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Deputy Sheriff Mariano Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Mariano "Rocky" Lemus, Jr.

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, May 6, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: Not available

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Not available

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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.

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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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