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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Memorial for Fallen Officers

"Lest we forget, let us pause to remember those corrections employees who have given the ultimate sacrifice for public safety. Let us all be encouraged as we remember and honor their legacy of commitment, dedication, and service. For it is written: There is no greater love than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends."


Honor Roll:

Inspector Allen Bernstein, assigned to the Inspector General's Office in Orlando. He died on August 18, 1993 in an automobile accident as he was enroute to Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach.

Correctional Officer George A. Bocook, assigned to Brevard Correctional Institution, suffered a heart attack while on duty and died on August 15, 1991.

Officer W.R. Brannon shot during an escape attempt at the road prison in Noma, Florida, on August 20, 1948.

Correctional Probation Senior Supervisor Mark B. Brotherton was assigned to the Ft. Myers Probation & Parole office. He was attending training out of town and died of a heart attack on June 22, 2000.

Officer Richard J. Burke stabbed to death on October 12, 1980, at Florida State Prison, as he was escorting death row inmates from their cells to the shower.

Officer Julie Gabor Caddell was on duty at Florida State Prison near Starke when she suffered a heart attack during a confrontation with an unruly inmate. She died on September 22, 1974.

Officer Hewey R. Clemmons, Jr. died of a heart attack on September 30, 1990, after an altercation with an inmate at Calhoun Correctional Institution.

Lieutenant Charles Andrew Cooper had a heart attack and died on September 15, 1988, during First Responder training exercises at the Forehand Training Center. Lieutenant Cooper was employed at Cross City Correctional Institution.

Officer Melo-Dee Copeland collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack on February 26, 1998, after she conducted inmate count procedures. Officer Copeland worked at Wakulla Correctional Institution.

Kirk A. Cummings, Behavioral Specialist, died of an apparent heart attack while at work on March 25, 2011.  He was employed at Union CI since 8/2/02.

Sergeant John "Steve" Dennard was attacked by inmates on May 5, 1983, in the main housing unit office at Union Correctional Institution. Sergeant Dennard was stabbed several times with a sharp instrument and died after being transported by helicopter to the hospital.

Officer Grant Dohner killed during an escape attempt at Loxahatchee Road Prison on January 15, 1953. Two inmates were later convicted of his murder.

Probation Officer Lee Chuck Dunn, assigned to the Lake Wales Probation and Parole Office. He died in an automobile accident on January 24, 2000 as he was performing his duties as a community control officer.

Officer Hoyt L. Ergle accidentally shot in the neck on July 19, 1958, while on the firing range. The bullet severed his spinal cord and he was declared a permanent paraplegic. The incident occurred at Avon Park Correctional Institution. He died on December 15, 1987.

Officer Donna Fitzgerald was killed by an inmate on June 25, 2008, at Tomoka Correctional Institution.

Officer Charlie T. Foster was on duty at the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler when he suffered a heart attack and died on November 27, 1976.

Arlene Fox, a Registered Nursing Consultant who worked in Central Office’s Bureau of Health Services, died of acute heart failure on September 19, 2007 while attending training in Tallahassee.  

Assistant Superintendent James G. Godwin shot during an escape attempt at Florida State Prison on April 4, 1955.

Officer John F. Gradon injured during a January 15, 1953, escape attempt at Loxachatchee Road Prison. Fellow officer Grand Dohner was killed during the same incident.

Officer Fred S. Griffis along with an armed escort officer, was jumped by two males both armed with handguns. They disarmed the armed officer, and Officer Griffis refused to give up the keys to unlock the van to free an inmate. He tossed the keys away and was shot and killed by the suspects in West Palm Beach on June 24, 1987. Officer Griffis was employed at Glades Correctional Institution.

Sergeant Kenneth M. Hendrick broke up a fight between inmates and as he escorted one of them back to his cell he collapsed with an apparent heart attack on January 28, 1993. He was employed at Marion Correctional Institution.

Officer William Henry Hunt shot by an escaped prisoner on June 8, 1945, and died of his wounds on August 28, 1945. He was stationed at the road prison in Perry, Florida.

Officer Lauriston F. Hustus while supervising an inside inmate work squad, suffered a fatal heart attack on July 16, 1980. The incident occurred at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution.

Officer Paul Jordan collapsed and died of a heart attack on January 24, 1976, after shooting escapees, killing one. He was employed at the Reception & Medical Center.

