Statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department
It is with deep sadness that we share with you, the passing of Master Deputy Robert L. Howard. Surrounded by his son Deputy Robert “Bo” Howard, II, family, and loved ones, Master Deputy “Bobby” Howard, 53, succumbed to injuries he sustained from a traffic crash on Friday, June 23, 2023, while off-duty, traveling to a planned engagement.
“Master Deputy Howard, with more than 17 years of service, served the citizens of Hillsborough County with distinguishment and the utmost professionalism,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “His dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and commitment to our mission to protect and serve were without question. We will hold his family and friends in our hearts as they walk this difficult path. I pray with each of you, that together we will find the strength to persevere through this difficult time and celebrate the life and lasting legacy of Master Deputy Howard.”
(Image courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page)
East Bay Raceway Park staff and management sends its condolences to family and many friends through these difficult times.