On Sunday, July 3, 2011 Deputy John Mecklenburg from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, was killed in an automobile accident in Pasco County while involved in a vehicle pursuit. Officers from the Brooksville Police Department had started pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 41 at approximately 4:40 am. Deputies joined in the pursuit and attempted a PIT maneuver on the vehicle. The suspect driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued to flee. Deputy Mecklenburg continued to pursuit the vehicle into Pasco County. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Painter Road.
Hernando County Deputy – End of Watch Sunday, July 3, 2011
Deputy Aaron Buffardi was killed in a motorcycle accident May 12, 2006 on his way to work as a bailiff at the West Pasco Judicial Center. Deputy Buffardi, 33, joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a detention deputy and later transferred to road patrol. He became a bailiff in 2001. He was assigned to Judge Debra Roberts. Deputy Buffardi was a quiet but popular deputy who loved sports. He is survived by his wife Kelly and their two daughters, Madison and Bailey.
End of Watch Friday, May 12, 2006
On June 29th, 1984 Deputy Albert Walter Zdrojewski (aka “Ski”) began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Ski was a dedicated member serving our community. In February of 1994 Deputy Zdrojewski was injured while fighting with a suspect that he was arresting. Because of his line of duty injury Ski was later forced into early retirement. On February 13, 2005 Deputy Zdrojewski passed away from complications related to his line of duty injury. Deputy Zdrojewski is survived by his loving wife Emily, and four boys Brian, Mark, Kenneth, and John.
End of Watch Sunday, February 13, 2005
At about 2 a.m. on June 1, 2003, Lieutenant Charles “Bo” Harrison was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car in Lacoochee. Lieutenant Harrison was a 31-year veteran of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and was less than two weeks away from retirement. He was the highest ranking African-American deputy in the history of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
“Bo” was a U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam veteran, and a respected and beloved member of not only the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, but of his entire community. He coached youth sports, was a very active member of his church, and received numerous civic and law enforcement awards for his work throughout his career.
Lieutenant Harrison will be greatly missed but he will continue to be an inspiration and role model in the lives of those who knew and worked with him.
End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 2003
On May 29, 2001, 22-year-old Deputy Verle Lloyd Johnson was returning home after working his shift in central Pasco County when he was killed in an automobile accident near Dade City. Deputy Johnson was hired in September 2000 and was a member of the first law enforcement class sponsored by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to attend the Police Academy.
Although he had been on the force less than three months, he will be missed by his fellow deputies and colleagues at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
End of Watch Tuesday, May 29, 2001,
Trooper Crooks was attempting to stop the suspect who had car-jacked another driver when gunfire erupted. Trooper Crooks was struck in the head before exiting his cruiser. The suspect then fled the scene and holed up in a gas station for several hours before committing suicide.
End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1998
Saturday, June 26, 1948 Deputy John Herbert “Bert” McCabe was killed when his patrol car was struck by a truck that had veered into his travel lane. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he died of his injuries. Deputy McCabe was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was survived by his wife.
End of Watch Saturday, June 26, 1948
Deputy William Henry O’Berry was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Hernando County. The suspect was wanted in Pasco County for stealing an automobile. As Deputy O’Berry placed handcuffs on the suspect, the man suddenly ran towards the back of his house. Deputy O’Berry chased the man to the rear of the house where he was shot by the suspect.
The man fled the scene and was able to avoid a massive manhunt. He was arrested in Marion County several days later after being shot while fleeing officers. As the Hernando County sheriff and a deputy returned the suspect from Marion they were accosted by a group of angry citizens. The citizens took custody of the suspect and lynched him.
Deputy O’Berry was survived by his parents and siblings. He is buried in Townsend House Cemetery in Dade City, Florida.
End of Watch Friday, January 1, 1926
Constable Arthur Crenshaw and Federal Prohibition Agent John Waters, of the United States Treasury Department, were shot and killed while investigating illegal stills in Pasco County, Florida. They were shot from ambush as they sat in their car.
Six men, five of them brothers, were arrested and charged with both murders. All were tried but none were convicted. One was shot and killed on February 24th, 1925, by officers raiding a liquor still near the site where Constable Crenshaw and Agent Waters were killed.
Constable Crenshaw was survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother. He is buried in Trilby Cemetery, Trilby, Pasco County, Florida.
End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1922
Federal Prohibition Agent John Van Waters of the United States Treasury Department, and Constable Arthur Crenshaw, were shot and killed while investigating illegal stills in Pasco County, Florida. They were shot from ambush as they sat in their car.
Six men, five of them brothers, were arrested and charged with both murders. All were tried but none were convicted. One was shot and killed on February 24th, 1925, by officers raiding a liquor still near the site where Agent Waters and Constable Crenshaw were killed.
Agent Waters had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and child and is buried in Williams Cemetery, Dade City, Pasco County, Florida.
End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1922
Deputy Shelton “Shelley” Nicks was shot and killed as he accompanied his father, the town marshal of Fivay, to serve a warrant. As the marshal attempted to take the suspect into custody, the man produced a handgun. Seeing the gun, Deputy Nicks immediately jumped in front of his father as the suspect fired a single shot. The shot passed through Deputy Nicks’ body, killing him instantly, and struck his father in the shoulder.
Deputy Nicks was survived by his wife and father and is buried in Brooksville Cemetery in Brooksville, Florida.
End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1909