SHALIMAR — Four fallen Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored Monday with road designations.
The Okaloosa County Legislative Delegation, in coordination with the Sheriff’s Office and Okaloosa County Commission, hosted the road designation sign unveiling ceremony for deputies Anthony “Tony” Forgione, William “Bill” Myers, Burton “Burt” Lopez and Warren “Skip” York.
The County Commission requested the designations through County Resolution 18-47, which was adopted on Feb. 20, according to a news release from Rep. Jayer Williamson’s office.
“These men loved their country and their community," Sheriff Larry Ashley said. "They sacrificed everything so that we may live in peace. It is only fitting that we should remember and honor them."
The road designation for Forgione and Myers was sponsored by Rep. Mel Ponder (District 4). Rep. Williamson (District 3) sponsored the designation for Lopez and York.
On March 23, Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 382 into law, memorializing the fallen officers along with 36 other honorary designations across Florida’s transportation facilities.
“These signs serve as markers that memorialize four dedicated public servants that gave all in service to the protection of Okaloosa County," Williamson said. “My sincere hope is that each time someone passes by, they are reminded of the sacrifices our law enforcement officers and their families make each and every day.”
The sign unveiled honoring Deputies Forgione and Myers now marks the Shalimar Bridge on State Road 85 South (Eglin Parkway) over Garniers Bayou as “Deputies Tony Forgione and Bill Myers Memorial Bridge.”
Forgione was a three-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who was killed on July 22, 2008 by a patient who escaped from a secure mental health facility and posed a threat to the community.
Myers was a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office when he was killed on Sept. 22, 2015 while serving a domestic violence injunction.
The sign honoring Lopez and York now marks the portion of U.S. Highway 90 East in from the Shoal River Bridge to the Okaloosa/Walton County line as the “Deputies Skip York and Burt Lopez Memorial Highway.”
York was a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and Lopez was a six-year veteran of the agency when they were killed on April 25, 2009 while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on an armed suspect who had been charged with domestic violence.
“We are incredibly grateful to live in a community that has not forgotten the sacrifices made by Tony, Burt, Skip and Bill,” said Janel York and Michelle Lopez on behalf of all of the families. “We are humbled by the continued support of our families.”