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4-25-18

Gilchrist fallen deputies laid to rest

Sgt. Noel Ramirez

Above: Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30 years old.
-Photo Courtesy GCSO

Deputy Taylor Lindsay

Deputy Taylor Lindsay, 25 years old.
-Photo Courtesy GCSO


By Tami Stevenson


Thousands, including Governor Scott, attended the memorial service and funeral procession in Bell, yesterday, honoring the two fallen deputies that were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty in Trenton, Gilchrist County, Florida, on April 19.


It is possibly the largest funeral procession ever in Florida. Law enforcement and citizens from around the state, across the country and talk of law enforcement even from Canada converged on the small town of Trenton days before the ceremony to honor 30-year-old Sergeant Noel Ramirez, a seven-year veteran, and 25-year-old Deputy Taylor Lindsay, a three-year veteran, along with their families and fellow law enforcement. The deputies were gunned down without warning while on duty eating lunch at the Ace China Restaurant.


Public viewing was held at Bell Middle/High School, followed immediately by a non-denominational service. Graveside honors were held at the Bronson Cemetery in Bronson, Florida.


Sergeant Ramirez left behind a wife and two young children. He served at both the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.


Deputy Lindsey served for over three years with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, originally joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2013.


According to a release from Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz, Drummond Community Bank has established benefit accounts for both deputies, and donations may be made at any branch.


“We are grateful and continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support for our two fallen deputies, and can now confirm online, trusted and official methods to accept donations for Taylor, Noel, and Noel’s children,” the release stated.


Drummond Community Bank’s benefit account for both deputies can be credited online with the following information:


Financial Institution: Drummond Community Bank
PO Box 1039, Chiefland, FL 32644
Routing Number: 063113879
Account Number: 1003000088


Additionally, a verified Go Fund Me account, https://www.gofundme.com/noelramirez, has been established by Ramirez’s father-in-law to accept donations, in trust, for Sergeant Ramirez’s children.


The suspected shooter, John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida, reportedly went back to his car and shot himself after the senseless, cowardly ambush. He was found dead by responders in his vehicle nearby the restaurant from what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the active, ongoing criminal investigation.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these fallen deputies and law enforcement everywhere as they risk their lives daily to keep us safe.