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Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry | Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff

Dennis Ray McElderry

Davis County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Friday, January 3, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 26-3

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 1/3/2003

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Sentenced to 12 years

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Deputy Dennis McElderry was struck and killed by a patrol car after deploying stop sticks during a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 63 just north of Bloomfield, Iowa, shortly before midnight.

The suspect, who was being chased, later turned himself in and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. The suspect was convicted of charges related to Deputy McElderry's death and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

Deputy McElderry had been employed with the Davis County Sheriff's Department for four years, and he is survived by his three children, fiancee, parents, and two sisters.

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Eleven years later and there really aren't a lot of tears but every once in a while things bring you back. I heard Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You" right around your EOW and it brought back memories of a time that seems like only yesterday but was over a decade ago.

You and I driving in that truck of yours. The kids were with us and I wasn't paying attention to the radio. I remember you saying, "You should listen to this song. It's a good one." I remember this because I remember thinking at the time how that comment was really weird coming from you because this was not the type of music you listened to at all. Looking back, it was a "good one."

I used to ask you what it was about me that would make you travel hundreds of miles just for a chance to meet me and you used to say you didn't know exactly what it was or how it happened, it just WAS. You knew that you loved me and that it felt right and that was all you needed. Hearing this song after all these years, I now see how this song was OUR story. I miss living that story. More importantly I miss YOU. That's where the tears are. At the same time I feel so incredibly blessed that I was even able to be a part of that story. How can someone feel sad and blessed at the same time?

Having said that, you are a blessing. I thank you Dennis for the incredible love you gave me in our short time together and the love you continue to give. As life goes on know that OUR story will always be one of the most beautiful chapters in my life. You will always be missed and will always have a huge part of my heart.

Sending lots of hugs & lots of love,

Joss :)


Savage Garden: "I Knew I Loved You"

Maybe it's intuition
But some things you just don't question
Like in your eyes
I see my future in an instant
and there it goes
I think I've found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

There's just no rhyme or reason
only this sense of completion
and in your eyes
I see the missing pieces
I'm searching for
I think I found my way home
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe

A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I found you

Jocelyne Brar
Dennis' fiance
January 8, 2014


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