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Deputy Sheriff John Joseph Creegan | Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

John Joseph Creegan

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 29, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Deceased

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Deputy John Creegan struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by other officers. Deputy Creegan had just deployed stop sticks in order to stop a stolen truck, driven by an 18-year-old.

The driver of the vehicle drove off the road, around two patrol car, and then intentionally struck Deputy Creegan. As the driver continued to flee he was observed making obscene hand gestures at other deputies and laughing after he struck Deputy Creegan.

The driver was later shot by a pursuing deputy and ultimately crashed the truck. As a result of being shot, the suspect was paralyzed from the neck down, and died several years later.

Deputy Creegan was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Orange County Sheriff's for 1 year and had previously served with the Casselberry Police Department for 1 year. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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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 20, 2016


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