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Honoring Clay County Detective David White

Rep. Cliff Stearns

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Clay County Detective David White who was killed in the line of duty on February 16, 2012 at age 35. Detective White and his partner, Detective Matt Hanlin, were in the process of breaking up a meth lab in Middleburg, Florida. Detective Hanlin was shot in the arm and is expected to recover. White is the first Clay County deputy shot on duty in nearly 40 years and the first killed in the line of duty since 1913. He is not only a hero as part of the Clay County Sheriff's Office, but also in his service as a specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve as a military police platoon team leader in deployments to Croatia, Bosnia and Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two children, ages 3 months and 2 years old; he and his family are in our prayers. David's life is a testament to the courage and sense of duty that men and women possess, who chose to dedicate their lives to defend us all. His tragic death is not in vain but a tribute to the highest ideals of self-sacrifice for freedom and justice. God Bless him.