REMEMBERING SERGEANT CHRIS REYKA

This August marks the one-year anniversary of Sergeant Chris Reyka’s tragic death. Sgt. Reyka was brutally gunned down while checking on a suspicious vehicle at a Pompano Beach Walgreen’s. The person or persons responsible for this heinous crime have not been brought to justice.

Throughout his career, Sgt. Reyka was highly praised by his superiors and peers for his dedication to duty. Prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, Sgt. Reyka served with the U.S. Marines. He was an outstanding law man, a courageous American and most importantly – a dedicated family man.

The more than 6,000 members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office mourned the loss of Sgt. Reyka. But, there is nobody that felt his loss more than his family. Sgt. Reyka’s widow, Kim, and their four children: Ashley, Sean, Autumn and Spencer have been left to deal with the aftermath of this senseless tragedy.

In just a 12-month period, the Broward Sheriff’s Office suffered the loss of three deputy sheriffs shot and killed in the line of duty. With more than 30 years of service with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I have never experienced such loss.

Our agency is committed to solving Sgt. Reyka’s homicide, but we need your help. We are certain that someone; somewhere knows who perpetrated this crime. Our agency will never stop working to solve Sgt. Reyka’s murder. I ask you to visit our web site, www.sheriff.org to view a photo of the car we are looking for. There is a substantial reward for the person that leads us to the successful prosecution of the killer or killers. There could be no better reward than giving the Reyka family the closure they deserve.

On Friday, August 8, at 9:00 a.m., the Broward Sheriff’s Office will hold a Sgt. Chris Reyka Rally and March staring at BSO’s Pompano District Office. The march will end at the Walgreen’s where Sgt. Reyka lost his life (2.6 mile march). We are asking all Broward residents and business owners to participate. For details about the event you can visit our web site or call 954.831.8902.

When a law enforcement officer is sworn in to duty he must take an oath to serve and protect. Sgt. Chris Reyka was doing just that when he was taken from us. For his sacrifice we will honor him always – I encourage every Broward County resident to do the same.

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