In Memoriam of Deputy Ben Nimtz
The Sheriff's Foundation of Broward has created the Deputy Benjamin Nimtz Memorial Fund to support the education of his two surviving children. 100% of donated proceeds go to support the education of his children without fund management or maintenance fees. Help us honor Deputy Nimtz's memory by supporting his children's future!
The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a BSO deputy who died after being involved in a crash while on duty early Sunday morning.
Around 3 a.m. July 21, BSO Deerfield Beach Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, 30, was responding, with lights and siren activated, to a call of a domestic dispute. He and another deputy, driving separate BSO vehicles, were headed southbound on Military Trail approaching the intersection of Southwest 10th Street. As the first BSO vehicle made its way through the intersection, it crashed with a Toyota Tundra that was headed eastbound on Southwest 10th Street. The second BSO deputy, who witnessed the crash, immediately called for help.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue transported Deputy Nimtz and the sole occupant of the pickup, Darran Johnson, 32, to Broward Health North. Deputy Nimtz succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Johnson was hospitalized, and his injuries are not life-threatening.
BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating the cause of the collision. Based on the preliminary investigation and the extent of damage to both vehicles, detectives said Johnson was speeding, and his excessive speed was a contributing factor to the crash.
The investigation continues while detectives await the results of Johnson’s toxicology test.