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BSO HOLDS MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FALLEN HEROES

                         DATE: Nov. 12, 2013                                                          PIO NUMBER: 13-11-11

10 a.m. Nov. 14, 2013

Public Safety Building

2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Deputy James Hillberry, at 30 years of age, became the second BSO deputy to be killed in the line of duty on Dec. 4, 1964 when he was fatally wounded. During a routine traffic stop, a scuffle ensued and the suspect managed to gain control of Deputy Hillberry’s gun. He was shot once in the chest.

On November 14, 1972, Lauderdale Lakes Officer Jerry Genova, a 30-year-old motorcycle patrolman, suffered massive injuries when he hit a car that turned into his path while he was in pursuit of another motorcycle. The impact split his official police crash helmet, and he was in a coma for five days before he died.

Deputy Tony Yanniello died on October 18, 1984 while responding to a domestic disturbance call near West Hollywood involving a woman who had been beaten by her male companion. The elderly, male suspect shot Deputy Yanniello as he approached the house.

Deputy Patrick Behan died on November 13, 1990 as he sat in his patrol car writing a report. Deputy Behan had responded to a theft at a Pembroke Park convenience store and was in the store’s parking lot when he was shot at point blank range. Formerly with the Boca Raton Police Department, Deputy Behan joined BSO weeks before the shooting.

Deputy Michael Metroka died December 15, 1997 from injuries he sustained in an on-duty hit-and-run car crash on November 29. Deputy Metroka was a member of the BSO K-9 unit, and his loyal partner, Woedon, was with him when the crash occurred. The dog, who survived the impact, remained with his partner until he was extracted from the wreckage and transported to the hospital. 

Battalion Chief Richard “Rick” Korte grew up in Broward County and rose in the fire service from volunteer firefighter in the burgeoning city of Lauderhill to Broward County Battalion Chief. He passed away on October 3, 1999 following a prolonged illness.

Deputy Michael Doane died on Christmas Eve 1999 as a result of massive injuries he suffered in a crash while responding to a nightclub shooting scene in Lauderdale Lakes on December 12, 1999. BSO Deputy Al Hibbert, working outside, confronted the gunman and was shot and wounded. Deputy Doane raced to the scene to help search for the fleeing gunman and was northbound on State Road 7 when he swerved to avoid a car and collided head-on with two parked vehicles.

Deputy Brian Tephford joined BSO in 2001 as a deputy assigned to the Main Jail. In 2003, he transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement and was assigned to BSO’s Tamarac district. On the evening of November 11, 2006, Deputy Tephford was working a special detail when he conducted a traffic stop in a Tamarac apartment building parking lot. Deputy Corey Carbocci arrived as his backup. Moments later, a volley of gunfire erupted, seriously wounding Deputy Carbocci and mortally wounding Deputy Tephford, who was pronounced dead on November 12. At his memorial service, Deputy Tephford was described as a true hero who loved his family and served his community with honor and bravery.

Deputy Paul Rein was shot and killed while conducting a prisoner transport on the morning of November 7, 2007. During his 20-year career with BSO, Deputy Rein worked in the Department of Detention's Central Intake providing prisoner transport. He was a proud member of BSO's Honor Guard. Deputy Rein was well-liked and respected by his colleagues.

During the Thursday morning service, the honor guard will present the colors, a wreath will be hung on the memorial wall, a bugler will play taps and Sheriff Scott Israel, along with others, will say a few words in remembrance.

This report by

Dani Moschella/PIO

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