Officer David Henry Reese

Officer David Henry Reese

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 28, 1970

David Henry Reese

Officer David Reese was killed in a motorcycle accident in downtown when he collided with a truck at the intersection of Bay Street and Liberty Street.

Officer Reese and his partner had been assigned to retrieve court documents and after placing them in the back of his motorcycle he began to make his way back to the JSO Building. When Officer Reese pulled away he realized that his partner's motorcycle had failed to start and paused for a moment before entering an intersection. As he entered the intersection a semi-trailer ran the red light and struck Officer Reese, dragging him over 175 feet. Officer Reese incurred massive head trauma.

The driver of the truck received only a ticket, however, the family sued the trucking company and received a monetary award.

Officer Reese had served with the agency for six years and had previously served with the United States Army Military Police. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 247
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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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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