Retired Jacksonville Police Officer Killed In Automobile Accident
A 52-year-old retired Jacksonville police officer is dead after his vehicle slammed into the side of Chevrolet Suburban that was turning at a stop sign intersection. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the victim was running errands with his 10-year-old daughter when the tragic car accident occurred.
His daughter was listed in serious condition after the accident. The two occupants of the other vehicle, the 73-year-old driver and a 35-year-old passenger, were also listed in serious condition. The police officer was 52-years old.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the officer had been with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) for 30 years before his retirement in 2013. He initially started as a corrections officer in 1983 and became a police officer in 1987.
His wife, who works as a communications supervisor for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Union that her husband was a great husband, dad, brother, grandfather, friend and an “awesome police officer.”
The officer had suffered a heart attack in 2012 while chasing a shoplifting suspect. He survived and returned to work where he became an advocate for CPR training within the ranks and worked closely with the American Heart Association to get that message across.
Farah & Farah in Jacksonville extends its deepest condolences to the family of this public servant who dedicated 30 years of his life to keeping the peace in Jacksonville.
We also hope for the full and speedy recovery of his daughter, who was also seriously injured in this tragic accident.