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DEATH OF BSO SERGEANT TONI CORNETT

Broward Sheriff's Office Sergeant Toni Cornett died Wednesday following a brief yet courageous battle with cancer. She was 33 years old.

Sgt. Cornett began her law enforcement career with BSO in July 1996. Her first assignment after graduating from the academy was as a road patrol deputy in District 8, which encompasses Weston, Southwest Ranches and the surrounding unincorporated areas. She developed exceptional computer skills, which quickly earned her respect and recognition from her colleagues and supervisors. At the district, she took the initiative to develop a computer program that captured detailed information about truants, one reason she was honored as Deputy of the Month in November 1998. She became such an expert at analyzing crime trends in the district, that Sheriff Ken Jenne transferred her to BSO’s elite POWERTRAC unit to do computer crime analysis agencywide. She was promoted to sergeant in March 2001.

Sgt. Cornett was a graduate of Pompano Beach High School and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix while at BSO. No request was too small, and Sgt. Cornett was known for going out of her way to help every employee who asked. Year after year her supervisors described her as “exceptional,” “innovative,” and “tactful and compassionate.”

She is survived by her husband, Jeff, and sons Brandon, 14, and Blake, 10, of Coral Springs; her parents, Jayne and Radford Fox of Brunswick, Georgia, a grandmother, Margaret Fox; and five siblings: Nicole Dixon, Stephanie Smith, Nikki Lyn Wells, Radford Fox, Jr., and Rebecca Fox. Her father retired as a sergeant with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1992.

“Toni’s dedication to this agency was extraordinary,” Sheriff Jenne said. “She was bright, talented, well-liked and well-respected. We are all much richer for having known her and will deeply miss her.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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