In Memoriam

The 2014 Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony was held in Lakeland on May 8, 2014. Law enforcement agencies from across the County came to give honor to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Listed below are those members who died while
employed by the Winter Haven Police Department:

  • Officer Gordon Elmer Stotz
  • Officer Joel Wilburn
  • Lieutenant John F. Kerr
  • Lieutenant Wayne S. Rogers
  • Lieutenant James Tugerson
  • Officer Dale Hofmeister
  • Records Clerk Gloria Byrd
  • Lieutenant James P. “Tuff” Tofanelli
  • Officer Johnnie N. Patterson, Jr.
  • Officer Corey Bacon
  • Court Liaison Officer Brenda Barrentine
  • Records Clerk Patricia Denham
  • Officer Frank Storey
  • (01/12/53 – 03/28/56)
  • (09/01/54 – 02/15/72)
  • (06/02/70 – 09/28/77)
  • (09/01/51 – 10/30/77)
  • (11/01/56 – 04/07/83)
  • (03/14/83 – 12/25/83)
  • (04/04/88 – 04/29/89)
  • (03/19/73 – 04/11/96)
  • (06/24/96 – 03/08/97)
  • (02/02/98 – 03/09/02)
  • (10/08/84 – 03/31/02)
  • (01/29/90 – 11/19/04)
  • (08/01/94 – 01/17/07)

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When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention until their story’s told.
Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience let each man have his say.

Lord if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love
protect my children and my wife.