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BSO CONTINUES TO HONOR ITS FALLEN HEROES

Date: October 11, 2012                                                                  PIO Number: 12-10-12

Philip G. Billings Rededication Ceremony
Photo Op TODAY
10 a.m., October 11, 2012
Port Everglades Administration Building
1850 Eller Drive


On April 6, 2003, Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Philip G. Billings paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was shot and killed after he interrupted a robbery at a car dealership near Pompano Beach. In 2004, a BSO Harbor Patrol boat was christened “Philip G. Billings” in honor of his memory. The Nautica 41’ Cabin Cruiser is no longer in service. The vessel’s last tour of service was during Fleet Week 2012.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Sheriff Al Lamberti, BSO command staff, Port Everglades officials and the parents of Dep. Billings, will attend a rededication ceremony at the Port Everglades Administration Building, where another Harbor Patrol boat will be unveiled and rededicated in his name.
 

Dep. Billings was a member of the Broward Sheriff's Office for 18 months when he was killed while working a security detail at Coral Cadillac near Pompano Beach. After the BSO dispatch center received a call about the shooting at 12:40 a.m. on April 6, a deputy was on the scene two minutes later. Paramedics rushed Dep. Billings to North Broward Medical Center (now the Broward Health North hospital), but doctors were unable to save him.
 

An unprecedented $100,000 reward fund was established for information leading to the arrest of his killer. Two young men suspected in the killing were found dead on April 10, 2003, the same day Dep. Billings was laid to rest. The suspects died as a result of a murder-suicide.
 

Dep. Billings was the twelfth BSO deputy to give his life in the line of duty.

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Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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