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The death of Escambia County, Florida Deputy Joseph Glassman Deputy Sheriff Joseph Gassman was born in 1910 in Pensacola and he grew up in the same town. In his heart and soul he was a Pensacola native! In 1957, he decided he wanted to be a lawman. He tried his hand and immediately loved it!…

The Legendary Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves – even the name sounds ominous. In the Old West during the 18930s, it was ominous. Bad guys didn’t want to cross him and those with warrants feared him. He could shoot, fight and track. That was the legend. The facts? Well, unlike many legends, the real Bass Reeves measured up to his…

End of Watch: The Death of Okaloosa County Sheriff John Summerlin

Two important events occurred when John was 28 years old. First, in 1915, a new county was formed from Santa Rosa and Walton counties. Okaloosa County was created. Further, Governor Trammell appointed the first sheriff of the county – B. H. Sutton. John thought that the top lawman in the new county wasn’t such a…

End of Watch: The Death of Pensacola Police Officer Tommie Hatcher

from the book “Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon One of the darkest days – perhaps the darkest day – in the story of the historic Pensacola Police Officer occurred on Sunday, January 15, 1939. It’s never a good thing when an officer is forced to shoot and kill a person, but it’s even worse when…

End of Watch: Officer Jason Goen

Okaloosa County, Department of Corrections, Florida End of Watch Friday, January 1, 2021 “Officer Jason Goen was effortlessly kind, receptive, supportive and naturally gifted as an officer,” said a co-worker. But he wasn’t known as “Jason.” Everyone called him “PeeWee.” His untimely death in the line of duty on Friday, January 1, 2021, resulted from complications…

Podcast: Murder at Magnolia Bluffs

A true story. Why was Henry Moore killed? Did Gretchen Gregory have anything to do with it? Was Henry’s wife – Eulalie – behind it? After all, she had just taken out a life insurance policy on him, listing her as the beneficiary. Interesting…

End of Watch: The Death of Pensacola Police Captain William Etheridge

December 26, 1908  William Thomas Etheridge was born in July 30, 1851 in Conecuh County, Alabama.  On November 12, 1871, he married Nannie Bradley in his home county.  To this union were born three daughters: Clara, Ella and Willie. The first mention of him as a Pensacola police officer came on January 10, 1902, when…

End of Watch: The Death of Santa Rosa Sheriff Bart Broxson

The Family Legacy It was never going to work. He was an outsider, and being an outsider in Santa Rosa County, Florida in the 1950s meant that there was no “getting in.” Not that he was really an outsider – he was from Santa Rosa County. As a matter of fact, his family had lived…

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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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