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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Pasco Tribune

Fallen officers remembered in Pasco County


— Eight officers killed in the line of duty in Pasco County were honored at the 2014 Pasco Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service on Friday morning at the Historic Courthouse.

The officers honored at the service included Deputy Sheriff Shelly Nicks, who was killed in 1909, and Hernando County Deputy Sheriff John Mecklenburg, who was killed in July 2011 after his car sped out of control while pursuing a suspect on U.S. Highway 41.

“Once a year we in Pasco have a formal memorial to remember those that gave their ultimate sacrifice,” said Sheriff Chris Nocco. “We should, however, every day think about those heroes and their families that have sacrificed so much to protect others.”

Other officers honored at the ceremony were:

Lt. Charles Bo Harrison/Pasco Sheriff’s Office: On June 1, 2003, Harrison, 56, was shot and killed while on surveillance about 2 a.m. near a nightclub on U.S. Route 301 in Lacoochee.

Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks/Florida Highway Patrol End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998: Trooper “Brad” Crooks, 23, was shot and killed while in a chase of a suspect who had just killed two Tampa detectives, Randy Bell and Ricky Childers. Trooper Crooks was attempting to stop the suspect who had car-jacked another vehicle when he was shot.

Pasco Deputy John Herbert McCabe: On June 26, 1948, McCabe, 24, died from injuries sustained in an on-duty vehicle crash on U.S. 41 in Drexel/Land O’ Lakes in response to a call about some stolen orange grove heaters.

Pasco Deputy William Henry O’Berry: On Jan. 1, 1926, O’Berry, 36, was shot and killed while investigating a Pasco County felony. The suspect resisted arrest as O’Berry placed one handcuff on the suspect’s wrist. The suspect fled behind a turpentine still facility as the deputy pursued. Behind the building, the suspect shot O’ Berry in the neck.

Pasco County Constable Arthur Fleece Crenshaw and Prohibition Agent John Van Waters federal Department of Justice — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives: On Oct. 4, 1922, Crenshaw, 31, of Trilby, and Van Waters, 46, of Dade City were shot and killed during an ambush as they returned from an investigation northeast of Dade City.