Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Bryant Howard Peney

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, January 6, 1996

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Reflections for Patrolman Bryant Howard Peney

I was at the memorial. Then they played “the dance” by Garth Brooks. Just heard it for the first time today. Want his family to know I care. Nancy Hepburn

Nancy hepburn
Fort Lauderdale police dept

November 20, 2017

Rest in peace Patrolman Peney. Sergeant Lokeinsky joined you in heaven. He passed earlier this month after a battle with pancreatic cancer and was afforded an Inspector's Funeral. I visited his widow, Jennifer and brought some fruit to her. I knew his late dad, Alex and when he visited Jack's grandmother Anna, at Orange Blossom Manor, now called Regal Park Plaza where I serve the residents as their Rabbi. My dad my he rest in peace was a veteran New York City Policeman for thirty-eight years. Never will forget that night you were taken so heinously from your family, colleagues and friends.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 24, 2017

Bryant and I were friends. We met at Deerfield Beach Police Dept.
He was a good, God fearing man who understood the magnitude of what he was called to do.
I spoke about him recently with my 7 year old daughter recently and will always honor his date of death.

It was my pleasure to know you Bryant!


Detective Paul Creelman
West Palm Beach PD

July 10, 2016

Bryant we went to the police academy together and then we worked midnights at the Deerfield Police Department. I have so many good memories of us working together and of all of our late night conversations between calls . You were one of the truly good souls I've known in my life. It was an honor to serve with you. Your friend

Patrolman/Deputy Ed Newman
Deerfield Bch PD and Broward SO

May 14, 2016

It is hard to believe that it’s 20 years ago today that our brother, Bryant Peney, was killed in the line of duty.

I was lucky to have been selected as Bryant’s FTO. He had previously worked in the Deerfield Beach PD but I cut him no slack when he was assigned to me. Bryant really didn’t like some of the challenges I presented him but he did them none-the-less… and excelled. Bryant was somebody special, for sure.

Bryant was a conscientious, hard-working young man who truly wanted to do the right thing, always. It was probably why he volunteered to be an FTO- to impart his knowledge, experience and training to others- and was training a reserve officer the night of his murder. I was always proud to be associated w/Bryant.

On that fateful night 2 decades ago, I thought I had prepared Bryant for the worst but alas, I had not. I have often wondered if there was more I could’ve done to have helped prepare him further. I wracked my brain for weeks, months. Lots of sleepless days I’ll admit. I had given Bryant everything I had given every other officer I helped train. In that effort, I feel I failed Bryant in some aspect. I’m truly sorry, Bryant.

As a midnight shift sergeant, I was heading into work when the call came out about the shooting. We dismissed briefing immediately to head to the scene, which was overloaded w/officers, deputies and troopers from every agency far and wide. I went straight to the ER but Bryant was already there, being treated by the medical staff. I sat with him & was probably one of the last people to speak with him before they took him to surgery. We laughed, thinking the injury was not that serious, until the doctors told us he had to go to the O/R… right now.

I was there when the doctors came out. A valiant effort had been given, but all to no avail. The bullet which penetrated Bryant’s chest had skimmed the edge of a piece of body armor Bryant was wear-testing in a department project for me. That bullet nicked an artery and it could not be repaired in time.

So tonight, as I sit here tonight, wallowing in my own sorrows with some bourbon, I raise a glass to Bryant. I remember him, his courage and valor, his dedication to duty and his smile. He is a symbol we should all aspire to. Blessed are the peacemakers, right?

I hope that in my role as a police academy director, I’ll discover more Bryant Peney’s coming into the fold. Heaven know that the profession needs them. Please say a prayer of remembrance for Bryant tonight.

Peace all.

Lee Spector, Captain (ret.)
Former FTO of Bryant

January 6, 2016

You live as long as you are remembered...

Sgt Mark Renner
Co-worker FLPD

January 6, 2016

Smart, kind, friendly, compassionate, caring, soft spoken, modest, funny and a great personality. The adjectives are easy to come by my friend...

J. Marc Duguay
132nd Police Academy

January 5, 2016

Prayers with you and your wonderful family this day, Bryant.

Joe Roubicek
Friend and coworker

January 5, 2016

We were neighbors of the penny's at the time of Bryant's fateful day.Bob Dietriich was a Saegent w the FLPD for 30years. We shocked and numbed by the news just as everyone else. Bryant was such upstanding, gentle, honest young man. Heaven got one of the best. We can hardly believe it will be 20 years this January 6 th. may rest in peace and know he is missed so very much. He lives on in our hearts because of who he isand will always be in the eyes of God. Ret. Sgt Robert Dietrich and Family

Ret Sgt Robert Dietrich Sr.
Friend & fellow officer

October 19, 2015

Bryant and I attended the police academy together. Bryant was the youngest in our class. His constant smile and optimism drew us all to him from day one. Tonight we will remember him at the Scholarship Fundraiser dedicated to him. We loved him and we miss him. Rest in peace Bryant.

