SERGEANT JACK LOKEINSKY MEMORIAL SERVICE
Fort Lauderdale Department Police Sergeant Jack Lokeinsky was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2016.
Sadly, Sergeant Lokeinsky passed away on May 11, 2017 after a long and courageous battle.
Sergeant Lokeinsky began his career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 1988.
During his tenure, he was assigned to the Operations Bureau as a Patrol Officer and a K-9
Officer. He was then assigned to the Investigative Bureau as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007. His most recent assignment was President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 31. Sergeant Lokeinsky held the position of President of the Fraternal Order of Police for 12 years and served on the Executive Board for the FOP for 23 years.
Sergeant Lokeinsky will be honored on Monday, May 22 at 10:30 A.M. The memorial service will take place at the Broward Center for Performing Arts located at 201 Southwest 5th Avenue in the City of Fort Lauderdale. The public is invited to join Sergeant Lokeinsky's family, the police department and the entire City of Fort Lauderdale as we celebrate his life.
Chief Rick Maglione stated:
"The police department and entire Fort Lauderdale community mourns the loss of Sergeant Jack Lokeinsky. Jack served the City of Fort Lauderdale for nearly three decades, and left a lasting impression on all who knew him. Jack will be remembered for his leadership, generosity, integrity and commitment to duty. On behalf of the women and men of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, thank you for keeping Jack and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Jack Lokeinsky, a longtime Fort Lauderdale police sergeant and local police union president, has died. He was 52.
Lokeinsky was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer last summer and hadn’t been responding well to chemotherapy, said his wife, Jennifer Lokeinsky.
He died Thursday morning at his home in Cooper City.
The third child of four, he moved to Florida from the Bronx in New York when he was young, Jennifer Lokeinsky said. He was dedicated to law enforcement for more than 30 years, beginning his career as a Pembroke Pines police officer when he was 23, she said.
Four years later, after a brief time as a Cooper City police officer, he signed on with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, she said, where he stayed for the rest of his career.
He became president of the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 31 in 2005, she said, where he worked closely with community leaders and residents.
Lokeinsky made a lot of friends through his charity work, but his humor is what he is remembered for, she said.
“He would go to any length whatsoever to get a laugh out of somebody,” she said. “That’s why so many people were so affected by him. He was very much a prankster.”
He coached his two daughters, Jessica, now 29, and Kaitlyn, 26, in various sports while they were growing up. He also enjoyed fishing and golfing, she said.
Lokeinsky regularly aired his grievances — against budget cuts, contract woes and state legislation — in letters to the editor.
During a prolonged contract dispute about a decade ago, Lokeinsky battled with then-City Manager George Gretsas. Officers in the union, led by Lokeinsky, protested the city’s lack of a police contract in 2007 and warned of poor staffing and rising crime.
In 2008, he called for the firing of Gretsas during a press conference and announced a union vote of no confidence in the city manager. The vote was 398-6.
“Retire, resign, quit. Leave the city of Fort Lauderdale,” Lokeinsky said.
He was always a great supporter of the city, said current City Manager Lee Feldman.
“I consider him a true friend,” he said. “He will be missed.”
Lokeinsky was not the type to ask for help, and focused instead on helping others, said Mayor Jack Seiler. When he first became ill, he told Seiler he didn’t need everyone around helping him out, he said.
“I said, ‘Jack, you’ve spent the last three decades being around helping everyone else out,’” he said. “His style was not to moan or whine. His style was to take action.”
Seiler and Lokeinsky bicycled together for seven years before he got sick, he said. One of their last rides together was the Tour de Force in 2016, when they biked 55 miles to honor police officers killed in the line of duty, he said.
Shortly after that ride, Lokeinsky was diagnosed, he said.
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:30am Broward Performing Arts Center
Family will hold a public service on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:30am at the Performing Arts Center where everyone is asked to gather between 9am-1015am.