Deputy Sheriff Mariano "Rocky" Lemus, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Mariano "Rocky" Lemus, Jr.

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, May 6, 2005

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Mariano "Rocky" Lemus, Jr.

Deputy Rocky Lemus succumbed to hepatitis C, which he had contracted years earlier while on duty. He had been diagnosed with the late stages of the disease in 2004.

He had been exposed to people infected with the disease during drunk driving enforcement activities. In addition, he had been bitten by a man infected with the disease when he responded to a domestic violence call.

Deputy Lemus had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by is wife, son, daughter, parents, brother, sisters, nieces, and nephews.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

communicable disease

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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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