Volusia County

Daytona Beach officer killed in line of duty gets permanent memorial

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The legacy of a Daytona Beach police officer who died after being shot in the line of duty is receiving a permanent memorial.

Investigators say Othal Wallace shot and killed Officer Jason Raynor last summer.


A new display in Raynor’s honor is being installed at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, including his patrol car signed with messages from fellow officers and the community.

“Someone who is 26 years old and lost his life in a tragic way, at least his family friends and colleagues and many family members in the department will have a way to see him remembered forever,” said Mike Scudiero with Coastal PBA.

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The museum has more than 11,000 artifacts on display honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

Scudiero, who represents Daytona Beach’s police unions, believes Raynor is the first officer in Volusia County to have his own display there.

“We think it’s a really big deal to see a PBA member enshrined forever,” he said.

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Scudiero said the department was debating what to do with the car, whether to scrap it or put it back into service. Ultimately, Scudiero said moving it to the museum ended up being the best choice.

Photos: Funeral procession for fallen Daytona Beach Officer Jason Raynor

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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.