April 28, 2014

Saturday is anniversary of deputy’s on-duty death

Saturday will be the 16 year anniversary of the death of Deputy Michael Alexander, who was killed in the line of duty May 3rd, 1998. This week, the Sheriff’s Office remembers his death, and the service and sacrifice he gave to his community.

Deputy Michael Alexander died in a traffic accident while on duty working for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He had just left roll call at the Plantation Key Substation and was en route to his duty station at the Ocean Reef Community. For some reason, he had pulled off the highway and onto Val Jean Way, in Tavernier. He was stopped at a stop sign at Val Jean Way and Highway U.S. One when he pulled out into the path of an oncoming semi-tractor trailer truck. He was broadsided on the driver’s side by the truck.

Deputy Alexander had worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for just less than a year at the time he was killed. He worked on the midnight shift as a deputy at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. He was also on the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

Prior to working in the Florida Keys, Deputy Alexander worked for the Miami-Dade Police Department for 16 years. He left that department as a Lieutenant. 

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