Flagler County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Perry Hall
End of Watch August 21, 1927
Sheriff Perry Hall died from injuries sustained on August 21, 1927, when he was struck in the head with a glass bottle. Sheriff Hall was conducting a prohibition raid on a local drinking establishment and had ordered a man to put his hands up. The man, who was holding a bottle of liquor put one hand up. As Sheriff Hall approached him the man struck him over the head with a bottle, fracturing his skull and knocking him unconscious. He succumbed to his injury at a St. Augustine hospital the next day.
Sheriff Hall had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.
The Flagler County Inmate Detention Facility is named after Sheriff Hall. The Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility is located at 1002 Justice Lane in Bunnell.
Deputy Sheriff George "Son" Durrance
End of Watch August 25, 1927
Deputy George “Son” Durrance was shot and killed while searching for the murderer of Sheriff Perry Hall who had been killed in the line of duty three days earlier.
Deputy Durrance located a man fitting the suspect’s description and ordered him to raise his hands. The man raised a shotgun and exchanged gunfire with Deputy Durrance. Deputy Durrance was struck during the exchange and died hours later at a St. Augustine hospital.
Sheriff Homer Williams Brooks
End of Watch March 23, 1965
Sheriff Homer Brooks suffered a fatal heart attack and died in the line of duty on March 23, 1965.
Sheriff Brooks had just left the Flagler County Courthouse and entered his patrol car when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Two deputies rushed to his aid and drove him to Bunnell General Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Sheriff Brooks was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. He was the first and only Flagler native to become Sheriff. He won three consecutive elections and died just one month into his third term in office.
Deputy Sheriff Charles T. "Chuck" Sease
End of Watch July 5, 2003
Deputy Sease was struck and killed by a suspect’s vehicle while attempting to deploy stop sticks on an I-95 exit ramp at State Road 100. After the collision, the suspect lost control and crashed. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.
Deputy Sease had served with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office for only two months and had previously served with the Waterbury, Connecticut Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and mother.
Sergeant Francesco L. "Frankie" Celico
End of Watch September 9, 2011
Sergeant Francesco “Frankie” Celico suffered a fatal heart attack on September 9, 2011, after responding to a report of a suspicious person.
When Sergeant Celico arrived at the location of the suspicious person, an unknown person was lurking in the yard and fled into the woods. Sergeant Celico chased the suspect into the woods and searched for over 25 minutes. After the search, he began to feel ill, did not complete his shift, and later suffered a heart attack at home. He was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital Flagler.
Sergeant Celico had served with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his mother, father, and brother Carmine Celico, who is an FCSO Corporal.
Deputy First Class Paul Luciano
End of Watch August 26, 2021
Detention Deputy First Class Paul Luciano died after contracting COVID-19 while working in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. The Detention Facility had experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. DFC Luciano conducted rounds within the inmate quarantine housing unit on July 21, 2021, where he was exposed to the virus. When he returned to work on July 30, 2021, he tested positive for the virus and was later admitted to a local hospital. Despite a valiant fight, DFC Luciano lost his battle with COVID-19 on August 26, 2021.
DFC Luciano began his career with the Bunnell Police Department in 1996. He later joined the Volusia County Department of Corrections where he served for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant. DFC Luciano joined FCSO in November 2019. He was promoted posthumously to Detention Deputy First Class. He is the first FCSO Detention Deputy to die in the line of duty.
He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren.
DFC Luciano was posthumously selected as the Florida Sheriff’s Association Corrections Officer of the Year for 2022 for his service and sacrifice.