End of Watch: The Death of Officer C. Frank Bazzell: March 15, 1932

March 14, 1932: Finally!  After four years as a firefighter, Frank was at last a motorcycle officer again.  He had been a motorcycle officer in the town of Palm Beach, Florida, but since he had come to Pensacola, he was only now been able to secure the position with the Pensacola Police Department.  On hisContinue reading “End of Watch: The Death of Officer C. Frank Bazzell: March 15, 1932”

End of Watch

An excerpt from Mike Simmons’ book “Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon Nothing lets the wind out of the sails of a department like the death of one of its own. A whole department of officers cannot handle the problem. There is nothing to be done, except grieve. However, most departments can give a send-off second-to-none!Continue reading “End of Watch”

“You Shot Me!”

From “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest” This is the story of Tac Officer Bruce Camacho and his 1991 pursuit and deadly encounter with Armed Robbery and Murder suspect Jacob Floyd. Bruce joined the police force in 1986. Five years later, Jacob Floyd was discharged from the U. S. Army after firing a pistol in the barracks.Continue reading ““You Shot Me!””

Dangerous and Terrible Games

       “Oh my God!” said the shrimper as he looked into the trash bag and suddenly jerked back involuntarily. “It’s…a head. A human head. Looks like a girl, but I can’t really tell. It’s kind of messed up.” A hand and arm were with it.        What does a family do when the dad saysContinue reading “Dangerous and Terrible Games”

A True Hero

RECOGNITION OF A TRUE HERO Today, Retired ECSO Deputy Bruce Harris was presented the Sheriff’s Award by Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons. In 2021, Deputy Harris was assigned to Investigations. He was assigned a murder case in which the victim, Ladarius Clardy was killed by gunfire. Deputy Harris worked tirelessly for hours in order toContinue reading “A True Hero”

The Public Servant

From Old Police Stories latest book, “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest.” Available on Amazon. Pensacola, Florida, August 1, 1999, 9:04 PM        “All units, please respond to 8498 Baisden Rd. We have had several calls about gunshots fired.” Officer Kenneth Willis knew immediately that the call was on his beat, so he pushed harder on theContinue reading “The Public Servant”

“He came out of nowhere!”

From Mike Simmons’ latest book “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest.” Available on Amazon.        Most people know him as the face of the Pensacola Police Department they see on television, discussing the latest hot topic. But many do not know that Mike Wood is the fourth recipient of the Police Department’s Gold Medal of Valor. HereContinue reading ““He came out of nowhere!””

Podcast Episode #1: “I’m a dead man”

First Podcast I have just finished my first podcast on Old Police Stories. My niece and I completed a podcast related to my book “I’m a Dead Man, the story of the JFK assassination and the unsolved murder in Pensacola.” My niece, Shelly Armstrong, is great with podcasts. She, like many young people, listens toContinue reading “Podcast Episode #1: “I’m a dead man””

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