Deputy Brian Tephford, 34, a six-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO), died after being shot during a traffic stop while working a special detail in Tamarac. Responding to Deputy Tephford's call for back-up, Deputy Corey Carbocci arrived on-scene to assist. Shortly thereafter, both deputies were fired upon. Neither deputy had a chance to fire his weapon. Deputy Carbocci is expected to make a full recovery.
Following graduation from the 144th Corrections Academy, Deputy Tephford was sworn-in as a BSO detention deputy sheriff in March 2001. Deputy Tephford served in the Main Jail and then transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement as a cadet. He graduated from the 216th Academy in April 2003 and took the oath as a law enforcement deputy sheriff in May 2003.
Assigned to patrol in BSO's District 7, the City of Tamarac, Deputy Tephford was also a member of BSO's Field Force. He was named Employee-of-the-Month in December 2005, and in January 2003, Sheriff Jenne presented him with BSO's prestigious Lifesaving Award for saving an inmate from suicide.
Deputy Tephford leaves behind a 4-year old daughter and young twins. The Deputy Brian Tephford Memorial Fund has been established at the Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County. The fund will be used to create a trust account to be managed outside the foundation to help meet the educational needs of his children.