Deputy Worth Joe Edwards joined the Broward Sheriff's Office in 1967 as a transport deputy, moving to road patrol in 1968 and then joining the civil division in 1974.
Deputy Edwards was off-duty on March 15, 1980, when a resident informed him that four young men were attempting to sell guns outside a retail business on Broward Boulevard. As Deputy Edwards approached the men, he was fatally shot by Ricky Washington, 19, now serving a life sentence in prison.
A lifelong resident of Broward County and a graduate of Dillard High School, Deputy Edwards served in the United States Army and attended Florida A&M University and the Tuskegee Institute, studying architecture. Before his career at BSO, he designed the Mount Bethel Baptist Church which still stands on N.W. 12th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale.