Fallen First Responders


Deputy Benjamin Nimtz Memorial Fund

The Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council donated to Deputy Benjamin Nimtz Memorial Fund for his family. Please Help us honor Deputy Nimtz’s memory by supporting his family in this time of need.

Donations help bridge the gap while waiting for death benefits to kick in.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a BSO deputy who died after being involved in a crash while on duty early Sunday morning.
Around 3 a.m. July 21, BSO Deerfield Beach Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, 30, was responding, with lights and siren activated, to a call of a domestic dispute. He and another deputy, driving separate BSO vehicles, were headed southbound on Military Trail approaching the intersection of Southwest 10th Street. As the first BSO vehicle made its way through the intersection, it crashed with a Toyota Tundra that was headed eastbound on Southwest 10th Street.  The second BSO deputy, who witnessed the crash, immediately called for help.


Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported Deputy Nimtz and the sole occupant of the pickup, Darran Johnson, 32, to Broward Health North.  Deputy Nimtz succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Johnson was hospitalized, and his injuries are not life-threatening.


BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating the cause of the collision. Based on the preliminary investigation and the extent of damage to both vehicles, detectives said Johnson was speeding, and his excessive speed was a contributing factor to the crash.


The investigation continues while detectives await the results of Johnson’s toxicology test.

Fallen Responders


Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council provides funding to families of Broward County First Responders killed or permanently injured while serving in the line of duty.

The families of these three officers each received $10,000 to help bridge the gap while waiting for death benefits to kick in.


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