Brevard County Commission Recognizes Brevard’s Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes

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It is a time to pay tribute to so many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends

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.

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.

Brevard County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi, above, 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.
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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).

Brevard County Deputy Sheriff, Barbara Pill, 52, was shot and killed on a residential street in Melbourne by petty thieves on March 6, 2012. Every day and night, law enforcement officers don the tools of their trade, kiss their family goodbye and hit the mean streets on our behalf –thinking they’ll be home again later that day. But for 160-170 police officers a year, that won’t happen. A cop never knows what awaits them from behind the wheel of their patrol car, a dark alley, or a 911 call. (Brevard County Sheriff’s Department image)
We honor these Heroes along with their families who will forever be remembered for their sacrifices and support. (Images for SpaceCoastDaily.com)
Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent Kevin Stanton’s life was taken when he died in the line of duty. Kevin was an incredible son, brother, a tremendous Deputy Sheriff and an amazing friend to all who knew him.

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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