Brevard County Commission Recognizes Brevard’s Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // May 24, 2020
It is a time to pay tribute to so many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi presented a Resolution to the Board of County Commissioners, which was approved unanimously to recognize May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day based on a Presidential Proclamation and Congressional Resolution in 1962 that designates May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
During the presentation and subsequent passing of the resolution, I was joined by members of our agency and several Brevard County Chief’s of Police as we collectively represented Brevard County’s Law Enforcement Officers in the acceptance of the recognition.
Commissioner Isnardi took great pride in honoring our local fallen heroes and in thanking all of our Law Enforcement Officers who serve us locally each and every day!
Her sentiments were echoed by the entire commission as the resolution was applauded by each Commissioner and those in attendance!
Unfortunately, due to the current national pandemic, the National Ceremony in Washington DC was postponed this year, however Commissioner Isnardi, who is also a frontline public safety member as she proudly serves as a nurse practitioner on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19, wanted to ensure all current and former law enforcement officers were recognized for their service.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C is located at Judiciary Square and honors the sacrifices of nearly 22,000 officers who were taken from us in the line of duty.
The Memorial features a reflecting pool on a 3-acre park, which is surrounded by beautiful walkways where the walls are inscribed with the names of all US law enforcement officers – federal, state, and local – who have died in the line of duty.
This past week, May 11 through May 17, is the annual Police Officer Week, originally created by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to the thousands of Law Enforcement sacrifices.
It is a time to pay tribute to so many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends, all heroes, who gave all they had, and all they will ever have to protect their communities!
They were men and women, no matter what color uniform or shape of badge who bravely stood with one common purpose, the protection of their citizens.
This past week we sadly, yet proudly stood with the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers across our great nation who were honored.
Our BCSO heroes that are etched upon the memorial wall are Lieutenant Amos “Rabbit” Cox (EOW 08/04/1965), Deputy Robert Nicol Jr. (EOW 09/30/1987), Deputy Raymond Warner (EOW 06/13/1996), Sergeant Lucille Ross (EOW 10/08/2004), and Deputy Barbara Pill (EOW 03/06/2012) and Agent Kevin Stanton (EOW 02/17/2018).
Other Brevard County heroes etched upon the wall are:
■ Lieutenant Roy D. Blake, Cocoa Police Department
■ Officer Jack Henry Schnell, Titusville Police Department
■ Officer George Hanchey, Kennedy Space Center
■ Officer Joseph Steven Pellicano, Melbourne Police Department
■ Officer Ronald Midgley Grogan, Palm Bay Police Department
■ Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson, Palm Bay Police Department
■ Officer Stephen Franklin House, Titusville Police Department
■ Officer Charles B. Autry, Cocoa Beach Police Department
■ Officer Philip Jeffrey Flagg, Satellite Beach Police Department
■ Sergeant Ernest Edward Hartman, Satellite Beach Police Department
I would like to personally thank Commissioner Isnardi and the Brevard County Commission for this special recognition and their continued support of our public safety members.
I would also like to thank them and each of you for your commitment to making sure that the memory of the nearly 22,000 who have made the ultimate sacrifice lives on forever in our hearts and prayers!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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