Elizabeth Báthory “The Blood Countess”

1560-1614 Hungary Early Life 1560 Hungary saw constant wars, the Habsburg-Ottoman wars, which lasted from 1526 to 1568. Hungary was being split into three different territories, all of which saw dozens of battles with over 200,000 troops. The morale of Hungarian citizens was in the gutter, because of a lack of food, safety for their […]

A Hero of a Man

End of Watch: Donald Cook, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida End of Watch Saturday, December 3, 1988 They don’t come along often – heroes. Usually, they exist, right alongside, shoulder-to-shoulder with others. But they stand out when it comes time. That described Don Cook. Don was a deputy with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He was […]

A Tradition of Excellence

From the book, “Pensacola’s Finest in Pictures,” available on Facebook “Raise your right hand and repeat after me.” Those are the last words the chief of police says to a new officer before he or she takes the oath of office to become a Pensacola Police Officer. A flood of questions and emotions run through […]

“It’s More Than Just Doing Their Jobs”

The Heroic Story of the Rescue of Marion and Mary Lou Williamson From the book, “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon        Marion and Mary Lou Williamson were pillars of the community. They had raised five children, all successful. Marion was born in Largo, Florida. He joined the U. S. Navy in the midst […]

Dueling in Pensacola

Dueling in Pensacola From the book: Pensacola’s Finest, available on Amazon By Mike Simmons The story of men having differences with other men and settling them is as old as history itself. On the schoolground, the little kid gets picked on repeatedly by the bully. Finally, the little kid stands up and punches the bully […]

End of Watch: The Death of Officer Ray Lynn Barnes

Officer Ray Lynn Barnes Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1987 The rural country of west Florida doesn’t look like much to most people. It is stuffed with longleaf pines, water oak, southern magnolia and persimmon. Closer to the ground is the undergrowth: gallberry, sweetbay, titi, and redbay. […]

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From West Florida – Some old, some new #oldpolicestories

End of Watch: The Death of Walton County Sheriff Robert Gatlin

End of Watch: November 12, 1942 Eighty years ago today… Maybe it was his strong, steady appearance. Maybe it was because he was a newcomer and the community felt that was needed. Regardless of the reason, newly elected Sheriff Robert Gatlin assumed office on Tuesday morning, January 7, 1941. Thursday, November 12, 1942, Walton County, […]

The Homes of the Pensacola Police Department

From the book, “Pensacola’s Finest,” by Sgt. Mike Simmons, available on Amazon First: The Fort of Pensacola: The first recording of a jail or station house in Pensacola was in 1767. The description of the structure indicates that it might have been no more than a hut, built from the local soft wood.  Receipts show […]


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Professionals at Work: Officers Robert Godwin and Buddy Peake posing for a photo in 1948. Both men are in dress uniform. The uniform consisted of collar brass depicted “PD” on the right collar and the officer’s badge number on the left collar. Both men wear the popular cross-draw holsters. Officer Godwin wears regulation police shoes and Office Peake wears authentic jodhpur riding pants. The jackets and pants were made of wool, which held up well and looked good, but were very hot.

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