Monday, October 29, 2007
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — Oct. 29, 2007
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was killed Saturday after crashing her all-terrain vehicle in the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area, the agency said.
Michelle Lawless, 47, had been working in the northwest corner of the management area near the L5 Canal and the Palm Beach County line when she apparently collided with a fixed object, wildlife officials said.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
Lawless began her career with the FWC’s law enforcement division in May 2003. She was assigned to Broward County. “Michelle was a diligent, accomplished officer who died doing what she did so well, protecting Florida’s natural resources. This is a painful loss to the entire agency, her family and friends,” said Maj. Brett Norton, commander of law enforcement for the region.
Trooper McMillen was traveling to assist another officer, Oct. 28 when his patrol car was involved in a collision with two other vehicles.
Both vehicles were being operated by intoxicated drivers.
Trooper McMillen had served with the Illinois State Police for eight months and is survived by his wife.
Casa Grande AZ.
Sergeant Tate Lynch succumbed to injuries sustained when he fell from a wall while conducting training exercises with the Pinal County SWAT team. Sergeant Tate was a member of the inter-agency Pinal County SWAT team. The team was training at the Pinal County Detention Center, in Florence, where Sergeant Lynch was rappelling down a wall. During his decent, Sergeant Lynch fell and sustained serious head injuries. He was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.Sergeant Lynch had served with the Casa Grande Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.