While the public has a hard time watching cops being brutally attacked on film and even dying, it’s important they understand the risk and horror the work can mean. Watch the officers who survived brutal attacks and talk about their choice to remain in law enforcement and continue serving and protecting the people of Dade County’s community. You will be moved to tears as Dade County’s Police Director Jim Loftus gives a memorable speech at the memorial service of two fallen officers – Officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth.
Castillo and Haworth were killed during a shootout with a murder suspect as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Roger Castillo was pronounced dead at the scene and Amanda Haworth, a 23-year-veteran, underwent surgery but died while she was being operated on.
The officers were shot by 23-year-old Johnny Sims, a career criminal who was wanted for a murder in Miami. Sims had a rap sheet five-pages long and had just been released from prison on robbery and drug charges at the time of the incident. The officers were part of a four-person warrant squad that also worked with the U.S. Marshals.
“This unit is very well-trained, very well-armed, and highly protects itself,” said Mayor Carlos Alvarez, a former police officer. “So they know what they’re doing. It was just a tragic incident that we see here too often in Dade County, perpetrated by a violent suspect who could care less.”