Assistant Chief Kenneth Hall Retired
Pembroke Pines PD

August 29, 2015

January 10, 2015, Bryant Peney Park was spruced up, and re-dedicated. There was new playground equipment installed, and plantings and mulch. Volunteers from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, the Girls Soccer Team from St. Thomas Aquinas School, Boy Scouts, Citizens', Mayor Seiler, City Commissioners, City Manager, Feld, the Fraternal Order of Police. Officer Peney's parents were in attendance. The park looked great! Befitting of our hero, Officer Bryant Peney. Bryant, Rest in Peace. Badge 1160. We will never forget.

Dennis Ulmer, Citizen of Fort Lauderdale
Citizen of Fort Lauderdale

January 10, 2015

Bryant, my thoughts and prayers are with you, rest in peace.

Jim Danforth L-1030

January 7, 2015

Thinking of Bryant today. Hard to believe it is nearly 20 years.

Coworker and friend

January 6, 2015

Thinking of Officer Peney and his family today. Officer Peney and his service and sacrifice to the citizens' of Fort Lauderdale is remembered. God Bless him and his family and all who strive to serve and protect us as police officers..

Dennis Ulmer, Citizen of Fort Lauderdale
Citizen of Fort Lauderdale

January 5, 2015

Bryant, I tell your brave story constantly as I travel the US. I think of you often and miss you every day. I was so lucky to have worked with you and your brother. To this day I think of times that make me laugh out loud. Then, of course, times that make me very misty eyed. You will always be missed and never forgotten brother.

Det. Jack Gee Ret.
Fort Lauderdale Police

December 23, 2013

Rest in peace Officer Peney. Your bravery won't ever be forgotten. I hope Jeffrey Lee Weaver gets what he deserves for what he did to you. My dad was a longtime New York City Police Officer for almost forty years with the 102 precinct. I paid a condolence call to Sergeant Jack Lokeinsky who has worked in your department for approximately twenty years.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 2013

Bryant was an excellent officer who worked side by side with me for many an evening shift. He was a law enforcement officer that we all aspire to emulate. May Bryant rest in peace.

Dave Calderon
U.S. CBP, Friend from FLPD

May 24, 2013



January 8, 2013

You taught me how to scuba dive! In the Keys...on a great fourth of July weekend.....You had more "stuff" on that 26" inch gun belt than Dave Lewis had on all 48 " of his. I stopped by last night. I miss you.

CJH 1188

January 6, 2013

It isn't only on the 5th I think of you. I am reminded every time I hear "the dance" or even see a shooting in a movie. I said some prayers today and am grateful we were friends and had beers together.... So I will have 2 tonight... One for u and one for me. See you again when my time comes.

Mike Magno

January 6, 2013

HEROES live forever, and you sir are a hero, may you continue to rest in peace Patrolman Peney. We will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

January 6, 2013

You will never be forgotten. RIP brother!

Police Officer D. Ras #1756
Fort Lauderdale PD (former Worcester PD)

January 5, 2013

You are alive in our hearts. May you rest in peace my friend.


January 5, 2013

I remember this day all too well. I was a 19 year old police explorer (LET) who rode with you quite often. I paged you in the afternoon to ask if I could ride with you. You paged me back later in the afternoon and I stopped at a payphone to call you back. You had someone else riding with you so I headed in to find someone else to ride with.

I was a young kid back then, there was not much I could do at the time. I grabbed a radio from property control and even scammed a PSA van to drive so I could help. I think I shuttled coffee and food to the command post all night. It was the least I could do !!

I remember being up all night listening to the fine men and woman from police agencies all over South Florida looking for your killer. The manhunt was intense to say the least. They never gave up looking!!

When the news came in, I was numb. I was too young to even know how to feel. It wasn't until later that I finally broke down. Sitting next to my fellow PSA's and communications alumni, I remember hearing the first few notes of "The Dance" on the speakers at the performing arts center. It only took a few words from Garth Brooks before I cried. I cried that day the hardest I had ever cried in my life. This was the first time a death hit me as hard as it did. I know now that it was because you were such an amazing human being and I knew deep inside that this wasn't supposed to happen.

Each time I drive down Federal Hwy, in that all too familiar 1500 block or so, I think of you.

My life has taken me in all sorts of different directions since 1996, but I am right where I am supposed to be.

Anyone who had the pleasure to know you, is for sure a better person because of it !!

Thank you for teaching me to be a great person.

Former FLPD LET Mike Moser

Captain Michael Moser
Coral Springs Fire Department

January 5, 2013

Thank you very much for helping to keep us safe!!

Walter Halloran

October 27, 2012

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