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Deputy Sheriff John Charles Mecklenburg | Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

John Charles Mecklenburg

Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 1099

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 7/3/2011

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Apprehended; sentenced to life in prison

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Deputy John Mecklenburg was killed in an automobile accident in Pasco County while involved in a vehicle pursuit.

Officers from the Brooksville Police Department had started pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 41 at approximately 4:40 am. Deputies joined in the pursuit and attempted a PIT maneuver on the vehicle. The suspect driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued to flee. Deputy Mecklenburg continued to pursuit the vehicle into Pasco County. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Painter Road.

His cruiser caught fire upon impact, but other officers in the pursuit were able to extinguish the flames. He was flown to a hospital in Tampa where he succumbed to his injuries. Another deputy was also injured earlier in the pursuit when his vehicle crashed.

The suspect driver of the vehicle was arrested by members of the Florida Highway Patrol a short time later after being pursued through four counties. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Mecklenburg was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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John, It was an honor riding to honor you during the 2012 Police Unity Tour. To make sure your name is forever engraved on the memorial, never to be forgotten. I often think of that rainy day in July, standing as you were laid to rest. We all miss you and hope you are at peace. Don't worry brother..We got this from here.

Police Officer Stephen Greenwood
Middletown P.D., Middletown NJ
September 27, 2012

 

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