By Sharon Aron Baron
Sergeant Patrick “Pat” Madison, a decorated 15-year member of the Coral Springs Police Department, died from complications of COVID-19 on Friday.
According to a statement from Chief Clyde Parry, he said Sgt. Madison’s death is tragic and untimely; he was taken from us way too early.
“Announcing the death of one of our members is the hardest thing I have had to do as Chief of Police. Especially when that member had a tremendous impact on our organization and a bright future ahead of them,” said Chief Parry. “Pat’s life was in service to others. Pat was a leader to his fellow officers, a friend to many, and a mentor to future law enforcement officers in our Explorer Program.”
Sgt. Madison, 43, was a graduate of Southern University and A&M College and joined the Coral Springs Police Department in 2006.
After three years on road patrol, he was selected to serve as a Field Training Officer, helping newly hired officers learn how to provide effective and safe law enforcement service to the community.
In 2012, Sgt. Madison was transferred to the Youth Liaison Unit, where he served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Sawgrass Springs Middle School and later at Coral Springs High School. Many students, parents, and faculty will remember Pat as a mentor during his tenure as an SRO.
As an advisor for our Police Explorer Program, Sgt. Madison instilled the importance of public service for youth interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. While serving in the Youth Liaison Unit, Pat identified and assisted families in need and regularly participated in community outreach programs.
Sgt. Madison was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2018, returning to road patrol. After two years of leading his squad, Pat was selected to supervise General Investigations in 2020.
According to Chief Parry, “Pat was a tremendous leader whose passion for his job was only surpassed by his commitment to his community and the citizens he served.”
“Pat was recognized by his peers and the community for his outstanding service, as evident with the many awards and commendations he received. Pat was a servant leader whose unwavering support for the men and women he supervised speaks volumes about his character and his commitment to them. He was the kind of boss that everyone wanted to work for. “
Sgt. Madison is survived by his son, Patrick Jr. “PJ,” fiancé, Hazel Mullings, mother, Charlotte Madison, brother, Carl Madison and sister, Deatreaus Johnson.”
He is being transported to Coral Springs Funeral Home on Friday.
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