VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of another brother of the badge.
Senior Deputy Frank Schofield was tragically killed on Sunday when a vehicle failed to stop at the intersection of Tomoka Farms Road and Pioneer Trail.
The vehicle collided with Schofield’s bicycle, striking and killing the deputy. He was just 58 and was reportedly getting excited about his upcoming retirement. There are not a lot of details available about the crash but it appears as though Schofield was not on duty during the time of the accident.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office paid their respects to “one of the best” following Schofield’s untimely death.
“All of us who knew Frank will never forget him,” the post read. “He started his VCSO career in 1995 and became a legendary, widely respected veteran member of our Marine Unit.
The picture that VCSO posted shows Schofield helping a young boy navigate through the water in the sheriff’s office boat. He was clearly a law enforcement icon to his peers and to the public.
Comments on Sunday’s Facebook post proved just that.
“Our hearts are broken. It doesn’t feel possible,” one user commented. “We just spoke to him a week ago. He was so proud of his son and was counting the days until retirement. Our love and prayers go to all his friends and family. He was a wonderful man.”
Schofield was just 58-years-old.
“Please join us in saying a prayer for them today and honoring the memory of a great deputy and a great man,” the post finished.
It is unclear if Schofield was on duty at the time of the accident. More information will be reported as it becomes available.