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Officers killed in the line of duty

Page of Honor

Too many of our Fort Lauderdale police officers have been killed in the line of duty. This page is established to honor those officers who have given their lives in service to the citizens of Fort Lauderdale.

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Sergeant R. DWIGHT JOHNSTON

Date of Birth - May 12, 1915
Date of Death - April 5, 1947
Number of Years Served - Four Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Unknown
Number of Children at Time of Death - Unknown
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police motorcycle accident
Click to Enlarge Parking Enforcement Officer PATSY O'NEIL

Date of Death - November 13, 1964
Number of Children at Time of Death - Two
Circumstances Surrounding Death - died as a result of injuries she received when the Cushman Cycle she was operating was struck by a reckless driver, throwing her Cushman into the path of a second vehicle.
Click to Enlarge Motorman DONALD E. KIRBY, JR.

Date of Birth - May 31, 1942
Date of Death - October 9, 1968
Number of Years Served - Two Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - Two
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police motorcycle accident
Click to Enlarge Patrolman WALTER D. ILLYANKOFF

Date of Birth - November 8, 1933
Date of Death - July 21, 1974
Number of Years Served - Fourteen Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - One Son
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Shot during an armed robbery
Click to Enlarge Sergeant GREGORY J. CONNERS

Date of Birth - April 2, 1946
Date of Death - November 12, 1977
Number of Years Served - Five Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - One Daughter
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police motorcycle accident
Click to Enlarge Patrolman KENNETH PETERSEN

Date of Birth - May 30, 1936
Date of Death - August 3, 1981
Number of Years Served - Twenty Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - Two Sons
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police plane crash
Click to Enlarge Patrolman JOHN C. ALEXANDER

Date of Birth - June 12, 1948
Date of Death - August 3, 1981
Number of Years Served - Eight Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - None
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police plane crash
Click to Enlarge Motorman CHARLES E. BRUCE

Date of Birth - October 13, 1936
Date of Death - August 24, 1983
Number of Years Served - Twenty Two Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - Three Sons and One Daughter
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police motorcycle accident
Click to Enlarge Detective NORMAN L. EDDY

Date of Birth - June 23, 1945
Date of Death - May 25, 1989
Number of Years Served - Ten Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - One Son and One Daughter
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police plane crash
Click to Enlarge Patrolman FRANK A. MASTRANGELO, JR.

Date of Birth - November 4, 1955
Date of Death - May 25, 1989
Number of Years Served - Ten Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - None
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Police plane crash
Click to Enlarge Motorman DAVID L. BROWER

Date of Birth - February 2, 1947
Date of Death - December 29, 1994
Number of Years Served - 14 Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - 1
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Motorcycle accident
Click to Enlarge Officer BRYANT PENEY

Date of Birth - July 27, 1968
Date of Death - January 6, 1996
Number of Years Served - 6 Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Single
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Shot while conducting an investigation
Click to Enlarge Officer JOSE A. DIAZ

Date of Birth - May 13, 1968
Date of Death - October 8, 2005
Number of Years Served - 2 1/2 Years
Marital Status at Time of Death - Married
Number of Children at Time of Death - 2
Circumstances Surrounding Death - Died while conducting a felony traffic stop