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Broward Sheriff Fire Captain and Civilian Killed In Helicopter Crash

We take a moment to remember Captain Terryson Jackson, 50, of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, a flight paramedic who lost his life Monday morning, while responding to the scene of a vehicle crash.

Capt. Jackson was one of three crewmembers aboard a Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) helicopter that crashed into an apartment building in Pompano Beach Florida. Himself and a resident of the building were killed, while six others were injured.

Yesterday, Sheriff Gregory Tony re-addressed the necessity for funding to reporters, saying “We have to have the necessary tools and equipment to be successful.”

Local NBC News Channel 6 reported that Sheriff Tony had warned county officials about the need for a newer helicopter for years.

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In honor of his service, Terryson Jackson has been posthumously promoted to the position of battalion chief, as confirmed by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

First responders from across Broward County on Interstate 95, along an overpass, offered a somber salute to the 19-year veteran of the department. Jackson began his career with fire rescue in 2004 working for Deerfield Beach and joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in October 2011.

The accident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. The BSO has the only air force in the county.

In addition to Captain Jackson, please keep Pilot Daron Roche and Firefighter/Paramedic Mikael Chaguaceda in your thoughts and prayers who survived the crash this morning but sustained injuries.

The Major County Sheriffs of America sends thoughts and prayers to Sheriff Tony, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and the friends and family of Captain Jackson. May he rest in peace and be remembered for giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.