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The Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council launched the “COVID-19 Fund” in memory of Deputy Shannon Bennett, to support the families of Broward County first responders, who die from the coronavirus. 

Bennett, 39, died Friday from the virus. 

“We are all heartbroken by the tragic passing of one of our dedicated deputies,” said BSAC Chairman Edward Collins. “This COVID-19 crisis is touching all of us and is sure to claim even more victims.”


Bennett had been a school resource officer at Deerfield Beach Elementary School since January 2019.

“We want to make sure that Deputy Bennett’s death was not in vain and that we have sufficient funds to provide essential financial support to families of these selfless community servants who risk their lives every day to protect us,” Collins said in a press release. 

Bennett, a gay man, was to wed his partner in December.

The BSAC is a nonprofit membership organization that raises funds to support first responders, and has been giving money to families of fallen officers, who have died in the line of duty, since 1985. As long as their agency says they died in the line of duty the families of first responders will be eligible for the “COVID-19 fund.” 

One-hundred percent of each donation will go to this new fund.  

“Every gift, no matter how small, will enable us to support the families of so many individuals who continue to serve on the frontlines in our community,” BSAC Executive Director Nancy Vaniman in a press release. 

Click here to donate. 


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Gay BSO Deputy Dies From Coronavirus