Sgt. Christopher Reyka, 51, was shot and killed outside a Pompano Beach drug store early on the morning of August 10, 2007 while checking license plates for possible stolen vehicles.
Throughout his 18-year law enforcement career, Sgt. Reyka was highly praised by his superiors and peers for his steadfast dedication, keen eye and reliability. In October 2001 and again in April 2007, he was honored as BSO's Employee of the Month. He worked in various areas including road patrol, the Selective Enforcement Team, Criminal Investigations and auto crimes in Pompano Beach, and was an avid participant in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. In October 2006, he graduated from BSO's Supervisor Leadership Academy.
A native of Ohio, he was a 1974 graduate of Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was hired by the former Pompano Beach Police Department in December 1989 and joined the Broward Sheriff's Office in August 1999 when that department merged with BSO. He was promoted to sergeant on June 16, 2004.
A scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and member of St. Therese de Lisieux Church in Wellington, Sgt. Reyka is survived by Kim, his wife of 22 years, two daughters and two sons.
More than 4,000 law enforcement officers and citizens attended Sgt. Reyka's funeral service held at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise on August 15, 2007. He was characterized as one of BSO's best and brightest during the eulogy.
The Sergeant Christopher Reyka Memorial Education Fund has been established at the Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County. The fund will be used to support the education of his four children.