On Novemeber 9, 1994 Dave was responding to a emergency back-up for another officer involved in a vehicle pursuit. While all emergency equipment was operation, another vehicle ran a stop sign and struck Dave. Dave recieved multiple broken bones to his leg and underwent surgery. He appeared to be on his way to recovery and was looking forward to returning to work as a motor officer. On December 29, 1994 Dave passed away from a blood clot which was directly related to the injuries sustained in the accident.
Dave served the community of Fort Lauderdale faithfully for 14 years, hired on June 9, 1980. During his tour of duty he contributed his skills as a patrol officer, field training officer and last as a motor officer.
His great love was being a motor officer. Dave was assigned to motors in June of 1980.
dave was known to his friends and co-workers as the "Beamer" and the "Monk": Beamer for his love for BMW Motorcycles, and the "Monk" because of his hair style and appearance. Dave never seemed to mind either one of these nicknames.
The unit designation "Motor 13" which belonged to Dave for ten years will always belong to Dave. This call sign is being retired, never to be used again at the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department