By Kevin Deutsch
Madison, 43, joined the police force in 2006 and supervised the General Investigations Unit starting in 2020, serving 15 years in the department.
Madison’s colleagues gathered outside Coral Springs Police headquarters to remember the charismatic sergeant known for his big heart and friendliness. They recalled him as a talented leader with a deep passion for his work and an unwavering commitment to his community.
“We are forever grateful for his friendship, loyalty, and love,” the police department said on its Facebook page.
In his own online tribute, Coral Springs Police Chief Bradley McKeone said, “not a day has gone by where we did not miss [Madison’s] sense of humor, leadership, and most importantly, his friendship.”
He called Madison “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.”
Also on Saturday, Madison’s son P.J. visited the police department’s communications center to thank his father’s colleagues for helping him his family. Police have held multiple fundraisers for them since Madison’s death.
“I would just like to say thank you so much for your support for the last year,” said P.J. Madison. “It means so much to me and I thank you for all…you’ve done for me, my mom, and my entire family.”
Pat Madison–a Southern University and A&M College graduate–spent three years on road patrol before police brass chose him to serve as a Field Training Officer, helping newly hired officers learn the ropes.
In 2012, Madison was transferred to the Youth Liaison Unit, where he served as a School Resource Officer at Sawgrass Springs Middle School and later at Coral Springs High School.
Madison was promoted to Sergeant in 2018, returning to road patrol. After two years leading his squad, he was selected to supervise General Investigations.
The police department has not publicly disclosed whether Madison received a COVID-19 vaccination.
“While Pat is missed tremendously, we will never forget the impact he had on our organization, the community, and his fellow brothers and sisters in blue,” McKeone said.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.