For Protecting the Palm Beaches, we honor the memory of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Genovese, who died in the line of duty 39 years ago this week.
His end of watch was June 3, 1982.
Genovese was shot and killed taking part in a SWAT team operation during a standoff with a suspect in Greenacres who was threatening to blow up his apartment. After firing at officers during the four-hour standoff, the suspect surrendered.
He was acquitted after his attorney convinced a jury that the deputy may have actually been killed by an officer's return fire.
Six months later, the same suspect was charged with plowing a vehicle into four police cars in Miami, injuring one officer.
Deputy Genovese was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 16 months, after 3 years with the Daytona Beach Police Department.
He was only 26 years old.
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