Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement regarding the death of Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel, who was involved in a traffic crash while on-duty.
“Deputy Ben Zirbel courageously and selflessly served his community, and he lost his life due to injuries sustained while on duty. My deepest sympathies go to his family, loved ones and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office during this profound time of grief.
“Florida’s crime rate is at a 47-year low, and it’s due to the brave men and women in law enforcement who put on their uniforms each day without knowing what challenges they’ll face that day. Let us all be grateful for the men and women who keep Florida safe.”