11 names of area law enforcement officers added to national memorial

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Moyers’ name among those added this year

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Photo taken during candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The names of 11 Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were added to the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The 11 names are among 619 names that were engraved on the wall. They were read during the 34th Annual Candlelight Vigil, which was held Friday evening in Washington, D.C.

Fifty-one of those names are of fallen officers from the state of Florida.

The names of 11 Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were added to the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 472 officers were killed in 2021 -- the most ever to be added to the memorial in a single year. Of those deaths, 319 were COVID-19-related.

An additional 147 officers died in previous years, and their deaths had not been previously documented until the Memorial Fund’s research staff and a team of volunteers confirmed their record of law enforcement service.

“They sacrificed everything. The type of job that they had is not something that most of us would want to choose or have a calling for, but they did. And unfortunately, they lost their lives because of that,” said Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Director of Public Affairs Ashley Spicer. “Last night’s candlelight vigil was unbelievably powerful. They listed off over 600 names of men and women who have died in the line of duty. It was just very special for the families. Emotional, but it was so touching and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

All weekend, the nation is honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year. Many names have been added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall, and 11 of those are from Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia.

With the additional names added this year, there are 23,229 officers’ names engraved on the memorial.

“When you actually see the names on that national wall it brings back memories. It brings back the tragic incident that happened but you know that it’s final. [Moyers’] name is on that wall forever,” said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Below are the names of the area law enforcement officers that were added. Plaques were also placed inside the National Law Enforcement Museum.

Ashely Spicer, with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, joins us to speak about the delegation in Washington, D.C., this weekend and two of the names added to the memorial this year who were Nassau County deputies.
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Gwynes, a court bailiff who died after battling COVID-19.
A plaque honoring Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Gwynes can be seen in the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.)
A plaque honoring Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Sgt. Lou Livatino can be seen in the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.)
A plaque honoring Jacksonville Beach Police Department Sgt. Dan Watts can be seen in the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.)
A plaque honoring Green Cove Springs Police Department Chief Derek Asdot can be seen in the National Law Enforcement Museum. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4JAX - All rights reserved.)

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