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Students pay tribute to Officer Robert German, a Seminole State alumnus

Criminal justice students stand in tribute as the funeral processional for Windermere Police Officer Robert German passes near the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
Officer Robert German

Students from Seminole State College of Florida’s Criminal Justice Academy honored Windermere Police Officer Robert German on Thursday, March 27.

Twenty-five students from the College’s Criminal Justice Academy attended the funeral to pay tribute. As the funeral processional passed near the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, an additional 32 students, along with Program Manager Gus Beckstrom, stood at attention and saluted in recognition of the fallen officer.

German is a 2007 graduate of Seminole State’s Criminal Justice Academy. 

Beckstrom says seeing the funeral of a fallen officer is a “reality check” for students who are preparing for a career in law enforcement.

The funeral processional passed north on U.S. 17-92 after the funeral at Northland Church in Longwood. The College also recognized German on its digital marquee throughout the processional. German was fatally shot about 4 a.m. on 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.

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.

German is the seventh Seminole State Criminal Justice Academy graduate to die in the line of duty. Other Seminole State alumni are:

  • Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Hugh E. Thomas, a 1984 graduate who died in service in 1989. 
  • Orange County Sheriff's Deputy John J. Creegan, a 1994 graduate who died in service in 1996.
  • Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Heber, a 1982 graduate who died in service in 1997.
  • Orange County Deputy John Hollomon, a 1988 graduate, who died in service in 1998.
  • Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Gregory, a 1991 graduate who died in service in 1998.
  • Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Miller, a 1981 graduate who died in service in 2011. 

Seminole State College has been training Central Florida's law enforcement since January 1969. 

Criminal justice students stand in tribute as the processional for Officer Robert German, a Seminole State alumnae, passes near the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. 

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