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Deputy Sheriff Frederick A. Baker | Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Frederick A. Baker

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 9, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Frederick Baker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a group of fugitives in the Everglades, 25 miles north of West Palm Beach. The gang was wanted for crimes spanning several years, including the murders of Deputy Wilber Hendrickson, of the Dade County Sheriff's Department, and Officer John Riblet, of the Miami Police Department, on June 2, 1915.

Deputy Baker was leading a posse when they entered the fugitive gang's camp. As the posse entered the camp, the fugitives opened fire. Deputy Baker and one of the suspects were killed in the shootout.

The remaining fugitives fled into the swamp as their hideout was burned to the ground. On November 1, 1924, the four remaining members of the gang were shot and killed when a posse located them in St. Lucie County.

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Deputy Sheriff Wilber W. Hendrickson
Dade County Sheriff's Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 2, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

Officer John Rhinehart "Bob" Riblet
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End of Watch: Wednesday, June 2, 1915
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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 27, 2016

 

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