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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.
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.
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.