In Memoriam

The Fallen Heroes of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
 
Throughout the years, members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office have served the community with professionalism and bravery. Eight members of the Sheriff's Office, including a K-9, have been killed in the line of duty. Their names are inscribed on a memorial stone located in front of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters at 4700 West Midway Road in Fort Pierce. This memorial is meant to ensure that their ultimate sacrifice is remembered for generations to come.
 
"In memory of those who so unselfishly gave their lives in the line of duty on behalf of the citizens of St. Lucie County."
 
 
Sergeant Gary Morales
 
Sergeant Gary Morales
EOW: February 28, 2013
Sgt. Gary Morales joined the Sheriff's Office in October 2000. His assignments included Uniform Patrol, the School Resource Unit, the SWAT Team (in which he was lead sniper), the Special Investigations Unit and the Training Unit.
 
In January 2013 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Uniform Patrol. The morning of February 28, 2013, he made a traffic stop on a suspect just south of Fort Pierce following a brief pursuit. Before Sgt. Morales could get out of his car, the suspect fatally shot Sgt. Morales. The Sheriff's Office's training facility was renamed the "Sgt. Gary Morales Training Complex" to honor his memory and his passion for training
Master Deputy Joe Hover
 
Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover
EOW: October 8, 2005
Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover, a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was injured during defensive tactics training and died on October 8, 2005, of complications from surgery to treat his injury.
 
Master Deputy Hover was the first Sheriff's Office investigator to specialize in auto theft cases. To honor his memory, the agency's Curtis King Boulevard substation. which houses the Auto Theft Unit and other agency components was renamed the "Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover Substation."
K9 Vasko
 
K9 Vasko
EOW: June 25, 2004
 
K-9 Vasko of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office died on June 25. 2004 from gunshot wounds he received while he and his partner were apprehending a kidnapping and carjacking suspect.
Master Deputy Steve Robers
Master Deputy Steve Roberts
EOW: March 3, 1999
 
Master Deputy Steve Roberts of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office was a 14-year veteran of the agency, spending many of those years riding a motorcycle for the Traffic Unit. 
 
He was a family man and an avid horseman, serving as a member of the Sheriff's Posse. On February 11, 1999, while en route to a traffic accident on North 25th street, Master Deputy Roberts' motorcycle was struck by another motorist, causing him to sustain critical injuries. He spent nearly a month in intensive care before succumbing to his injuries on March 3, 1999. He was 38 years old. 
 
The Sheriff's Office administrative center on Midway Road was renamed and dedicated as 'The Master Deputy Steve Roberts Building" in memory of his commitment.
 
 
Sergeant Harold "Pappy" Holerger
Sergeant Harold F. "Pappy" Holerger
EOW: August 26, 1985
 
Sgt. Harold F. Holerger joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 1963. He had a distinguished career with the agency, and retired in 1981. 
 
Shortly after his retirement, he took a part-time position as a school crossing guard.
On the morning of August 26, 1985, Sgt. Holerger was directing traffic on Angle Road at the entrance to Westwood High School, when he was struck and killed by a motor vehicle. 
 
His commitment lives on with the Sheriff's Office firearms training range that bears "Pappy" Holerger's name.
 
 
Deputy Soren Sorensen
 
Deputy Soren S. Sorensen
EOW: March 14, 1935
 
Deputy Soren A. Sorensen was a traffic officer appointed by Sheriff Daniel S. Carlton on January 7, 1913. He was known as a “careful and cautious driver,” according to a news article written at the time.
 
On March 14, 1935, shortly before 4 p.m., a trucker found Deputy Sorensen in a ditch beneath his motorcycle on Okeechobee Road 10 miles west of Fort Pierce. He was described as being in a semi-conscious condition.
 
The trucker and another motorist brought him to a hospital in Fort Pierce. He was on duty and in uniform, but there were no witnesses to his accident.
 
Deputy Sorensen never regained consciousness. He died at age 56, becoming the third member of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office to lose his life in the line of duty.
Sheriff William Robert Monroe
 
Sheriff William Robert Monroe
EOW: March 25, 1921
 
William Robert Monroe, was 41 when he became the fourth Sheriff of St. Lucie County in 1920. Monroe had been a deputy sheriff for some time, and served as Chief Deputy to Sheriff Bill Jones. Sheriff Monroe had a jurisdiction encompassing much of what we now know as Indian River and Martin counties.
 
Around 4 a.m. on March 25, 1921, about one mile north of John's Island, deputies seized a cabin cruiser loaded with 200 cases of illegal liquor. Three men were arrested, and Sheriff Monroe was called to join them at the Winter Beach dock. As the Sheriff piloted the boat down the Indian River nearing Fort Pierce, the boat exploded, killing him instantly and injuring two other deputies. The Sheriff was 42 years old, leaving a wife and four young children.
Sheriff Dan Carlton
Sheriff Daniel S. Carlton
EOW: May 22, 1915
 
Daniel S. Carlton, was 35 when he became the second Sheriff of St. Lucie County. Previously, he had served as city marshal of Fort Pierce when it was incorporated in 1901. He became Sheriff in 1907 and served until his death, May 22, 1915.
 
Sheriff Carlton was remembered as a fearless and fair man. When he was Sheriff, the county jail was located at his home in Fort Pierce.
 
Sheriff Carlton was involved in a shootout in the middle of the business district of Fort Pierce and was fatally wounded. Sheriff Carlton was taken to Dr. H.D. Clark's office where he later died. Daniel S. Carlton was the first member of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office to be killed in the line of duty.