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Deputy Sheriff Glenn Matthew Searles | Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, New York Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff

Glenn Matthew Searles

Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, November 29, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 1600

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Deputy Glenn Searles was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while assisting a stranded motorist on I-481.

This incident occurred in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt. Deputy Searles was returning to his patrol car to retrieve flares, when the driver of a minivan, who became distracted, swerved into Deputy Searles and his patrol car.

Deputy Searles was pinned between the minivan and his patrol car and died from his injuries.

Deputy Searles had served with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department for two years, and had previously served as an investigator with the medical examiner's office. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, brother, and nephew.

In 2010, the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act was signed into New York state law, requiring better driving safety awareness on highways. The law was named in part for Deputy Searles and another fallen officer Robert W. Ambrose.

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Glenn, your dad sent me a picture of you in uniform and EOW date on it. I will now dance in your memory at all the pow wows we attend over the summers, until I can dance no more. The pain and hurt is still there after all these years, as we never had that lunch we planned the last time I saw you. You have taught me that life is too short to carry grudges and that words are best spoken kindly, as you never know if you will be able to apologize for them later. No parent should go through what your and others have done, but as we are not promised tomorrow, I will try harder to make today worth living. Miss you cousin,

Cheryll (Searles) Davis
July 15, 2016


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