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Wildlife Officer Michelle A. Lawless | Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida

Wildlife Officer

Michelle A. Lawless

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Accidental

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Officer Michelle Lawless was killed in an ATV accident in the Holeyland / Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area while on patrol for poachers between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Her ATV struck a metal gate and overturned, trapping her underneath.

After she failed to respond to a routine radio check for her location, another officer went to locate her and found her pinned beneath the vehicle. She was flown to a hospital in Delray where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officer Lawless had served with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for five years and was assigned to Broward County.

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Although I never met Michelle, I will riding in her honor for the annual Law-Enforcement United (LEU) bicycle ride during Police Memorial Week in May. Riders are all assigned an Officer to keep their memory and legacy alive during the 250 mile ride from Chesapeake, VA to DC. Prior to being hired by the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office, I seriously considered the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries which is similar to the agency Michelle worked for. I look forward to this opportunity and will do my best to make this a tribute to her spirit.

Captain Glen Strathmann
Chesapeake Sheriff's Office
March 21, 2017


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