UPDATE: BSO Says Sheriff Didn't Commit To Benefit For Slain Sergeant

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Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was scheduled to be a celebrity judge for the chili cook-off at a benefit car show held over the weekend for the late Sgt. Chris Reyka, who was shot to death behind a Walgreens store in Pompano Beach while on duty two and half years ago.

But for some reason, Lamberti stood up the benefit Saturday at the Police Benevolence Association headquarters on State Road 84. BSO sources tell me that many deputies there who worked alongside Reyka, a 51-year-old husband with four children, and who have been trying to arrest his killers were extremely upset about the sheriff's unexplained no-show. 

It's important to note that the sheriff's angering absence very well may be completely understandable. I'm waiting for an explanation.

UPDATE MONDAY, 10:57 AM: Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal just responded that Sheriff Lamberti "did not commit to being a celebrity judge - the [benefit] organizers did that on their own." I am doing some further reporting and will update in a later post.

Read the story inside.

 

One of the organizers of the event was BSO Dep. Brian Donnelly, who was the first deputy at the scene after the shooting and was with Reyka when he took his final breaths. In Reyka's honor, Donnelly founded the 9463 Foundation for Florida's Fallen Officers.

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"I was fortunate enough to have the honor of comforting Chris as he slipped from this life, and in that moment, I made it my mission to  increase awareness and ease the suffering of survivors," Donnelly writes on the 9463 Foundation's website. "Chris's passing was the birth of a new beginning -- the start of something that codifies the spirit in which Chris lived his life and served his fellow citizen: The 9463 Foundation for Florida's Fallen Officers."

One event organizer, Russ Gagliano, said nobody seemed to know why the sheriff failed to make it to the benefit. I have relayed the question to the sheriff's media relations department and will update with the answer. "It was a shame," said Gagliano, who owns Russ G Classic Cars on State Road 84. "But I'm sure he got called out to something."

Despite the sheriff's absence, the event was a big success, Gagliano said. There was upward of 500 people in attendance, live entertainment, and an appearance by rock guitarist Richie Supa, a onetime member of Aerosmith. Supa, by the way, is a friend and supporter of Lamberti's archrival, Scott Israel, whom Lamberti beat at the polls in 2008. Supa and Israel attended the event together.

A BSO source said deputies there were "livid" about the seeming snub. 

"Whatever his excuse is, it better be good," said the source. "He could have at least called."

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CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

Eye wood hav ben there butt eye found out eye wood have to pay fo the ticket it wasn't a freebe . eye never pay four nothin

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Lose lose for al - if no commitment, why not?

TruthSayer
TruthSayer

Just morphing into a bigger scumbag than he already is!

Stymie
Stymie

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Hey Al Lamberti, FUCK YOU!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Sheriff Lamberti said that he'd be there, (That's what we're being told, I don't really know), and if he said that, he needed to be there. That being said, he was expected at a meeting on Friday, at 11:00 AM, but didn't show up until almost noon. But, we all read about the guy who came into the courthouse with a gun, and he explained his delay when he arrived. Politics sucks, however, one's personal word should be something that we can rely on. Unless he had a serious family emergency, Sheriff Lamberti should have explained his absence by now. All that being said, there is no excuse for dumping on Scott Israel. Let's wait

Anybody but Al
Anybody but Al

Lamberti doesn't give a shit about anybody but him self...oh yeah his friends and family....Wheeler, Frey, Caballo, did I forget any rothstein conspirators or sex offenders?

dems for dollars
dems for dollars

maybe lamberti was with the dolphin democrats! Isnt that where he spends most of his free time?

Justwondering
Justwondering

Big stinkin' deal that Sheriff Lamberti wasn't personally and physically there. I believe he was there in spirit. However, if Sheriff Lamberti indicated that he would in fact be there and then wasn't, one has a reason to wonder why and it is reasonable would expect a phone call. But, without all the facts, it is a little unreasonable to suggest that the Sheriff didn't care. Pulp, this one is a stretch until we have all the facts. Back down a bit.

Curious
Curious

Doesn't Lamdirti have a Secretary?

Dead Norm's Buddy
Dead Norm's Buddy

pulp, big supporter of ya, but come on man...if you spin everything negative even a non issue YOU loose credibility. I know a little something about this case and I can tell you all the stops have been pulled out to identify those involved (many believe they are already locked up) . I can find fault in a lot of things Al has done, missing a chili cook off is not one of them. And quite frankly, screw Israel, he was a bullshit cop and even a worse chief in NMB. His record is tainted and if he is the best we got, holy crap, the fact that he points to McKinley Smith as his mentor speaks volumes! Naw, Al gets a pass, his caledndar is a public record, request his book and see where he was, by the way, which County and Pompano City Commissioners were there? Name those that didn't show as well.....just sayin'.....

Steve-O
Steve-O

He probably had another gig that day paying double time. It was Sunday after all.

PhilW
PhilW

I'm sure Reyka was a nice guy but he died over 3 1/2 years ago, he had a street named after him, and this was probably the 20th event honoring him. At some point can't you just let the guy rest in peace and not act so dramatic about the sheriff's absence?

Yo
Yo

Pulp....you are amazing! You don't know exactly why the Sheriff was not there....so you post the most negative information you can think of before having the facts. Grow up.

Guest
Guest

I always like to give all the benefit of the doubt. However, he should have called. This event was in honor of one of his fallen officers regardless of who was there or not. Symbolically is was important for him to be there.

Donny
Donny

In the last year I've been to many Charitable events and Sheriff Al is always in attendance. Give the guy a break.

Anon33304
Anon33304

Terrible that Lamberti didn't show or call. What kind of message is that for the community and the other officers.

Ab
Ab

Alan berkowitz was not around to pull the little dicks strings.

AlLambirti
AlLambirti

My son had a baseball game. After that I was tired and decided to watch football. What can i tell you. My bad.

unowho
unowho

Isnt that the( retired) criminal with a badge Jeff Marano PBA? ?? ....Nuff Said

Dump
Dump

Sounds like poor planning to me. did the organizers realize there was a playoff game at the same time as their event? Rookies.

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

We are still waiting for the detail office investigation. How about Wheeler and Benji investigations? The list goes on and on. Incompetence at its worst.

We know
We know

At least Scott Israel had the decency to show up.

We know
We know

yes boys it will come out in this next election....better try to run now.

Anybody but Al
Anybody but Al

is he still trying to weasel into Wilton Manors? They would be soooooooooo screwed.

Small Potatoes
Small Potatoes

Israel was never chief of NMB you idiot. He was chief of North Bay Village. You are obviously a Lamberti punk. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

Guest
Guest

It's only proper if someone is expected (and confirmed their presence) at an event and they are unable to attend they contact or make the organizers aware of their change of plans. They do that because it's the right thing to do.

unowho
unowho

Yo not to smart.....Its important to note that the sheriffs angering absence very well may be completely understandable...Im waiting for an explanation!!! Kapeesh!!!

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