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Deputy Sheriff Leon Alexander Bernard | Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Leon Alexander Bernard

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 9, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Bernard was shot and killed while following two armed robbery suspects. Deputy Bernard was an off-duty jailer when he observed the robbery and began following the vehicle. The vehicle stopped near Lake Garfield and the passenger confronted Deputy Bernard and shot him.

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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 27, 2016

 

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