Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • "GREATER LOVE HATH NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT WE LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR OUR FELLOW MAN."
    Dear Lord,
    Be with me in my role this day and every day;
    Grant that each weary mile I patrol may ease a brother's way;
    Let me be kindly to the old and to the young be strong;
    But let me triumph over those whose acts are cruel or wrong,
    And when my own last summons comes and I stand in Your court,
    Lord, may my rest with You be long,
    My punishment be short.
    Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
    • Deputy Richard Roach

    • 1848 - August 15, 1874

    • Years of service

    • Deputy Roach was shot and killed as he sat in his chair at his home in the suburbs of Tampa on Saturday night, August 22, 1874. His murder has never been solved.

    • Deputy William E. Whitehurst

    • 1870 - July 4, 1893

    • Years of service

    • Deputy William E. Whitehurst was 23 years old when he became the first Hillsborough County Deputy to be killed in the line of duty. It was said he was "the bravest officer the town ever had." He was not " ... the obnoxious kind that delighted in showing his authority to others, but he believed in doing his duty."

    • Deputy Ed Aulick

    • April 18, 1901 - January 24, 1932

    • Years of service

    • Deputy Aulick died of multiple gun shot wounds sustained while responding to a call for service on his way home from work.

    • Deputy Robert M. Suarez

    • June 8, 1904 - September 3, 1944

    • Years of service

    • Deputy Suarez died of multiple stab and gun shot wounds while attempting to serve civil papers.

    • Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr.

    • February 28, 1923 - July 22, 1962

    • 8 Years of service

    • While attempting a felony arrest, following the issuance of warrants, Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr. was shot and killed by a suspect.

    • Sergeant Donald C. Williams

    • May 21, 1917 - June 12, 1967

    • 6 Years of service

    • While engaged in a riot suppression in the City of Tampa, Sergeant Williams suffered a heart attack and died.

    • Sergeant James Strachinsky

    • February 13, 1912 - September 4, 1969

    • 13 Years of service

    • While attempting to quell a disturbance with a county jail inmate, Sergeant Strachinsky suffered a heart attack and died.

    • Aux. Sgt. Lee A. Hutchinson

    • September 7, 1912 - July 25, 1970

    • 4 Years of service

    • Aux. Sgt. Hutchinson died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident which occurred while en route to an emergency call.

    • Deputy James A. Allen

    • March 27, 1919 - May 21, 1974

    • 9 Years of service

    • Deputy Allen suffered a heart attack and died following a very violent struggle with a jail inmate.

    • Corporal Lemon Harvey

    • April 28, 1947 - December 15, 1981

    • 8 Years of service

    • Deputy Harvey was shot to death in his driveway as he exited his patrol unit at the end of his tour of duty.

    • Deputy Frederick T. Clark

    • November 16, 1952 - May 7, 1987

    • 7 Years of service

    • Deputy Clark died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident which occurred while en route to an in-progress shooting call.

    • Deputy Donna M. Miller

    • February 9, 1961 - May 8, 1987

    • 8 Years of service

    • Deputy Miller died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident which occurred while responding to an in-progress shooting call.

    • Deputy David A. Abella

    • June 19, 1977 - April 21, 2004

    • 1 Years of service

    • Deputy Abella died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred while he was responding to a trespasser call.

    • Sergeant Ronald Harrison

    • August 25, 1951 - August 15, 2007

    • 27 Years of service

    • Sergeant Harrison was shot and killed in his cruiser after leaving a DUI checkpoint in Brandon.

    • Deputy Mark A. Longway

    • May 8, 1962 - September 21, 2010

    • 6 Years of service

    • Deputy Longway died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle crash.

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