Wildlife Officer Michelle A. Lawless

Wildlife Officer Michelle A. Lawless

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 27, 2007

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Michelle A. Lawless

Wildlife Officer Michelle Lawless was killed in an ATV accident in the Holeyland / Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area near the L-5 Canal and Palm Beach County line.

She was 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. She is survived by her parents, sister, and


  • Age 47
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental


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FWC Class 46 pushed through with a positive attitude for today’s FWC Memorial Workout in honor of fallen Officer Michelle A. Lawless who was killed in the line of duty October 27,2007. We were joined by one of her recruit classmates who shared his memory of her and left us with words of wisdom. FWC has made these Memorial Workouts a tradition for the past 9 years and continues to actively honor those officers who paved the way and made the ultimate sacrifice.

FWC Class 46
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

October 20, 2023

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