Daytona Beach, FL – The Daytona Beach Police Department is honoring fallen officers today, both locally and nationwide. Information officer Messod Bendayan said that the ceremony will be held at police headquarters near the memorial, at 129 Valor Blvd. at 4 p.m.
Bendayan also said that the community is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony, “I just want to make this part clear. If you can come out there, we definitely encourage you to do so. I know a lot of our officers, our captains, Chief Capri, our Deputy Chief Young and all of them would most certainly appreciate that kind of support from the community.”
The most recent name added to the list of fallen officers is Thomas Coulter. He passed away during a training session last May. He was part of a brand-new training class which had just started the week prior.
Coulter is the first Daytona Beach police officer to die on duty since 1998 and the ninth since the police department was formed.
A list of those honored at End of Watch: Officer Lewis Tanner – 10/26/1930, Officer Benny Stricklin – 01/23/1931, Officer L.B. Hall – 08/28/1932, Officer Willie Denson – 04/30/1937, Officer Harry Raines – 01/13/1945, Officer Sam Etheredge – 12/25/1980, Officer Gregory Sorenson – 07/26/1982, Officer Kevin Fischer – 09-04-1998 and lastly, Officer Thomas Coulter 05/21/2018.