End of Watch

Detention Sergeant Dennis V. Mathis Escambia County Department of Corrections, Florida End of Watch Saturday, July 27, 1989 Sergeant Dennis Mathis suffered a massive heart attack while at work in the jail on July 27, 1989. He was fifty years old. Sgt. Mathis was born in Neosho, Missouri on March 8, 1939. On December 8, 1970,Continue reading “End of Watch”

Wall of Tribute

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Corrections Academy #118 of the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center in Pensacola dedicated a Wall of Tribute to fallen officers in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Wall of Tribute Roll Call Pensacola Police Officer John Gordon – September 22, 1889 Bluff Spring Town Marshal Daniel Douglas –Continue reading “Wall of Tribute”

End of Watch

Parole Officer William F. Gambill Florida Probation and Parole Commission, Florida End of Watch Wednesday, July 11, 1973 Forty-nine years ago today, 45- year-old Parole Officer William Gambill was killed in an automobile crash while supervising prison inmates who were out on parole in Escambia County. On Wednesday, July 11, 1973, Officer Gamble was at workContinue reading “End of Watch”

You Shot Me!

From the book “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest,” available on or from Mike Simmons. As he was growing up, there were two things that Bruce Camacho always wanted to do as an adult. First, he wanted to be self-sufficient. It was important to him that he not have to rely on anyone to make it.Continue reading “You Shot Me!”

“He might kill me, but not without a fight!”

From the book, “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest,” by Mike Simmons – available on Amazon or from the author. The 35th Anniversary… Three significant events regarding the Pensacola Police Department occurred in 1961. Two careers ended and one began. On July 5, 17-year veteran detective Buddy Peake, a favorite among officers and citizens suddenly died. BuddyContinue reading “He might kill me, but not without a fight!”

End of Watch: Pensacola Police Officer Curtis Neal Jones, June 27, 1980

When officers are assigned to the midnight shift, they learn that the nights usually slow down around 3:00 AM. From that time until the city wakes up, an officer can catch his breath.  It was early in the morning – the quiet time – of Friday, June 27, 1980, forty-two years ago today. Officers RichardContinue reading “End of Watch: Pensacola Police Officer Curtis Neal Jones, June 27, 1980”


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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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