Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, June 3, 1982

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Frank Dean Genovese

I never knew Frank, but I knew his Dad. My Dad and his dad started a Son's of Italy lodge in Frank's name. I joined the Daytona Beach Police Department on January 3, 1983. I retired on February 16, 2021.

Lieutenant Nicholas Fiore
Daytona Beach Police Department

January 6, 2023

Dear Frank:

Well, it's been 40 years since that horrible day. I was 10-8 in the area that day, and I can vividly recall the radio traffic and the hear the gunfire. Frank, I recall most of all, your desire to be a perfectionist, from your green and white that ALWAYS had to be clean and waxed, to your uniform appearance. You inspired me then Frank, as I was new to the PBSO, and wanted to be in SWAT like you. And I did, some years later. I still have the t-shirt given to me from SWAT with your id on it.

Rest in peace my brother, we have the watch. You answered the call OF THE WOLF AT THE DOOR, AND YOU ANSWERED IT WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY. "Above all else, honor".

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Police & PBSO Detective

June 3, 2022

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Genovese.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 3, 2019

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

Went to rookie school with Frank and he and his wife hosted our graduation party at his home. Frank was extremely well liked and respected by all. It's a shame that some shyster attorney was able to get his killer acquitted. Think about you often Frank. RIP my brother.

Cpl. Randy Wilson (retired)
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

April 26, 2016

Frank passed prior to my stRt at PBSO how ever my father worked with him. Upon my joining the department frank was greatly respected and a warrior. This year I got to visit him on the wall in DC and pay respects for my father and my self. RIP frank you will always be remembered.

John Lamont
Palm beach county so

June 4, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 3, 2015

I served in the Army with Frank during the mid seventies. We were both military policemen. I had the honor of meeting his dad during that time. Both he and his dad were two wonderful people!

Frank was a kind, decent person who cared very much about others. When our service time in the Army was up, he went to Florida and I came to Wash, D.C. I did visit with Frank in 1980 when he was a Daytona Beach city Officer. He was the same good person that I knew as a solider. He was the kind of officer we would all like patroling our neighborhood.

God bless and keep you Frank, I will never forget you!

Sgt. Paul J. Mitchell, retired.
United States Park Police, Washington, D.C.

January 15, 2014

I served with Frank in the Army during the mid 70's. I had the honor of meeting his dad several times. Frank always had a kind word to say, and his attitude was positive. He was there when you needed a friend.
After our service together he went to Florida and I went to Wash. D.C. I did visit him once when he was a Daytona Beach City P.D. officer in 1980. That was the last time I saw him in person.
I will never forget Frank, and will always remember the kind of person he was. God bless you!

Sgt. Paul J. Mitchell, retired
United States Park Police, Washington, D.C.

January 15, 2014

HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero.. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Genovese, we will never forget.

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

June 3, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Genovese. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

my brother , my hero , how i love you every day, how i wish we had had more time in life to spend together . I miss you and i talk to you all the time and I know you hear me ,please stay with me . Love you Valli

faith genovese

October 7, 2011

Deputy Genovese,

You were gone long before I was born, but remember you are not forgotten. Rest In Peace Sir and thank you for your service.

God Speed.

Ofc. D. Abbott
Peterborough Police Dept. (NH)

February 20, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.


June 3, 2010

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 4, 2007

We met, when I was a rookie here from Broward County. How I loved to aggravate tou by putting my hands and feet on your highly polished car! Years after your death, I joined the SWAT of this agency, in part because of you. You inspired me then, and you inspire me still. As I am in the twilight of my career, I reflect on many events in my career, and you always come to mind. My only prayer, Frank, is that when we meet again, I can still aggravate you somehow. Maybe you'll have another patrol car I can leave my prints on. Rest in peace, brother.

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

March 27, 2006

D/S Frank Genovese has been the only member of the PBSO SWAT Team lost in the line of duty. To this day we honor Frank by having his ID # as part of the SWAT uniform. We will always remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Deputy Sheriff Frank Genovese, PBSO ID # 2035.

Lieutenant Michael Wallace
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2005

Rest easy, brother. You are not forgotten. The star continues to shine because of heroes lijke you.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Rest in peace. We have the watch now.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department

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