Fallen officers honored during Tuesday ceremony

0514_COMPLEX_7333During the Tuesday morning ceremony, naming the Neil J Perry Criminal Justice Complex, fallen law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in St Johns County were also remembered.

Family and friends of law enforcement officers and family members of those who have died attended.

Undersheriff Joel Bolante read a list of the names of 13 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in the county. Deputy Guy White is the first deputy believed to have died in the line of duty in the county. He was shot March 5, 1911, while investigating a disturbance on a passenger train. The last was Deputy James L. Anderson, who died on Jan. 14, 2010, in a vehicle crash while on his way to work.

Officers who have died in the line of duty:

Deputy Abe Schneider – March 5, 1911

Deputy Guy White – March 5, 1911

Deputy P.A. Turlington – Nov. 4, 1927

Deputy Lamar Knight – May 7, 1933

Deputy Frank Quigley – May 7, 1933

Deputy Harold Hart – April 13, 1968

Deputy Beach Marshall Ron Parker – Jan. 12, 1975

Trooper Merle J. Cook – July 13, 1981

Trooper Robert L. Pruitt – July 13, 1981

Trooper Cleo L. Tomlinson, Jr. – July 13, 1981

Deputy Joseph Solano – Feb. 12, 1983

Deputy Joshua Blyler – May 2, 2004

Deputy James L. Anderson – Jan. 14, 2010

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