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Deputy Sheriff William Henry Dawkins | Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

William Henry Dawkins

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, June 15, 1901

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Dawkins was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an escaped convict. He entered a house the suspect was hiding in and was shot in the stomach with a double-barrel shotgun.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On July 28, 1901, he was shot and killed when he attempted to escape from the Jefferson County Jail.

Deputy Dawkins was survived by his wife and six 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 27, 2016

 

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