Two Untimely Deaths in April
Word has recently emerged that another Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy has passed. Deputy Marshall “Pete” Peterson reportedly “died at his residence,” according to an April 25 announcement on the Broward County Sheriff’s social media accounts. No specific cause of death was provided.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Marshall Peterson, a 28-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Department of Detention. Deputy Peterson, 53, died at his residence. Thank you for your service, Deputy.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Deputy Marshall Peterson, a 28-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office, Department of Detention. Deputy Peterson, 53, died at his residence. Thank you for your service, Deputy. pic.twitter.com/ytEwtINkWp
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 25, 2018
Deputy Jason Fitzsimons died at his residence on April 1.
The announcement also appears on the Broward Sheriff’s Facebook page, with reflections of his associates.
There is a very brief obituary found at Legacy.com. As of this writing only one party has signed the guest log.
Deputy Peterson’s was stationed at the Broward Sheriff’s Main Jail Bureau, “an eight-story maximum security facility adjacent to the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale,”
Very similar to the aftermath of Deputy Fitzsimons, there is a virtual information blackout of Deputy Peterson’s death in regional and national corporate news media, although the death has already been widely discussed by several bloggers.
As J.D. Heyes of NaturalNews observes:
A scouring of the Web turned up a similar dearth of reportage — not even a report from local media. And wouldn’t that be a story — two Broward deputies within a span of weeks, and after one of the most politically tumultuous shootings in the country’s history?
FellowshipoftheMinds also reports on Peterson’s death, pointing to responses to the Twitter announcement of the passing and the fact that this second deputy has much less of an online presence than Fitzsimons.
The reaction to the tweet is one of skepticism:
“I don’t see this on the news. Why not?”
“What’s really going on in Broward County? We need answers!”
“How strange? Did the Clintons move to Broward County? #ROFL these murder coincidences usually follow them around.”
“2nd deputy to die in his home. PEOPLE PLEASE WAKE THE F UP”
“Musta been pro-2A.”
“What did he know?”
“Are these all the cops that know the truth about recent shootings?”
I scoured the web but was unable to find more information on Peterson’s death:
- No obituary, probably because the death occurred only yesterday. (See above. -Ed.)
- No Facebook account
- No Twitter account
- The only likely “Marshall Peterson” on LinkedIn has a bare-bones profile identifying him only as “Law Enforcement at Private, Miami, Florida”.
TruthFinder says he’s single; lives with his 79-year-old mother in a 3-bed 3-bath home in Hollywood/Pembroke Pines, Florida, which is owned by the mother.
On April 28 Sheriff Scott Israel is hosting the “Broward Sheriff’s Office Shred-a-Thon” event that some may recognize as a bit ironic, particularly in the wake of the apparent inappropriate handling of Nikolas Cruz, the botched responses to the Parkland mass shooting itself, and perhaps even these untimely deaths. The Shred-a-Thon intends to “shred away identity theft,” according to Israel’s Twitter announcement.
Shred-A-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet tomorrow in Hallandale Beach! pic.twitter.com/H9ExnXKBi5
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 27, 2018
This week Sheriff Israel sustained an overwhelming no-confidence vote (534 to 94 against) by deputies under his supervision who chose to partake in the union-sponsored plebiscite. A majority of the deputies abstained from or otherwise did not participate in the vote.