Deputy Sheriff Leon Alexander Bernard

Deputy Sheriff Leon Alexander Bernard

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, April 9, 1963

Leon Alexander Bernard

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.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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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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