On May 8, 1990, Officer Johnny Boyd Smith of the Frostproof Police Department was patrolling in the area of County Road 630 East, when he was struck head-on by a speeding vehicle.
Officer Smith died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.
A passenger in the other vehicle was also killed, and that car's driver was subsequently charged with two counts of manslaughter.
Johnny Smith had served as an officer for Frostproof PD for eleven years. He was 33-years-old at the time of his death.
*** Frostproof Police Department ceased operations at the end of 2006, and law enforcement duties are now handled by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Therefore, it is our esteemed duty to keep the memory of Johnny Boyd Smith's service and sacrifice alive.
On May 10, 1936, Fort Meade Police Officer Paschal "Pat" Brown went to a bar early in the morning on a Sunday to shut it down, because it hadn't closed at the required time of 2:00 a.m.
According to reports, an argument erupted, and the bar owner shot Officer Brown twice with a .38-caliber pistol--once in the neck, and the other into his back. Another man then shot and killed the bar owner.
Officer Pat Brown died as he was being transported to a local doctor. He was about 35-years-old at the time of his death and had only been an officer for six months.
*** Law enforcement duties for the city of Fort Meade are now handled by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, so it is our esteemed duty to keep the memory of Officer Pat Brown's service and sacrifice alive.
The PCSO does not have any photos of Officer Brown. If you have a good photos of him, please send them to PIOs@PolkShriff.org