More: Deputy Bennett had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and served as an SRO at Deerfield Beach Elementary School. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. "This is not the end of who he is," Frey told Local 10. Bennett was a proudly out gay man who was due to marry his fiancé, Jonathan Frey, later this year. “Some do have masks that have been used several times before.”. “Chief Engle chose to make the death of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett an opportunity for him to fuel discrimination and stigma against LGBT people instead of focusing on addressing the health and safety of the police officers serving on the front-line of a public health crisis.” The president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Tommy Reyes, personally knew Deputy Bennet. He had left work on March 23 feeling unwell, and went to the hospital the … If you need help with the Public File, call (954) 364-2526. He is believed to be the first such line-of-duty death from COVID-19 in Florida. “We lost a man in the line of duty, and we’re probably going to lose another,” Tony said. BSO announced early Saturday that Deputy Shannon Bennett, a 12-year veteran, died late Friday night. Davie, Fla., Police Chief Dale Engle denies making the remark about Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Shannon Bennett. It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Shannon Bennett due to COVID-19. Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved. Sheriff Tony gave an emotional plea with the public to practice social distancing and stay home unless absolutely needed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Damn COVID19!!! “Shannon Bennett was the kind of guy who would put his family first, his friends second, and himself last,” Martin told local media. Now Engle is retiring after more than 20 years working for the city. Bennett, 39, was a 12-year veteran deputy who died earlier in the week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. Deputy Sheriff Shannon Bennett died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty. Bennett was planning on being married in December and was getting ready to foster a child, according to Martin. Deputy Bennett was on duty when he first reported his symptoms. "To say that I have been privileged to proudly serve this Town is an understatement," Engle wrote. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Bennett, 39, worked out of BSO’s Deerfield Beach substation. “The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 HCSB]; Thank you for your service! He is survived by his fiance, mother, and brother. BSO announced early Saturday that Deputy Shannon Bennett, a 12-year veteran, died late Friday night. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A veteran deputy at the Broward Sheriff's Office has died after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Engle said the city did not pressure him to leave, but he added that his teenage children received many negative comments about him on social media, and that influenced his decision to retire, the Sun Sentinel reports. “He confidently served as an openly gay deputy and used his platform to help bridge the gap between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement,” Tony said in a statement after Bennett’s death. After ordering the employees to line up in formation in the department's parking lot, Engle continued to "berate" members. That's when the Fraternal Order of Police say Engle brought up the death of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett. Deputy sheriff Shannon Bennett was 39 when died on April 3, just a week after testing positive for COVID-19. Deputy Sheriff Shannon Bennett died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty. The Broward Sheriff’s Office lost one of its veteran deputies to the coronavirus, the department announced Saturday morning. 6 Things to Know – Veterans Honored on Special Day, Eta Set for Second Florida Landfall, South Florida Cities Holding Virtual Events for Veterans Day Amid Pandemic, Copyright © 2020 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. The results of the investigation are expected to be released soon. “We love and will miss you, Deputy Bennett. He said that Bennett’s death should serve as a reminder of the risk that his deputies put themselves in when people fail to heed the warnings of stay at home. On Friday, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said BSO had 21 employees who have tested positive with the virus; Deputy Bennett was one of those 21. Coronavirus, In the aftermath of the 2016 mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, that left 49 people dead, Bennett reportedly parked his police cruiser outside LGBTQ establishments in gay-friendly Wilton Manors, Florida, to reassure patrons of their safety.