Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant James A. Hunt, III

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1993

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Reflections for Sergeant James A. Hunt, III

Dear Rocky:

Well another year passed. Still you are thought of and missed. I only recently learned of Judy's passing, and though I am saddened by the news and for the boys, I'm certain she is together with you in a better place.
Rest in peace.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi (Retired)
Lake Mary, Fl Police; Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

February 28, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Hunt. A hero who heinous killing won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 11, 2019

Dear Rocky:

It’s been 25 years now since that awful night. And still, the hurt and sorrow remain. Many years ago, a group of men had an idea to forge a nation free from fear and tyranny, free to live life as one desired. And 242 years later, those same ideas have been a reality and a nation flourished. But that nation did not flourish without extreme sacrifice and devotion. Our military has buried their dead on every corner of the globe protecting those ideas and way of life. But regrettably, we bury our law enforcement officers in every state, who made the same supreme sacrifice to ensure and enhance the same ideas..for Americans to live free from fear, want, tyranny, evil and mayhem, with HONOR.

And you kept our sacred oath, Rocky, to “Protect and Serve”, with honor. Yes you answered the cry of the wolf at the door, while the citizens of Palm Beach County rested safely in their homes. With honor. And you paid the ultimate price for that. With honor. I recall August 8, 1980, when I graduated the Police Academy, my late Dad hugged me after I was sworn in, and gave these words to me, “Above all else, honor”. I lived my entire 35-year career by those words, and I give them to you because you epitomize the definition of honor. And it was my honor to know you, work with you, laugh with you.

This is a sacred site, so I will not tarnish it with any other mention of that bastard, Nicholas Hardy, other than this; rot in prison.

But Judy and the boys also have had to, and continue to make sacrifices as well. All the families of our fallen comrades pay a never-ending price. The empty seat at the table, the deafening silence, the missed family milestones, birthdays, marriages, births. May Almighty God always keep them close to His heart and continue to ease their pain and sorrow.

Rocky, as you patrol the streets of Heaven, look down on us from time to time. I know when you arrived at the Gates of Heaven, our Heavenly Father said to you, “Welcome Home, Rocky.” Rest in peace, my brother. The Thin Blue Line has held, we have the watch, May Almighty God bless you, our law enforcement officers, and God bless your family as well.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police; Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

February 25, 2018

I have often thought of this family as I was Jason's teacher at the time of his dad's death. I remember going to the funeral and all of the people who were so hurt by this tragedy. Jamie and Jason cross my mind every now and then as well as their mom. My prayers are with you tonight...I don't know why I thought of this event now, but I hope you all know the peace that only Jesus can bring to carry you through such a difficult situation.

Sandy Rybka
teacher to Jason

May 22, 2017

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 20, 2016

I posted this for Ron I consider him a friend and thought it was important to him.

Detective Ron (GQ Detective ) Tomassi
PBSO Florida

March 4, 2016

As with Kevin Mathews, it has been difficult for me to leave a reflection. I was a Motor Unit in the S. Sub and we crossed the same paths often. You were an honest arrow and a fine example to us all. We sometimes had our differences but I always respected you as a person and as a leader. That was true both in and out of uniform. You are missed and my wife Julie and I think about you often. May God Bless you and your family you are always in our prayers and you will never be forgotten Rocky.

Former Motor Deputy Richie Francioni Ret
PBSO Motor Unit S. Sub

December 11, 2015

Rocky, I think of you and all the great times you made me laugh every time I see your face when I go into the Police Station. I met you through Mike Spasaro who was your trainer at The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department. I am sorry that we had a deep resemblance, and caused a disturbance at your wake once your sister saw me. I did not get to kiss you good by or say my prayers, and touch you one more time. Spasaro says you remind him of me ; however, That is just looks. I could never ever be half the man you were.
See you soon.

Joey Palacios
Great Friend

August 18, 2015

He was my friend. I still think of that night as if it was yesterday.

Detective John Connor
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

September 5, 2014

I love you Dad, you know my thoughts, I think about you everyday.

James Hunt IV
Son

August 10, 2014

Hey Dad, it's Jamie. I think about you everyday. I love you so much. I always wonder what my life would be like if this never happened. I love you so much, I remember everything we did together. Please watch over Mom and Day Day (Jason).

