Tallahassee, Fla. — Deputies from across the state salute their fallen brothers and sisters whose names now rest on a memorial wall.
Monday afternoon, 3 names were added to that list.
One of them, Douglas Broxson’s father, Bart Broxson, who died in a car crash while on duty 1959.
“Well my dad, when I was 9 years old was killed on Christmas eve,” said Broxson.
On Monday, Douglas was joined by family members of Deputy William J. Myers and Deputy Soren Sorenson.
When the granite wall was first built in 2002 it originally had 263 names and now there are 359.
Families were presented with flowers and plaques to honor their loved ones.
Douglas says being around these deputies brought back fond memories of his father.
“He was a great man, he was called the preachers sheriff. He never carried a gun, he loved people and he always thought that you could work things out in conversation rather than confrontation,” said Broxson.
And now, he’s glad his family has another place to pay their loved one a visit.
“We honor the people that do this, we know it’s tough work. When something happens like this it’s devastating to the family but to have our brothers and sisters come forward and show their love and appreciation is really meaningful to us. Even almost 60 years later,” said Broxson.
Broxson said he’s going to give the plaque to his eldest brother who also served as a Sheriff.