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Remembering the fallen: HCSO observes National Police Week

HOLMES COUNTY –This week is National Police Week, a time when many across the nation take a moment to thank a law enforcement officer for their service. But in addition to expressing thanks, Holmes County Sheriff John Tate and staff encouraged the community to also take time to remember those who have been killed in the line of duty.

“[National Police Week] is also a time to reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities,” said Sheriff Tate. “Here at home, we ask that you remember Holmes County’s own: Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell, Reserve Deputy Joe Bill Galloway, Deputy Lonny Lee Lindsey, and Holmes CI Col. Gregory Guy Malloy.”

Each year, Sheriff Tate awards memorial scholarships to honor each of Holmes County’s fallen heroes – and to also ensure they are remembered by future generations. The scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who are seeking a career in law enforcement or any other first responder field.

“We are proud to offer these scholarships in memory of these four fallen law enforcement officers,” said Sheriff Tate. “Not only is this a small way to honor their service and remember their sacrifice; it is a way to help support the future of public safety. We hope you will all join us in remembering them this week and always.”


Colonel Gregory Malloy 

Colonel Gregory Malloy was a K-9 handler with Holmes Correctional Institution and served on the facility’s tracking team. Malloy was shot and killed February 2, 2011 while assisting local law enforcement agencies with tracking a man wanted for murdering his parents. Colonel Malloy had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for 22 years.

Deputy Lonny Lee Lindsey

Holmes County Deputy Lonny Lindsey was shot and killed September 17, 1996 after responding to a robbery call. While checking a tag number of a truck he pulled over, Lindsey called out shots fired. At the truck, a gun battle ensued with Lindsey heard exclaiming over the radio: “Need backup. They are shooting at me.” Those five words would be his final radio transmission. Deputy Lindsey had served with Holmes County Sheriff’s Office for five years. Holmes Unit #9 is retired in his honor.

Reserve Deputy Joe Bill Galloway

Holmes County Reserve Deputy Joe Bill Galloway was killed August 20, 2007 when his patrol car struck a tree during a vehicle pursuit. Galloway had just crossed the state line into Geneva County, Alabama, when he lost control of his patrol car and struck a tree. Galloway, who was the uncle of fellow fallen officer Lonny Lindsey, had served with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office for one year. HCSO Unit #36 is retired in his honor.

Sheriff Daniel Brownell

Sheriff Daniel Brownell was shot and killed November 26, 1872 when he responded to a report of a disturbance at the courthouse on River Road in the then-Holmes County seat of Cerra Gorda. Brownell was at home with his family when he was advised of the disturbance. The sheriff mounted his horse and rode the few miles to the courthouse, where he was confronted by a gunman who shot and fatally wounded Brownell – but not before the sheriff was able to return fire, also killing the gunman. Sheriff Brownell had served with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office for ten years.

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