Fallen Gadsden County deputy honored at final resting place

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By:Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Gadsden County deputy, 27-year-old Maximillian Sander, was laid to rest after passing away last week from a motorcycle crash in May.

In the incident, a car pulled out in front of Sander, causing the horrific crash.

The military veteran only worked for the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office for four months.

His casket cloaked in an American flag, while dozens saluted him along the way.

The large turnout was not a surprise to fellow deputies.

Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dustin Hatcher said, "He had the personality that got along with anybody."

Tears flowed down faces as they think about the memories.

One fellow national guardsman told WCTV Sander would always make you smile.

Florida National Guardsman Robert Shynski said, "He would always add bro to something, he was a big surfer. A lot of guys in our unit remember him saying one of our favorite things, bro Montana! That was one of the greatest thing, he always knew how to lighten up your day."

Hatcher hopes to continue Sander’s cheerful spirit, "Just being able to make people laugh, I want to try to carry that on. I want to try and make a person’s day better, make their day brighter, no matter what I’m going through."

Shynski wants to carry on Sander’s kind demeanor, "If it was a matter of helping somebody else, he would put that first instead of his own safety and own needs. That's just the type of guy he was, so going forward that's what I would like to take from it."

A young man who gave his heart and soul, to not only his friends and family, but his community and his country.

During the ceremony, a military honor guard presented a flag to the family of Sander.

His final resting place will be at the Tallahassee National Cemetery.


By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A viewing was held Thursday evening for Maximillian Sander, a Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Deputy who died following an off-duty motorcycle accident.

Friends and family gathered at the Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee to give their condolences, remembering Sander both personally and professionally.

Thomas Perkins, a co-worker and friend, says Sander was a light.

"He knew how to turn a serious moment into a bright one," Perkins said. "He knew how to brighten up a room."

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office displayed the patrol car that was dedicated to Sander outside of the viewing.

Frank Allman, Gadsden County Circuit Judge, tried to remain positive.

"We've all lost something very precious," Allman said. "But everyone who knew him is much better for having that experience, so I'll take that with me."

A mass will be held Friday at noon at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Military honors will follow at Tallahassee National Cemetery at 2 p.m.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 10, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is paying tribute to Deputy Maximilian Sander with a patrol car dedicated to his memory.

The vehicle was unveiled Wednesday. Max's mother, Maureen Sander, and his bailiff unit were joined by the honorable Judge Hobbs.

The patrol car will be on display Thursday at a public viewing at Bevis Funeral Home from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.

On Friday, a mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament at noon, and honors will be at the Tallahassee National Cemetery at 2 p.m. All are welcome to join the family at the VFW at 2769 W Tennessee Street at 4 p.m for refreshments.

More images of the vehicle dedication can be found in a gallery at the bottom of this page.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 7, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Funeral arrangements for Deputy Maximilian Sander have been announced by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

A public viewing will be held at Bevis Funeral Home on North Monroe on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. A mass will then be held at Blessed Sacrament at noon on Friday and honors will be at the Tallahassee National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

All are welcome to join the family at the VFW at 2769 W Tennessee Street in Tallahassee at 4 p.m. for refreshments afterwards.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 5, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Gadsden County Deputy Maximilian Sander has passed away from injuries suffered in a crash on May 26.

Sander was moved into hospice care in late July.

During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, Sander was assigned to the Judicial Services Division as Court Bailiff responsible for the overall security of Judges and occupants of the felony court annex.

Sander was 27 years old.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 31, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that Deputy Maximilian Sander has been moved to hospice care.

The sheriff's office posted to its Facebook account on July 29 saying:

"Yesterday Deputy Maximilian Sander was moved to Big Bend Hospice care. His mother Maureen and the family still needs your prayers and support in these hard times."

Deputy Sander, 27, was seriously injured when a car collided with his personal motorcycle on May 26.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Oskari Hiltunen made a left turn onto Lakeshore Drive from North Meridian Road and collided with Sander's motorcycle.

Deputy Sander worked as a bailiff at the Gadsden County Courthouse. He had been with the sheriff's office for about four months at the time of the accident.

Sander previously worked at the Gretna Police Department, and he was in the Florida National Guard.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Deputy Sander. Click here for details.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 30, 2017

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The community is rallying behind a Gadsden County deputy who is recovering in the hospital.

Authorities say 27-year-old Maximillian Sander was driving a motorcycle around 8 p.m. Friday, when he was hit by a car. Troopers say the driver of the car turned left from North Meridian Road onto Lakeshore Drive in Tallahassee.

Deputy Sander was off duty on his personal motorcycle at the time.

Colleagues got the call a few hours after the crash. "My heart just started fluttering," said Corporal Lindsey Anderson with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

"It hits home. It was traumatic for us to hear," GCSO's Sgt. Angie Hightower said.

Sgt. Hightower says he's a one-of-a-kind officer. "He's one of those go-getters. If you know him, you talk to him; very disciplined young man, smart, energetic. He has a lot going for him."

Deputy Sander works as a bailiff at the Gadsden County Courthouse.
"I miss him already," said Cpl. Anderson.

Sander has only been with the sheriff's office for about four months.
Cpl. Anderson said, "Great guy, great worker. He had a lot going on. He didn't mind jumping in and helping out. He's just a really great guy. He'd be at the bailiff unit. He's one of my best guys."

Deputy Sander previously worked at the Gretna Police Department and was in the Florida National Guard.

"We've just been praying. It's going to be a long, rough road to his recovery. But, we are expecting a recovery, prayerfully," said Sgt. Hightower.

As of Tuesday afternoon, deputies say Sander was in intensive care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, but in stable condition.

The sheriff's office has set up a Go Fund Me account for Deputy Sander. You can find that fund here.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Leon County involving a car and a motorcycle.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Friday on North Meridian Road at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive.

According to troopers, 20-year-old Oskari Hiltunen made a left turn on Lakeshore Drive and collided with 27-year-old Gadsden County Deputy Maximillian Sander's motorcycle.

Deputy Sander was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Troopers say charges are pending.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Deputy Sander. Click here for details.




 

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