The City of Titusville, Florida / Police / NewsFundraiser to recognize fallen officersThursday, April 26, 2007
There are two local streets in our community named after Titusville police officers that were killed in the line of duty. Those street signs will help us remember their name, but what about remembering who they were and how they served their community? Well thanks to an idea by some local middle school students, our community will soon have a way to ensure that their memory is kept alive, and that our community never forgets about the ultimate sacrifice each man made.
Students from the Jackson Middle School BETA club have undertaken a project which will erect a monument at each of the two sights in Titusville in which a street was named after a fallen officer. The students realized that as time has passed, many young people do not know the story behind two of the named streets in our city, Stephen F. House Way, and Jack H. Schnell St. Both of these public roadways were named after a Police officer killed in the line of duty and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
At approximately 7:20 P.M. on New Year’s Eve in 1982, 35 year-old Officer Jack H. Schnell was struck and killed by a drunk driver on US 1 at Norwood Ave. Ironically, Officer Schnell had set off on his police motorcycle that night, determined to arrest any drunk drivers and keep the streets of Titusville safe for the rest of us. The driver who pulled out in front of him was later convicted of D.U.I. Manslaughter, but served only three years in prison. That same man was arrested again for D.U.I. in 1995. Officer Schnell left behind a wife and son. At the Titusville Police Department, the Jack H. Schnell Traffic Safety Award is named for him. This award is given each year to the officer who most demonstrates the same dedication to maintaining safety on our roadways as Officer Schnell did.
Officer Stephen F. House was shot and killed on February 15th, 1989 while serving a search warrant at the home of a drug dealer. At 36 years-old, Officer House left behind a wife and four children. Officer House was a member of the SWAT team and recognized by his colleagues as a man who was always there for anyone who needed something. The pain of Officer House’s loss to our community was made even more difficult by the fact that a jury failed to convict the man who shot and killed him.
Along with the goal of informing other people in the community about these officers, the BETA club students also want future generations to remember these officers and how they served their community. A monument along each of these streets will certainly help accomplish that.
A major boost in the fundraising effort for this memorial project will be a generous donation by the Titusville Kelsey’s Pizzeria on Garden St. They will be hosting a fundraising dinner at the restaurant on Sunday, May 6th. Kelsey’s is donating all the food and drinks served at the dinner, which is expected to help raise money for the memorial project. For a donation of $15.00 each, ($10.00 for students), Kelsey’s will be providing a meal which includes a drink.
For more information, contact our Public Relations Section at 264-4010.
Ofc. Jack H. Schnell Ofc. Stephen F. House