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Bay Harbor Islands will name new park after police officer killed in 1990


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Bay Harbor Islands will name a planned park on 98th Street after a police officer killed in the line of duty.

The initiative to name the park after Scott Adams Winters comes after Vice Mayor Jordan Leonard’s proposal at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

Officer Winters grew up in Bay Harbor Islands before he was killed in action in Pompano Beach while responding to an assault against a woman on July 29, 1990.

He was only 28 years old at the time and was supposed to be off-duty before he got killed with his own gun.

Winters was also a police officer for Bay Harbor Islands in the 1980s and attended Bay Harbor Elementary, now Ruth K. Broad Elementary.

“I can think of no better person to name our park,” Leonard said. “This is going to be our best park in town and I think we need to show what type of community we are by honoring Officer Winters; it’s a reflection of how we think about our town and our people.”

Thirteen police officers who worked with Winters showed up at Monday’s Town Council meeting to pay their respects to the fallen officer.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Capt. Wayne Atkins said it was not only very noble of Vice Mayor Leonard to honor Officer Winters but also appropriate because he worked with kids as a K-9 officer.

“His job was his life. He breathed, lived, and thought about being a police officer,” Atkins said. “He loved children; I often caught him playing basketball with kids.”

BSO Capt. Nathan Osgood added that Winters was the first police officer to be killed in Pompano Beach and that all the officers who attended the meeting were his family.

BSO took over the Pompano Beach Police Department in 1999.

The officers also have a memorial for Winters every year after his passing.

“I remember watching In Living Color (which is a show that Scott and I would often talk about) in those days when I received the call about ‘Scott my man,’ ” Osgood said. “He was a great person, I was a rookie with him, and I’ll never forget him.”

Added Bay Harbor Islands Sgt. Alan Black: “I applaud the vice mayor to name the park after him; it’s an incredible gesture.”

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