A young Indian Harbor Beach police officer is buried Tuesday afternoon. Police officer Madison Merritt died two days after Christmas 2021 in a motorcycle wreck.
What you need to know
- Officer Madison Merritt died on December 27, 2021 in a motorcycle wreck
- For those who cannot attend in person, the funeral service will be broadcast live
- A scholarship is set up on her behalf to help women enter the police academy
The visitation takes place in the Catholic Church Holy Name of Jesus in Indialantic from 12 noon to 1 pm, and the funeral service begins shortly thereafter.
For those who are unable to attend in person, the church will broadcast the service via live stream. You can find the stream by clicking on it here as soon as the service starts.
Then there is a procession to the Florida Memorial Garden Cemetery in Rockledge.
Honor an officer
The 24-year-old officer was driving near the intersection of Pineda Causeway and Patrick Drive when the wreck occurred at 2:40 a.m. on December 27, 2021, according to a notice from Florida Highway Patrol.
Merritt was wearing her helmet at the time of the wreck.
Following the crash, the Indian Harbor Beach Police Department described Merritt as follows:
âMadison was a popular member of the Indian Harbor Beach Police Department and the city of the Indian Harbor Beach Community. She really loved being the city police officer and loved helping our citizens. She always had a smile on her face and will miss her very much. ”
Several residents shared photos with the Interactions Department they had with Merritt while serving as an officer.
Her family hopes that her life can serve as a model for other young women who might wish to wear the badge. The department noted on social media that, instead of flowers, they are working on setting up a scholarship on behalf of Merritt to support women who want to enter the police academy.
Details about the scholarship are in preparation.