Memorial Service Planned
Memorial Service Planned for Line-of-Duty Deaths
Thursday, August 1st / 10:30 a.m.
Ron Cochran Public Safety Building
2601 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
Three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Pompano Beach patrolman, all killed in the line of duty, will be honored at a memorial service on Thursday.
Deputy Arthur Fillebrown was 24 years old when he became the first Broward County deputy to die in the line of duty back on August 26, 1957. He had been on the job for just three weeks - long enough to be trained in those days - and it was his first day alone on patrol. The rookie deputy responded to a call of an overturned truck in a canal at Bailey Road and State Road 7. Running with his lights and siren on, his marked unit collided with a passenger train at the Prospect Road crossing, which had no lights or signals back then. Deputy Fillebrown died instantly.
Deputy Robert Milligan was an experienced and well-respected law enforcement officer when he was shot in the line of duty on August 9th, 1978 and died three days later. He attended high school in Hollywood, and after leaving the U.S. Army, joined the Hollywood Police force, serving from 1949 to 1974. In 1976, he joined the Broward Sheriff's Office as a civil deputy. Deputy Milligan was serving an eviction notice in Lauderhill when he sustained a fatal gunshot wound.
On July 13 1979, Deputy Joseph Conte was ambushed and gunned down while escorting prisoners from the Broward County Jail to a medical office in Fort Lauderdale. One of the inmates - a man whose nickname was “Mad Dog” - had planned an escape. He got his girlfriend to hire a gunman, promising to pay him $15,000, which they did not have, and then he complained of a toothache. As Deputy Conte led the inmate from a detention van to the doctor’s office he was confronted by the gunman and was shot and killed.
Pompano Beach Police Officer Scott Winters was shot and killed July 29, 1990 during a struggle with a violent suspect. Officer Winters and his K9 partner, Baron, were assisting in the search for a man wanted for beating and raping a young girl. When Officer Winters located the suspect a violent struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of his service weapon. He was shot twice below his vest. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death.
During the service, the honor guard will present the colors, a wreath will be hung on the memorial wall, a bugler will play taps, and Sheriff Ken Jenne and others will say a few words in remembrance of the fallen deputies and officer.
This report by
Jim Leljedal / PIO
July 30, 2002 PIO # 02-7-40
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