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Ceremony honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty

DADE CITY — The public is invited to the 2012 Pasco Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the north lawn of the historic courthouse at 37918 Meridian Ave. The annual memorial provides a time to remember and honor officers killed in the line of duty in Pasco County.

This year a new name is added to the list: Hernando sheriff's Deputy John Mecklenburg, 35, who was killed in 2011 in a car chase that ended in Pasco.

Others whose memories will be honored Friday are:

• 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 County 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 County 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 County 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.

Ceremony honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty 05/02/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:39pm]
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