BSO HOLDS MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FALLEN HEROES
DATE: April 12, 2013 PIO NUMBER: 13-4-8
The Broward Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. May 2 to honor six former Broward law enforcement officers and six fire rescue personnel.
10 a.m., May 2, 2013
Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Dania Town Marshal John Clifton, 50, was shot and killed while handling a domestic violence dispute on March 7, 1914, when Dania was still part of Dade County. Marshal Clifton received a report that a man named Bill Walker was threatening to kill a woman on the town’s west side. Marshal Clifton found Walker, but he refused to be arrested. The lawman fired his pistol at Walker’s feet. Either Walker or his friend fired back, and Marshal Clifton was killed.
Officer James T. Thomas was a member of the Dania Police Department. On April 19, 1977, he was waiting outside the Little General convenience store on Griffin Road near State Road 7 for his brother-in-law, the store’s night clerk. He encountered two would-be robbers, and one fired a single, fatal shot at the officer, who was off duty at the time. The murder went unsolved for five years until 1982 when members of the Outlaw motorcycle gang were implicated through fingerprints and eye-witness identification.
Deputy Worth “Joe” Edwards was born in Broward County and in 1967 he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office, starting as a transport deputy, moving to road patrol in 1968 and joining the Civil Division in 1974. Deputy Edwards was off duty on March 15th, 1980, when a citizen told him that four young men in a car were trying to sell guns outside a Broward Boulevard tire store. Deputy Edwards approached the car and 19-year-old Ricky Washington shot and killed him. Washington was quickly apprehended and convicted and is now serving a sentence of life in prison.
Paramedic Gary Liszewski had been with Broward Fire Rescue for five years when he suffered a heart attack while on duty at the fire station. A man who served as a training officer and lived to save the lives of others, he could not be saved despite the valiant efforts of his fellow firefighters. Paramedic Liszewski was 35 years old when he died in 1987.
Deputy John “Jack” Greeney III died on February 17, 1990 after responding to an armed robbery at Church’s Fried Chicken on West Broward Boulevard. Deputy Greeney was shot and killed during a gun fight with two suspects. The shooters were caught, tried and convicted.
Driver Engineer Timothy J. Schaefer was born in Miami and attended Nova schools in Broward County, became a volunteer fireman in 1981 and joined Broward County Fire Rescue in 1984. Driver Engineer Schaefer became a certified paramedic and taught at the fire academy. He loved his job nearly as much as his family – a son, daughter and wife. He died of cancer in 2001 at age 38.
Lieutenant Major Hallmon Jr. was born in Miami and moved to Pompano Beach in 1969. His firefighting career started in 1972 when he became chief of a volunteer department in Collier County. Lt. Hallmon joined Broward County Fire Rescue in 1981 and served for 20 years until he was sidelined by illness. A man with many friends, he left behind two children and his wife of 38 years when he passed away in 2002.
Deputy Philip Guy Billings joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2001. He had been with BSO for 18-months when he accepted an extra-duty security detail at Coral Cadillac in Pompano Beach. During this late night shift, he encountered two habitual criminals trying to steal custom wheels. As he approached with his weapon drawn, Deputy Billings was shot twice and died at age 25. Four days after the cold-blooded killing, as BSO and Palm Beach County deputies closed in on the suspects, they died in a murder-suicide.
Paramedic Sherman Newberry was among the first five paramedics to be sworn in as a member of Broward County Emergency Medical Services, beginning his service on February 8, 1972 at the age of 21. During his 33-year career, he always tried to deliver the best emergency medical care possible. In 2003, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he succumbed to the disease at the age of 54 on January 3, 2005.
Lieutenant Rick Scorgie joined the Cooper City Fire Department in 1986 after serving as a volunteer firefighter with Coral Springs. He later became a state certified paramedic and then a state certified fire instructor. He was active in the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and was a well-known instructor of weapons of mass destruction, urban search & rescue and homeland security classes at the local, state and national levels. Lt. Scorgie was named firefighter of the month shortly before he passed away in May 2005.
Deputy Ryan Seguin, 23, was on duty on February 15, 2006 when he stopped a vehicle for speeding on westbound I-595 near the Southwest 136 Avenue exit. Deputy Seguin positioned his BSO patrol car in a safety zone between the highway and merging traffic and approached the driver on foot. A passing motorist struck and killed the deputy. As a lasting tribute, Deputy Seguin’s co-workers erected a roadside memorial to honor his memory.
Lieutenant Mark Freeman joined Broward County Emergency Medical Service in May 1984. He served as a lieutenant for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue in West Park. Known for a tremendous strength of character, a solid work ethic and a gentle nature, he was a respected firefighter/paramedic. Lt. Freeman lost his battle with cancer in March 2006 at age 45.
During the service, Sheriff Scott Israel and others will say a few words in remembrance of the fallen heroes and will acknowledge and observe the National Day of Prayer.
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