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 October 8th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara dedicates Curtis King Blvd. substation in memory of Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara on Oct. 8 dedicated the Sheriff's Office's Curtis King Boulevard substation to the memory of Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover, one of six Sheriff's Office members who lost his life in the line of duty.

Sheriff Mascara said:

Master Deputy Joe Hover faithfully served the people of St. Lucie County as a member of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office from September 1981 to Oct. 8, 2005.

Joe had a distinguished 24-year career with the Sheriff's Office in Road Patrol, the K-9 Unit, Detective Division and School Resource Deputy Unit.

Joe was injured during defensive tactics training and tragically lost his life as a result of complications from surgery to treat his injury. We honor him today, on the anniversary of his death, as one of six Sheriff's Office members to lose his life in the line of duty.

We also honor Joe's memory for another reason. He was the first deputy of this agency to specialize in the investigation of motor vehicle theft. He took an interest in these cases long before law enforcement agencies made this a specialty area of law enforcement.

Joe also was for many years a specialist in the investigation of criminal activity in the agricultural areas of our county.

For these reasons, I am dedicating the Sheriff's Office airport substation to the memory of Master Deputy Joe Hover. This building houses the Agricultural Crimes Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Warrants Unit and Sex Offender Unit.

From now on, this substation will be known as the Master Deputy Joseph S. Hover Substation.

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