Law enforcement groups honor those who died

The scene was somber Tuesday morning in front of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office headquarters building at the Collier County Government Complex.

About 150 people gathered at the Law Enforcement Memorial to honor CCSO officers who have died in the line of duty.

Those attending the ceremony included representatives from the CCSO, Marco Island Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, county fire departments, community leaders and family members of fallen officers.

The event was part of National Police Week, which began Sunday. The nationwide tribute to fallen officers started on Oct. 1, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726.

Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter spoke during Tuesday’s ceremony. He talked about the risk that all law enforcement officers and their families have to take when their loved ones perform their jobs.

MIPD Lt. Matt Goetz and Officer George Williams attended the ceremony.

“It was nice that the sheriff’s office took the time to let families pay tribute to their loved ones,” Goetz said.

He noted that at least one member of the families of each officer who died was present to light a candle in front of their loved one’s picture. Family members also placed a white carnation in a glass vase next to each candle.

Goetz said almost every officer who works at the MIPD has friends or colleagues who have died in the line of duty.

The memorial was dedicated on Oct. 22, 1993. The Board of Collier County Commissioners declared the day as “Law Enforcement Memorial Dedication Day.” Family members, friends and law enforcement officers can visit the memorial that lists the names of 10 deputies who were killed in the line of duty.

Investigator Allen Amos was shot and killed on Dec. 3, 1979 while he was making an arrest near the Immokalee Ranch Feed Lots.

Deputy Maurice Anglin suffered a heart attack during a DWI arrest on Dec. 2, 1972 at State Route 92, four miles north of Goodland.

Cpl. Mark Caperton was killed when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver on Sept. 23, 1984. Caperton was en-route to assist a cab driver who had been assaulted.

Deputy Raul “Rudy” Dimas, Sr. died when his vehicle struck the left rear axle of a flatbed trailer while driving west along Immokalee Road.

Cpl. Med Howell was shot and killed March 29, 1983 after a police chase involving suspects in an armed robbery of a convenience store in Immokalee.

Deputy William Hutto was shot and killed Dec. 24, 1931 while attempting to arrest a group of liquor handlers near the Baron River.

Deputy William Irwin was killed Jan. 20, 1929 when his motorcycle was struck head on by a car in heavy fog.

Sgt. Joe Jones, Jr. died Dec. 13, 1997 after his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on Oil Well Road.

Deputy W.B. Richardson was killed Dec. 14, 1928 when his 1928 Harley Davidson motorcycle struck a bridge while patrolling the Tamiami Trail.

Sgt. Roy Williams died in a single vehicle crash on Aug. 22, 1991 while he was returning from investigating a suspicious aircraft.

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