It Was Not a Police Chase: That Cop Convoy You Saw on Palm Coast Parkway
FlaglerLive | May 18, 2012
Around noon today a convoy of at-times fast-flying marked and unmarked Flagler County Sheriff’s Office cruisers flew down from Celico Way and Old Kings Road, then west on Palm Coast Parkway, and down U.S. 1. It was not a chase, nor did it have anything to do with Thursday’s robbery of the Bank of America.
The convoy was on its way to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, which is unveiling a new memorial to honor the late Frankie Celico, the Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy who died at age 33.
Celico Way was renamed in his honor on his birthday in January. The convoy started there, then picked up members of his family at Celico Auto Body in Bunnell. Parts of the route were briefly blocked off along the way.
The hall of fame, founded in 1960, is the nation’s first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Celico was on duty when he died, but his death was related to a heart issue. (The sheriff’s office on Thursday conducted its annual memorial for the fallen, reading off the names deputies killed in the line of duty since the 1920s. Celico’s name was not included.)