This past weekend our agency lost a beloved family member with the passing of Deputy Sheriff Tony Mulqueen, who lost a long and courageous battle to cancer Saturday evening. Tony was an incredible family man, a great friend, and most importantly, an honorable and valued Law Enforcement Officer who truly loved to serve as a Deputy Sheriff with our agency. Over the course of his career Tony served in numerous roles as a public servant, and was always quick to tell each and every one he met just how proud he was to be a Law Enforcement Officer.
Funeral Services for Deputy Mulqueen have been scheduled for Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 12:00 P.M., and will take place at Divine Mercy, located in Merritt Island. A viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and again from 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Earlier today as I was reminiscing about my friendship with Tony and his passion for being a Law Enforcement Officer, I couldn’t help but think about a tribute that longtime radio host Paul Harvey once delivered about Law Enforcement Officers. In honor of Tony and his unwavering love and commitment to our communities and the profession of Law Enforcement, I would like to share Paul Harvey’s Tribute to Law Enforcement Officers with you tonight:
"When was the last time you thought about a police officer? They are all around us and in our world every day, which may be why they become part of our daily landscape and are taken for granted… until you find yourself in trouble.
We see them at the mall, working accidents on our highways, during weather events when everyone else is safe indoors, at the neighbors who can’t seem to get along, at fires, at concerts and sometimes at a coffee shop getting a treat just like regular folks.
Being a police officer takes a special breed. How do you leave a job like policeman at work and not bring it home at night. How can you ever go into ‘not today I’m off’ mode. How do you shut down the desire to help people? And most importantly, how do you feed a family on a policeman’s pay?
This past weekend, I paid close attention to my surroundings and noticed that these unsung heroes were everywhere. Had I not been focused on spotting these brave souls, they more than likely would have just blended into my everyday world. I challenge you to keep an eye out for police cars and the people who drive them. And I also challenge you to make an effort the next time to see an officer, to stop and say thank you.
God bless these brave men and women and may they stay safe!"
On behalf of our agency we thank you for all of your continued support and ask that you please keep Tony’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
-Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
August 9, 2014