Tampa Police Department
411 N. Franklin Street
In front of the Monument for Fallen Officers
Tampa, FL 33602

Detective Joe Nance Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Calendar Police General

TPD Memorial Badge

Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

80 Year Anniversary

In Honor of

 Detective Joe Nance

EOW 10-1-1939

On September 25, 1939, Detective Joe Nance was assigned to the Homicide Squad and was on his way to Lakeland to conduct an interview of a witness in the case. A truck forced his vehicle off of the road and he was seriously injured. Detective Nance was taken to a Lakeland hospital for treatment.

On October 01, 1939, at 10:00 a.m., Detective Nance died from pneumonia. He was 57 years old and had been with the Tampa Police Department for 18 years. He had thousands of friends in the community. Detective Nance was the first black police officer to die in the line of duty. He is never forgotten.