Port Orange, FL – Ponce Inlet Police Department (PIPD) Lieutenant Max Binz died on Sunday at Halifax Hospital.
The reason for his hospitalization has not been released.
“His faithful and loving wife, Wanda, was by his side,” the PIPD said in a press release.
“He was an extremely dedicated police officer who really cared about the town of Ponce Inlet and all its residents,” Ponce Inlet Police Chief Frank Fabrizio told The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Monday. “It’s a tremendous loss.”
The 59-year-old Navy veteran’s law enforcement career began at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.
He joined the Volusia County Beach Rangers in 1990, and went on to serve the Volusia County Corrections Department six years later.
Lt. Binz was hired by PIPD on May 18, 1997, and dedicated the next 22 years of his life to the department, according to the agency’s press release.
The highly-decorated lieutenant was awarded many commendations and letters of appreciation during his decades of service, and planned to retire at the end of the year, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
“He lived life to the fullest,” Chief Fabrizio told the paper.
“He will be remembered for his humor and dedication to his family,” the PIPD said. “Lieutenant Binz was a true mentor and friend to many police officers and other members of the law enforcement community. He was a significant asset to the community of Ponce Inlet. He will be deeply missed.”
In addition to his wife, Lt. Binz leaves behind his six children and eight grandchildren.
He is also survived by his mother and sister, according to his obituary.
Lt. Binz will be laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ponce Inlet Police Department Lieutenant Max Binz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.