40 challenge coins from across US to be presented to fallen Daytona Beach officer’s family

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Volusia County community is continuing to show an outpouring of support for Daytona Beach Officer Jason Raynor, 26, who died Tuesday after he was shot in the line of duty in June.

Dawn Landry has more than 40 challenge coins she’s collected from law enforcement agencies across the country to present to the Raynor family.

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Challenge coins are usually given out to mark an officer’s achievement or entrance into an organization.

Landry said she started the collection because she wants to show the officer how much people care.

She’s collected the challenge coins and letters from all over the country from various police departments wanting to show their support for Officer Raynor.

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“I wanted him to see that 49 states who never knew him cared about him was praying for him and to turn it into a memorial board now breaks my heart,” Landry said.

Even though she will not be able to present the board to him in person, she feels he’s still watching.

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Landry said she plans to present a display board with the coins to the police department on Monday so they can give it to the Raynor family.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.