Satellite Beach Police Remembers Sgt. Ed Hartmann and Officer Phil Flagg, Killed In Line of Duty
By Space Coast Daily // June 12, 2017
killed by drunk driver 25 years ago
BREVARD COUNTY SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – The Satellite Beach Police Department remembered Sergeant E. Edward Hartmann and Officer Philip J. Flagg, who were killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver 25 years ago.
Family and friends of the two officers were invited to a private luncheon at the Pelican Beach Clubhouse. Chief Pearson and others shared their funny stories and treasured memories of both Hartmann and Flagg.
The ceremony then moved to the Atlantic Plaza, across from the location on A1A where the officers lost their lives.
Dozens of family members, friends, and law enforcement officers from Brevard County showed up to pay their respects.
The entire Satellite Beach Police Department was in attendance. There was also an honor guard from the Brevard County Sheriff’s office. Chief Pearson talked about his memories and emotions from 25 years ago.
Donna Hartmann, Ed’s sister, and Sally Flagg, Phil’s mother, also spoke to the gathering
Other speakers included Ryan Palladino, childhood friend of Phil, Bill Respass from the Brevard County State Attorney’s Office, and Sergeant Mike Conner from Indialantic Police Department, who was working as a dispatcher on that tragic day.
The department chaplain Dr. Joe Jursa offered words of comfort and a prayer for those lost. Hartman’s niece Emma Fini sang a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” with a bagpiper from the Brevard Police and Fire Pipe and Drums.
Retired New York police officer Larry McCormick played Taps.
“We honor the service and sacrifice of Sergeant E. Edward Hartmann and Officer Philip J. Flagg. You will never be forgotten,” said the Satellite police Facebook page.
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