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Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski | Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

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Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, May 24, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Executed in 1998

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Officer Thomas Szafranski was shot and killed by a sniper with a high-powered rifle while sitting in his patrol car near Davis Street and Sixth Street.

The sniper shot him in the head in the unprovoked attack. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on March 24th, 1998.

Officer Szafranski had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for six years.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 20, 2016

 

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