BSO Honors Fallen Heroes

October 24, 2008

On Thursday, October 23, hundreds of BSO employees gathered for a service to honor the memories of Deputy Tony Yanniello and Battalion Chief Richard Korte. Dep. Yanniello was killed in the line of duty on October 18, 1984, after responding to a domestic violence call. “It is ironic that October is National Domestic Awareness Month, the same month Dep. Yanniello lost his life helping a victim of this tragic crime. We do more to assist the victims of domestic violence than we did back then, but for law enforcement, responding to these types of calls is just as dangerous,” Sheriff Al Lamberti remarked during the service. Battalion Chief Richard Korte died on October 3, 1999, after a long battle with lung cancer. Battalion Chief Korte served the Broward community through his work in fire service for almost 30 years. He was an expert in his field and is responsible for the development of numerous fire codes in effect today in Broward County. “Chief Korte’s love of fire rescue came only second to the love of his family,” said Chaplain Rick Braswell.

Photo caption: Sheriff Al Lamberti presents the family of Battalion Chief Richard Korte with a symbolic rose to honor his memory during the memorial service.

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