Wall of Honor
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Wall of Honor was designed and dedicated many years ago to recognize the CCSO Deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice by losing their lives in the line of duty.
The hope of our agency is that, by having their photographs on permanent display, their sacrifice will never be forgotten and will serve as a constant reminder of the commitment made by every Deputy Sheriff who takes the oath to serve and protect. Our agency’s Wall of Honor is located on the third floor of our agency’s main office building located in Green Cove Springs, now named the Det. David White Memorial Headquarters. In addition, the newly-constructed Clay County Law Enforcement Memorial can be found outside in front of the main entrance to this same headquarters.
Thank you for taking a moment to review the information contained here that honors our agency’s line of duty death members. We will not forget them.
Detective David White
Shot and killed during a drug investigation on February 16, 2012. Just 35 years old at the time of his death, White was posthumously named our agency’s 2011 Deputy of the Year for his work in 2011 to reduce the illegal pill trade in Clay County.
Sergeant Kenneth “Eddie” Hayes
Died on May 26, 2002 as a result of a heart attack. He was only thirty-nine years old.
Deputy Wilson Walker
Died on December 17, 1994 as a result of medical complications caused by materials used during his work as a CCSO Evidence Technician.
Auxiliary Deputy Arthur Caton
Died on July 15, 1979 as a result of a heart attack suffered while working a traffic detail in Orange Park.
Sergeant Richard Watkins
Died on May 3, 1976 after responding to an attempted suicide call. The fatal crash occurred while following the ambulance in route to the hospital.
Sheriff Theodore Cherry
Served from 1911 until his death on July 6, 1913. He was shot and killed by a suspect during an interview.
Sheriff Charles Wilson
Served from 1905 until his death on July 10, 1906. He was shot and killed by a suspect during an arrest attempt aboard a train.
Sheriff Josephus Peeler
Served from 1889 until his death on May 10, 1894. Peeler was shot while trying to stop an argument between two men at the train station.
Detective David A. White Memorial Headquarters
On May 7th, 2013, the newly-constructed Clay County Law Enforcement Memorial was dedicated. The front entrance of our Green Cove Springs building was transformed and now includes a granite memorial wall, two granite benches, a new flag pole and entrance grounds that are paved with engraved memorial pavers. The vast majority of the supplies needed to create this memorial and additional funds were donated by individuals and businesses in our community. We remain grateful for their contributions. At this same ceremony the headquarters was officially renamed the Detective David A. White Memorial Headquarters.