Memorial today for officers killed on duty
The public is invited to the 2010 Pasco Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service at 7:30 tonight on the north lawn of the historic courthouse at 37918 Meridian Ave. The annual event is a time to remember and honor officers killed in the line of duty in Pasco County. Those officers include:
• Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison, 56, of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, who was shot and killed June 1, 2003, while on duty in Lacoochee. He served for 31 years and was 15 days from retirement.
• Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks, 23, of the Florida Highway Patrol, who was shot and killed May 19, 1998, chasing a man who had just murdered two Tampa detectives.
• Deputy John Herbert McCabe, 24, of the Pasco Sheriff's Office, who died in a car accident June 26, 1948, while en route to a theft call.
• Deputy William Henry O'Berry, 36, of the Pasco Sheriff's Office, who was shot and killed Jan. 1, 1926, while trying to arrest a suspect.
• Pasco County Constable Arthur "Fleece" Crenshaw, 31, and Prohibition Agent John Van Waters, 46, of the U.S. Department of Justice, who were gunned down Oct. 4, 1922, in an ambush while investigating an illegal alcohol distillery in Dade City.
• Deputy Sheldon S. Nicks, 23, of the Pasco Sheriff's Office, who was shot and killed May 8, 1909, while serving a warrant with his father, the Fivay town marshal, H. Robert Nicks. The suspect shot at Marshal Nicks, but Deputy Nicks jumped in front of his father, saving him.
Local Jesuit High student wins honor
Derek W. Fields, a Dade City teen who attends Jesuit High School in Tampa, has been named a National Merit scholar and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the organization. The honor places him among the top 1 percent of Florida high school students.
Hospice offers free meditation classes
Need to relax? Gulfside Regional Hospice is offering free meditation classes for caregivers and the general public. The courses will be at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month, starting next week, at West Winds Assisted Living, 37411 Eiland Blvd. Nancy Finck, an energy medicine expert, will teach qigong, a meditation practiced in China involving slow, graceful movements with controlled breathing while listening to healing sounds. The classes are for everyone, regardless of any physical ailments. For information or to reserve a spot, call Angela Arden at (813) 245-2372.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.