James Hunt IV
Son

August 10, 2014

I'm honored to be a part of several hundred motor units from across the United States that are currently at Ronald Reagan Metro Airport in Washington, D.C. preparing for National Police Memorial Week. Those motor units and I will be escorting family members and co-workers of law enforcement officers that were killed in the line-of-duty to and from several ceremonial events.

Rocky, your untimely and tragic death and humbling funeral service made a huge impact on me early in my career. Your's was the first law enforcement funeral that I ever attended and I will never forget that experience.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during these memorial events.....

Deputy Paul Montgomery - Motor Unit 30
Dickson County Sheriff's Office
Dickson, Tennessee

Paul Montgomery - Motor Unit
Dickson County Sheriff's Office

May 11, 2014

I went to school with your son Jamie, and I remember the service that was held at Wellington Christian after the tragic death of Jamie's dad. I remember when my family and I got rear-ended by a drunk couple when I was very young, Rocky Hunt was the officer who came and picked us up from the scene and drove us home in his squad car. I remember talking with him, although very shy at that time since I was so young, and seeing him glance back from the drivers seat every now and again with a smile. These are really the only memories that I have of Rocky Hunt, Jamie's father, and even in that brief time, it was apparent that he was a good soul and a kind, loving father. I hope to see him in Heaven after this temporary life on Earth is over. God bless him and his sons and wife.

If Jamie ever reads this, yes, your father still pops into my head every now and again, like today for instance.

-P Caprio

None
Friend

February 15, 2013

Dear Rocky:

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, I finally found our gravesite. I was visiting from up north where I moved, and was at the cementery paying respects to my late father-in-law, when I remembered you were laid to rest here.

I took a photo of your gravesite for me to keep as a memory of a friend long lost to an act of violence by a person not fit to be on this earth. Thankfully, he will rot in prison.

But Rocky, I left a reflection before, but I felt compelled to write another one as well. Rest in peace bro, we have the watch. Most of the "old gang", including me, have retired and moved on. I, unlike some of the others, have gone back into law enforcement. Maybe its what you told me long ago when you talked me into coming over to the PBSO..."there is no job like this one". You were right.

May God continue to look after Judy and the boys, keep you close to Him, and God Bless America.

Detective Ron Tomassi
Lake Mary Police Department

October 1, 2012

Thanks for your services, James.

David

February 28, 2012

Today a hero is remembered for his service to this great Country, the State of Florida, and the Citizens of Palm Beach County. Sgt. Hunt you lost your life before I started my career, but it was brave officers like you who inspired me to become a Law Enforcement Officer. May God watch over your family, fellow deputies, and friends on this anniversary of the E.O.W. Rest easy Sgt. Hunt, we have the watch from here.

D/S Andrew D. Roedel
Jackson County Sheriff's Department - Marianna, FL

February 28, 2012

Sgt. Hunt, you sir will never be forgotten. My prayers are with your family today and always. Continue to rest in peace hero...

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

February 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Hunt. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us and you sir are one of them. Continue to rest in peace.

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

Anonymous

February 28, 2011

Sergeant Hunt, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

February 28, 2010

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08

K.L.

February 28, 2009

You will never be forgotten by those who love you.

Anonymous

January 7, 2009

Rocky, Like Mike Mauro its been years with a heavy heart that I was not able to write a reflection. You were my training officer when I first got on motors . I looked up to you as a good example of a police officer. In your personal life you were a good husband and a great father. i'll never forget seeing you on your days off with both of your young sons in your arms and i would tell people what a good father you were and still do when i tell stories about you.Donna and I miss you very much. May God be with you and your family. Steve

Retired Deputy Sheriff Steve Wexler
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office-Co Worker

November 15, 2008

Rocky,

It has taken me years to be able to write a reflection. A day does not go by that I don't think of you, Judy and your fine boys. You will always be missed. May God guide and watch over your family. I'll see you at the end of watch.

Mike Mauro
Fl Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement

September 5, 2008

I remembered reading about Sgt. Hunt's murder. As the son of a police officer, my dad of blessed memory was one of NYC's finest for almost forty years. I couldn't believe this cop killer's sentence was lessened. Where is the justice? What are these jurist's thinking about? It must be their own retirements. I believe the sergeant was shot through the eye. How ignominious an end to a life? Now to be taken from his family and fellow officers.

Rabbi Lewis S.Davis

August 24, 2008

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