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Deputy Sheriff Garry E. Hobbs | Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Garry E. Hobbs

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, December 9, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Exposure to toxins

Incident Date: 6/7/1991

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Deputy Sheriff Garry Hobbs died as a result of being exposed to high levels of herbicide while recovering a stolen vehicle nine years earlier.

Deputy Hobbs was examining the vehicle on June 7th, 1991, when a crop duster inadvertently sprayed him as it flew overhead. The herbicide caused severe neurological damage that caused his health to deteriorate until his death on December 9th, 2000.

Deputy Hobbs was a Vietnam War veteran. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, sister, and a brother.

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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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