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In Loving Memory of Charles "Charlie" W. Maddox

 
 
 
                                         
 
 
 
 
 
Southern States PBA Past President Charlie Maddox passed away on June 25, 2019.
 
Charlie Maddox was born in 1933 in Bessemer Alabama. He survived a childhood that few would. When he was 16 he joined the Army and became an Airborne Ranger. He served in Korea with the 187th Regimental Combat Team- also known as the famed Rakkasans. He was also in the 82nd Airborne, the 11th Airborne, was a military policeman and a drill instructor at the jump school at Fort Benning. He received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Soldiers Medal (for single handily pulling men out of a burning helicopter) United Nations Peace Prize, and master jump wings among other decorations. He went on to serve as a homicide detective for the Miami Dade Sheriffs Office (later Metro Dade) and helped solve several famous murder cases.  Working out of the trunk of his squad car with membership cards in a shoebox, he founded the Dade County Police Benevolent Association and later the Florida and Southern States PBA‘s. Later in life he served as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and was the first CEO of the Civilian Marksmanship Program - which he helped grow into a national organization. 
 
 

Charlie Maddox recognized early on in his career that there was great need for law enforcement officers to join together and to speak collectively to their elected leaders and decision makers.  He knew that political activity was key for improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers.  He developed a professional screening and endorsement process which has been utilized for decades as the framework for PBA and which has served as a successful forum for law enforcement officers to interact with and educate elected leaders regarding the needs of law enforcement officers.

 

In 1987, the Southern States PBA was incorporated with Charlie Maddox as president.  He served in that capacity until 1991, and he authorized the implementation of the PBA concept throughout the Southeast.

 

Since 1991, Charlie Maddox served on the SSPBA Board of Directors as past president.  His experience, knowledge and advice have been instrumental in the history of Southern States PBA and in advancing the cause of law enforcement officers.

 

 
Now one of the largest and most visible law enforcement associations in the Southeast, Southern States PBA, its members and its employees owe a debt of gratitude to Charlie Maddox for his tireless efforts on behalf of law enforcement.  While he will be greatly missed, his legacy lives on.
 

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