Courthouses often serve as the home to monuments and memorials of local importance. The Historic Volusia County Courthouse, with entrances on both New York and Indiana Avenues, is no exception. Near the Indiana Avenue, entrance is the Law Enforcement Memorial Volusia and Flagler Counties.
This 3,500-pound marble monument, crafted by Gene Letter, features the names of law enforcement officers from all stripes who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The monument currently contains thirty names.
Dedicated on June 2, 1995, a day designated by Volusia County Council as Law Enforcement Memorial Day, and attended by then state Attorney General Bob Butterworth, the monument serves as reminded of the dangers that law enforcement of all types face every time them go to work.
As then Ponce Inlet Police Chief Todd Hendrickson stated, “I don’t care if your force has 3,000 members or eight like we do, it’s devastating (to lose a fellow officer).”
Over time, I will be researching the story of these officers service and will post a blog entry for them. I will then link the post through their names below. If you have memories of any of these officers, I invite you to leave a respectful comment to this post or use the “contact” function. I would be glad to include your memories in my post.
Sheriff Jefferson D. Kurtz April 25, 1895 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff William K. Kremer December 10, 1898 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff Charles M. Kurtz September 3, 1907 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Deputy William P. Edwards November 5, 1907 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff Frank A. Smith March 18, 1927 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Perry Hall August 21, 1927 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Sheriff George Durrance August 25, 1927 Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Lewis Tanner October 26, 1930 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Officer Benny P. Stricklin January 23, 1931 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Officer L.B. Hall August 28, 1932 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Officer Willie R. Denson April 30, 1937 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Officer Elmer L. Michael February 17, 1942 DeLand Police Department
Detective Harry F. Raines January 13, 1943 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Trooper Edwin Gasque October 26, 1961 Florida Highway Patrol
Deputy Sheriff Alva Hayman May 8, 1974 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant George Tinsley May 7, 1979 DeLand Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Donald Shackelford June 9, 1979 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Sam Etheridge December 25, 1980 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Genovese June 3, 1982 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Officer Greg J. Sorenson July 20, 1982 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Deputy Sheriff Stephen Saboda November 6, 1982 Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Timonty T. Pollard September 22, 1987 Ponce Inlet Police Dept.
Officer Kevin J. Fischer September 4, 1998 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
Deputy Sheriff Charles T. Sease July 5, 2003 Flager County Sheriff’s Office
Trooper Darryl L. Haywood, Sr. October 2, 2004 Florida Highway Patrol
Officer Robert F. Grim, Sr. November 13, 2004 Ormond Beach Police Dept.
Officer Roy L. Nelson, Jr. August 13, 2005 New Smyrna Beach Police Dept.
Officer Donna Fitzgerald June 25, 2008 Florida Dept. of Corrections
Captain John L. McDonough February 16, 2011 Volusia County Beach Patrol
Officer Thomas Michael Coulter May 21, 2018 Daytona Beach Police Dept.
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