MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FOUR DECEASED DEPUTIES
A brief memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001,in honor of four Broward Sheriff's Office deputies killed in the line of duty, including our two most recent on-duty deaths, Deputy Michael Metroka and Deputy Michael Doane, who were both killed in car crashes.
Deputy Michael Doane died on Christmas Eve, 1999 as a result of massive injuries he suffered 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, colliding head-on with two parked vehicles.
Deputy Michael Metroka died December 15, 1997 from injuries he sustained in an on-duty hit-and-run car crash on November 29th. Dep. 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.
Deputy Patrick Behan died November 13, 1990, after a juvenile shot him in the face as he wrote a report while parked in front of a Pembroke Park convenience store. The young murderer and his friend had acquired a handgun and they dared each other to approach Deputy Behan and shoot him.
Deputy James Hillberry, at 30 years of age, became the second Broward Sheriff=s Office deputy to be killed in the line of duty when he was fatally wounded on Dec. 4, 1964. During a Aroutine@ traffic stop, a scuffle ensued and the suspect managed to gain control of Dep. Hillberry's gun. He was shot once in the chest.
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.
This report by
Jim Leljedal / PIO