PONCE INLET, Fla. -- Max Binz, a longtime lieutenant with the Ponce Inlet Police Department and briefly an acting chief, died Sunday night, the police department announced on the town's website. He was 59.
Here is the posting:
"It is with a very heavy heart, the Ponce Inlet Police Department must inform you, Lieutenant Max Binz passed away last night at the hospital. His faithful and loving wife, Wanda was by his side.
"Lieutenant Binz proudly and honorably served in the United States Navy for four years. His law enforcement career began in Cobb County, Georgia. In 1990, he began working for the Volusia County Beach Rangers. In 1996, he moved to the Volusia County Corrections Department. On May 18, 1997, he started his career at the Ponce Inlet Police Department which lasted for 22 years and earning the rank of Lieutenant. Over the years he received numerous letters of appreciation and commendation.
"He will be remembered for his humor and dedication to his family. Lieutenant Binz was a true mentor and friend to many police officers and other members of the law enforcement community. He was a significant asset to the community of Ponce Inlet. He will be deeply missed.
"Lieutenant Max Binz is survived by his wife, Wanda, six children and eight grandchildren. Please keep Wanda and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time."