BONIFAY – The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Holmes County Law Enforcement Memorial event Friday to honor Holmes County officers who have died in the line of duty.
Held at the Holmes County Agricultural Center, the event was attended by local law enforcement, as well as family and friends of the fallen.
Four Holmes County officers have fallen while performing law enforcement services to Holmes County: Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell, Deputy Lonny Lee Lindsey, Deputy Joe Bill Galloway, and Colonel Gregory Guy Malloy.
HCSO officials stated Thursday that each of these men "died for the county they loved." Here are their stories.
Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell
Sheriff Daniel Brownell was shot and killed when he responded to a report of a disturbance at the court house on River Road in the then-county seat of Cerra Gorda, on November 26, 1872. He was 40 years old.
Brownell was at home with his family when he was advised of the disturbance. The sheriff mounted his horse and rode a few miles into town. When the sheriff arrived at the scene, he was confronted by a gunman named Boutwell, and a gun battle ensued. Boutwell shot and fatally wounded the sheriff - but not before the sheriff was able to return fire. Sheriff Brownell shot and killed the suspect before he fell.
Sheriff Brownell had served with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for ten years, having previously also served with the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and six children.
Deputy Lonny Lee Lindsey
On September 17, 1996, Deputy Lonny Lindsey was shot and killed after responding to a robbery call, despite being on sick leave.
While at home, Lindsey heard a call about a robbery at a location just a half mile from his home. Deputy Lindsey responded to the call to help the six-man department. While checking a tag number of a truck he pulled over, Lindsey called out shots fired.
At the truck, a gunbattle ensued with Lindsey heard exclaiming over the radio:
"Need backup," he called. "They are shooting at me." Those five words would be his final radio transmission.
Although mortally wounded by a shot from a .30 caliber rifle, Lindsey was able to shoot both suspects, later identified as Terry Ray, 33, and his cousin, Roy L. Hall.
When backup officers arrived moments after the gun battle, Lindsey lay dead, partially inside is patrol car with his legs outside the vehicle. His shotgun was found beside him; his radio microphone was on the seat.
Both Ray and Hall were arrested a short time later, then tried and convicted of murder. Ray and Hall are currently serving life sentences at Okaloosa and Charlotte Correctional Institutions, respectively.
Deputy Lindsey had served with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his wife and two young children.
Deputy Joe Bill Galloway
Deputy Joe Galloway was killed when his patrol car struck a tree during a vehicle pursuit on August 20, 2007.
Galloway was attempting to catch a speeding motorist and had just crossed the state line into Geneva County, Alabama, when he lost control of his patrol car.
The vehicle struck a tree and flipped onto its roof, killing him.
Galloway, who was the uncle of fellow fallen office Lonny Lindsey, was also a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Correctional Officer Gregory Guy Malloy
Correctional Officer Greg Malloy was shot and killed on February 2, 2011 while assisting local law enforcement agencies track a man wanted for murdering his parents.
A hunter in the area called 911 after encountering the suspect in a wooded area and exchanging shots with him. Colonel Malloy, a canine handler at Holmes Correctional Institution, was dispatched to track the suspect, later identified as Wade Williams, a man wanted for the double homicide of his parents.
When Malloy neared Williams' location, shots were exchanged, and both Colonel Malloy and Williams were killed.
Colonel Malloy had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for 22 years.
Representatives from each officer’s family were in attendance, with by Holmes County Sheriff John Tate presenting each with a plaque in honor of their loved one
Tate spoke of never forgetting the sacrifices made by the men for their community.
“These men needed to be honored for their sacrifice,” said Tate. “I feel it is our duty to remember them and to honor their memories.”