‘Emotional’ and ‘powerful’ ceremonies honor 11 local officers among the hundreds who died in the line of duty last year

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Ceremonies honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year continue through the weekend from the nation’s capital.

The names of eleven fallen local law enforcement officers were engraved on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, including two Nassau County deputies.

Agencies from northeast Florida came together with others from across the country in DC to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Winners included Nassau County Deputies Joshua Moyers and Jack Gwynes.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Moyers was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Gwynes died battling COVID-19.

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“It’s very emotional to experience these events because it’s like you’re relieving the incident again. But it’s something we have to do and support their families and make sure they’re never forgotten. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said.

The names of Moyers and Gwynes were engraved on a wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The name of Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyer can be seen on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)

A total of 619 names were added and acknowledged during Friday’s candlelight vigil.

“Last night’s candlelight vigil was incredibly powerful,” said Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Director Ashley Spicer. “They’ve listed over 600 names of men and women who have died in the line of duty this year. And that was just very special for the families – moving but very touching.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 472 officers were killed in 2021 – the most ever added to the memorial in a single year. Of those deaths, 319 were related to COVID-19.

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An additional 147 officers have died in previous years, and their deaths had not previously been documented until Memorial Fund research staff and a team of volunteers confirmed their law enforcement service records. .

With the additional names added this year, 23,229 officers’ names are engraved on the memorial.

As a tribute, Moyers’ patrol SUV is also in DC. It is painted to honor officers who have died in the line of duty – and will be used by the department honor guard. It is a mark of respect that will live forever.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will pay their respects to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021 at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service beginning Sunday noon.

Below are the names of law enforcement officers in the region that have been added. Plaques were also placed inside the National Museum of Law Enforcement.

  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Gwynes, a bailiff who died after battling COVID-19.
A plaque honoring Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Gwynes can be seen at the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)
A plaque honoring the Auxiliary Sergeant of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Lou Livatino can be seen at the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)
  • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jody Hull who died after battling COVID-19.
  • Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Francisco Celico, who died in 2011.
A plaque honoring Jacksonville Beach Police Department Sgt. Dan Watts can be seen at the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)
A plaque honoring Green Cove Springs Police Department Chief Derek Asdot can be seen at the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX – All rights reserved.)

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