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Hero Down: Perry PD Capt. Michael ‘Gene’ Franklin Dies After Brief Illness

Perry, FL – Perry Police Department (PPD) Captain Michael Eugene “Gene” Franklin died in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 after a brief illness, according to his department.

The PPD announced the 54-year-old police captain’s death in a press release later that day.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Perry Police Department has the unfortunate responsibility of informing everyone that we have suffered a loss in our law enforcement family,” the department said.

Capt. Franklin’s exact cause of death was not released.

He served the PPD for 27 years, starting out as a patrol officer and working his way up to the rank of captain.

“The title of Captain does not do justice to the role he actually filled at the time of his passing,” the department noted. “He was the Assistant Chief of Police, and we honor him in saying his guidance, honor, and faithful service will be forever missed.”

He was also the agency’s operations commander, according to the press release.

Capt. Franklin leaves behind his significant other, Gina, as well as his sons and grandchildren, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, as well as Gina’s children and grandchildren, his former spouse, and his “many brothers and sisters in blue,” the tribute read.

Capt. Franklin was laid to rest on Nov. 27.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Perry Police Department Captain Michael Eugene “Gene” Franklin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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