Patrolman Eugene E. DeBerry

Patrolman Eugene E. DeBerry

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, January 14, 1985

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Eugene E. DeBerry

Patrolman Gene DeBerry succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash when he attempted to overtake a speeding vehicle near the Memorial Boulevard Overpass and Omohundro in 1966.

The accident left him permanently paralyzed. He succumbed to his injuries in 1985.

Patrolman DeBerry had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, two brothers, and a sister.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 1, 1966

motorcycle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Papa Gene,

Your story is one of victory, service, and dedication. You loved all those you met.
I wish I could have known you, but your story lives on in our whole family. I know I’ll see you someday and I hope you’ll have a big hug waiting for me.

Hillary Krieger

March 31, 2021

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