Corrections Department Honors Employees Who Died In Line In Duty

May 18, 2017

With department Secretary Julie Jones saying each name “represents a hero,” the Florida Department of Corrections on Wednesday held an annual wreath-laying ceremony to honor fallen officers and employees.

The event, held at Wakulla Correctional Institution south of Tallahassee, included adding Sgt. Jorge Ramos and Karan Smith, a systems project consultant, to the names of 47 others from the Department of Corrections who have died in the line of duty over the years.

Ramos, who worked at the South Florida Reception Center in Miami-Dade County, died in May 2016 during a department training event. Smith died of a heart attack last July while on the job at the Reception and Medical Center in Union County.

“Each name represents a hero, a member who bravely took an oath to serve the people of the state of Florida, and they died in the line of duty,” Jones said. “Today we proudly honor them, and we also never forget them.”

by The News Service of Florida


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