeant Louis Livatino | End of Watch: January 27, 2021
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Gwynes | End of Watch: February 3, 2021
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Magli | End of Watch: February 17, 2021
  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Shane Owens | End of Watch: March 27, 2021
  • Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mark Elam | End of Watch: April 8, 2021
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Carlos Hernandez | End of Watch: April 11, 2021
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Craig Seijos | End of Watch: August 5, 2021
  • Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Lonny Hempstead | End of Watch: August 10, 2021
  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Nowak | End of Watch: August 12, 2021
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven Mazzotta | End of Watch: August 16, 2021
  • Pasco Sheriff’s Office Detective Raymond Williamson | End of Watch: August 16, 2021
  • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jody Hull, Jr. | End of Watch: August 21, 2021
  • Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Harry Cieszynski, Jr. | End of Watch: August 23, 2021
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Broadhead | End of Watch: August 23, 2021
  • Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Douglas Clark | End of Watch: August 25, 2021
  • Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Webb | End of Watch: August 25, 2021
  • Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Luciano | End of Watch: August 26, 2021
  • Clay County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Clint Seagle | End of Watch: August 29, 2021
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Diaz | End of Watch: August 31, 2021
  • Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tommy Breedlove | End of Watch: September 4, 2021
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Neau | End of Watch: September 5, 2021
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Moyers | End of Watch: September 26, 2021
  • Bay County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tony Bruce | End of Watch: September 27, 2021
  • Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Welge | End of Watch: October 21, 2021
  • Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Francesco Celico | End of Watch: September 9, 2011
  • Collier County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Steven Dodson | End of Watch: August 7, 2017

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.

Visit the FSA website memorial page for more information or if you are interested in joining the mission of the Memorial, we invite you to donate today. The ceremony was broadcasted via Facebook Live on the FSA Facebook page

 

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About Florida Sheriffs Association
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,000 business leaders and 100,000 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 has established and funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. It 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 www.dev.flsheriffs.org.