BSO’s Lives and Losses Remembered at Memorial Ceremonies

May 7, 2008

BSO’s Lives and Losses Remembered at Memorial Ceremonies

BSO’s Lives and Losses Remembered at Memorial Ceremonies

The Broward Sheriff’s Office was well represented at memorial services held May 2nd in Davie and May 4th and 5th in Tallahassee.

BSO members were embraced by fellow law enforcement officers and supporters who understand that our agency has suffered more loss than any other in the past couple of years.  With the deaths of Sgt. Chris Reyka and Dep. Paul Rein last year and deputies Brian Tephford and Ryan Seguin the year before, we earned the sad distinction of being hardest hit.  But, for the large contingent of BSO members, families and friends, the ceremonies were an uplifting and positive reminder that our work is important and appreciated.

At the Friday evening ceremony at the Institute of Public Safety in Davie, Det. Maury Hernandez, who continues a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head during a traffic stop in August, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Kim Reyka spoke eloquently of surviving the loss of her husband.  Sheriff Lamberti hosted the standing-room-only service, and Chaplain Rick Braswell led the observers in prayer.

At the Sunday evening candlelight service in Tallahassee, Maury Hernandez stood on the steps of the old capital, representing all Florida officers wounded on duty.  Survivors, including the Reykas and the Rein, Seguin, Tephford and Billings families, also took places on the steps and in the courtyard for the moving ceremony.

Monday morning, BSO’s Mounted Unit, Motorcycles, Honor Guard, deputies and civilian personnel joined other law enforcement members in a procession, marching through downtown Tallahassee to the capital for a ceremony including the governor and cabinet.  Bagpipes, songs, prayers, speeches, a 21-gun salute and two bugles playing taps made the service somber but inspiring.  After the hundreds of men and women attending were dismissed, Governor Charlie Crist met briefly with Sheriff Lamberti, Det. Hernandez and others in the BSO family inside the capital lobby.

Our agency will be represented once again when the names of our fallen heroes will be recalled again at the National Peace Officers’ memorial in Washington, DC on May 15th.

First photo: BSO motormen (from left) Mark Shafer, Eric Crompton, Mike Pianelli, Joe Solis, Sgt. Kevin McNesby, Eric Beinkievitz stand with Gov. Charlie Crist.

Second photo: Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, Det. Maury Hernandez and Gov. Charlie Crist

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