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Deputy Sheriff Herman G. Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Herman G. "Hampsy" Arndt

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 30, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Deputy Arndt and Sheriff Lamar Sledge were both shot during a shoot-out in Madison County at a roadside restaurant. Deputy Arndt died the next day and Sheriff Sledge passed away two weeks later.

The owner of the restaurant was charged with their murders. After two mistrials, his third trial resulted in a manslaughter conviction. On October 24, 1935, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Deputy Arndt and Sheriff Sledge were brother-in-laws. He was survived by his wife, son, and step-son. Deputy Arndt was buried in the Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, Florida.

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Sheriff Lamar W. Sledge
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 14, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016

 

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