Windermere Police Officer Robert German, a 2007 graduate of the Seminole State College of Florida Criminal Justice Academy, was killed in the line of duty early Saturday, March 22.
"Officer German's tragic death is a grim reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers and other first responders face each day while carrying out their duties," said Jim Lee, associate dean of the Center for Public Safety. "We are proud to have known Officer German, and we here at Seminole State College extend our sincere sympathies to his family and the men and women of the Windermere Police Department."
German, a graduate of Lake Mary High School, was shot to death on Conroy-Windermere Road about 4 a.m. on March 22. German, known as "Robbie" to his friends and family, was a police officer in Windermere for five years.
"Officer German was well-known and well-liked … one of those men who would take the time to stop and talk to people, and that's one of the reasons he said he liked working in Windermere because he could do just that," Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told the Orlando Sentinel.
Additionally, German was the son of Timothy German, who works in the Academic Success Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus as an instructional support specialist.
Visitation for Officer German will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Northland, A Church Distributed, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Northland. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Sanford. About 30 Seminole State Criminal Justice Academy students will honor Officer German by participating in the funeral service.
German is the seventh Seminole State Criminal Justice Academy graduate to die in the line of duty. Other Seminole State alumni are:
Seminole State College has been training Central Florida's law enforcement since January 1969.
Note: The number of officers was updated on March 23, 2014, after additional information was discovered.