Deputy Sheriff Melissa Powers Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Florida End of Watch: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 

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Deputy Sheriff Melissa Powers
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 3 years, 7 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Melissa Powers was killed in a single vehicle automobile accident on U.S. 1 at approximately 10:30 pm.
She was en route to locate another deputy who could not be reached by dispatchers when the crash occurred. She was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to her injuries a short time later. It believed that the deputy she was attempting to locate had switched his radio to another frequency, causing him to be temporarily unreachable.
Deputy Powers had served with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for almost four years. She is survived by her son and daughter.

Agency Contact Information
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
5525 College Road
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-7000

www.miamiherald.com

A female Monroe County sheriff’s deputy was on her way to aid another officer Tuesday night when she died in a single-vehicle accident in Key Largo.

Road patrol Deputy Melissa Powers was driving north on U.S. 1 to check on an officer who could not be reached on his police radio. The accident occured about 10:20 p.m. at mile marker 101.8, according to the sheriff’s office.

Details of the crash were not immediately available. When emergency workers arrived, they found Powers pinned inside her patrol car. She was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, where she was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m.

The officer that Powers was looking for was fine. He had switched his radio to a different channel and was temporarily out of touch on the dispatch channel, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Powers, a mother of two, had served with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office since December 2006 and was currently working road patrol in Marathon and Key Largo.

She is the fifth deputy to be killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident in the Florida Keys. The others are: Deputy David Cormier, killed in 1989; Deputy Michael Alexander in 1998; Deputy Robin Tanner in 2007 and Deputy Nick Pham in 2008.

The only other in-the-line-of-duty deaths for the sheriff’s office occurred more than a century ago. Deputy and Game Warden Guy Bradley was shot by poachers in the Everglades in 1905, and Deputy Frank Adams was shot while breaking up an altercation in Key West in 1901.

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