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Fla. county remembers 50-year police veteran

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — As one of the oldest active law enforcement officers in Florida, Edward Patten Jr. spent more than half his life fighting crime, working for seven different police departments during his 49-year career.

He rose to chief in Sunrise and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea before becoming a commander at the Broward Sheriff's Office when it merged with Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in 2001.

Four years ago, he was diagnosed with liver cancer, which later spread to his lungs.

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