Officer Darla Lathrem was killed on June 11, 2003 during an escape attempt at Charlotte Correctional Institution.

Colonel Greg G. Malloy was mortally wounded on February 2, 2011 in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect of a double-homicide. He was in the process of tracking the suspect with the Holmes Correctional Institution K-9 team.

Officer Michael J. McCarthy, assigned to Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, was enrolled in basic recruit training when he suffered a heart attack and died on May 13, 2000.

Dr. Joseph O'Lone was on duty at Jefferson Correctional Institution in Monticello when he suffered a heart attack and died on December 14, 1995.

Officer Larry L. Oliver suffered a massive heart attack and passed away while on duty at Hamilton Correctional Institution on May 12, 1998.

Captain James W. Parr drowned on August 11, 1966, while chasing an escapee across a canal. He was employed at Pompano Road Prison.

Officer Donald L. Pawlizak was injured, then died from complications from surgery on April 21, 1983. Officer Pawlizak was employed at Big Pine Key Road Prison.

Correctional Officer Adam Sanderson was killed in an automobile crash on March 6, 2009, when the driver of a vehicle fleeing the scene of a stabbing struck the Department of Corrections van he was driving head-on in Union County. Officer Sanderson, a 10-year veteran of Corrections, was participating in a mock escape drill at the time. He was employed at Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler.

Probation Officer Michael P. Serano was in an automobile accident in Cooper City, on January 6, 1984. Officer Serano was in the field visiting homes of offenders under his supervision.

Officer William H. Shaw was on duty at Florida State Prison near Starke when he suffered a heart attack and died on July 18, 1998.

Sergeant Steven Francis Slater was on duty at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, FL when he suffered a heart attack and died on July 3, 2004.

Officer Howard D. Starling collapsed and died of a heart attack on July 2, 1964, while chasing an escapee in a swamp. He was employed at Florida State Prison.

Captain Ike Steel was stabbed by an inmate at the road prison in Panama City, Florida, on September 3, 1928. Captain Steel died from knife wounds three days later on September 6, 1928.

Lester B. Sumner a foreman supervising inmates for Fort Myers Road Prison, was killed by three inmates during their escape on April 26, 1965.

Probation Supervisor Bjorn T. Svenson fatally shot, receiving multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body, while in the parking lot of the North Miami Probation and Parole Office on August 31, 1982.

Sergeant Ruben Howard Thomas III was fatally injured after being stabbed by an inmate on March 18, 2012. He was employed at Columbia Correctional Institution.

Officer Julian Vazquez was on duty at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach when he suffered an aneurysm and died on April 30, 2000.

Jackie Whitlock a Vocational Teacher in Food Service at DeSoto Correctional Institution, had a heart attack and died while on duty on October 1, 1998.

Robert E. Wiedeman was a prison chaplain for 23 years before becoming a Correctional Officer in 2008. He was assigned to Charlotte Correctional Institution when he died of a heart attack during physical training exercises on October 28, 2008.

Officer Jerome A. Williams was attending the Correctional Training Institute in Raiford, preparing to be a correctional officer. On July 26, 1995, Officer Williams and other institute attendees witnessed a man assaulting a fellow trainee in Starke, FL. Officer Williams attempted to talk him out of assaulting the woman. The assailant responded by firing at Officer Williams. Officer Williams was shot in the back three times and died shortly thereafter.

Sumter C I's Honor Guard is reflected in the granite memorial wall with the 41 engraved
Sumter C I's Honor Guard is reflected in the granite memorial wall with the 41 engraved names of our fallen officers and employees. (Photo by OIT's Regina Blackstock.)



Man playing TAPS in front of our Fallen Officers Memorial.
Wakulla CI's CO Gregory Cummings played TAPS at the memorial ceremony.



Flowers on monument steps
Both Community Corrections and Institutions provided escorts for the families at the service. (L to R): Region I Community Corrections Director Barry Groves, Quincy P&P CPSS May Andrews, Tallahassee North P&P CPS Jeryl Payne and CPO Stacie Symonds, and Tallahassee South CPSO Jennefer Thurber.


Portraits of those being honored were displayed at the memorial.
Portraits of those being honored were displayed at the memorial.


The flowers in the wreath represent each of the lives lost.
The flowers in the wreath represent each of the lives lost.


Wakulla Academy recruits attended the ceremonies.
Wakulla Academy recruits attended the ceremonies.


Lest we forget.
Lest we forget.