Orange City, FL - An Orange City police sergeant is found dead in the surf near SunSplash Park in Daytona Beach on Tuesday (November 19) evening. Officials say that she suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
In a Facebook post released this morning (November 20), Wayne Miller, Orange City Police Deputy Chief announced the passing of one of our police officers: "FROM THE DESK OF DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF WAYNE MILLER:
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that the Orange City Police Department announces the unexpected passing of one of our police officers early Tuesday evening - Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker. Kelly started with OCPD in July of 2007. She served as a patrol officer for 4 years before being promoted to sergeant in November of 2011. She was an asset to the police department and served in her position with honor and distinction. Additionally, Kelly was an adjunct instructor for the Daytona State College instructing other law enforcement personnel. Chief Miller of OCPD stated: “The men and women of the Orange City Police Department are stunned by the unexpected death of our dear friend and co-worker Sergeant Kelly Brubaker. Kelly was very well-liked and respected as a knowledgeable and experienced police officer. She had mentored many younger officers and served as a role model for all. The Orange City Police Department already greatly misses Kelly Jo. The police department appreciates the outpouring of support from those in the community that heard about our loss. Please keep Kelly Jo, her family and all the members of the Orange City Police and law enforcement community in your prayers as we grieve this most unfortunate loss.”