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Lieutenant Corey Dahlem | Gainesville Police Department, Florida Gainesville Police Department, Florida


Corey Dahlem

Gainesville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 039

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 4/3/2007

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Lieutenant Corey Dahlem was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on foot patrol during celebration ceremonies following a championship game in which the University of Florida's basketball team had won.

Lieutenant Dahlem was walking across West University Avenue, which had been closed to vehicular traffic, when a pickup truck turned onto the roadway and struck him from behind at approximately 2:30 am. The driver of the truck immediately fled in the vehicle but was boxed in a short distance away by two officers.

The driver was taken into custody and charged in connection with the incident.

Lieutenant Dahlem was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He died from his injuries 19 hours later, after being taken off of life support.

On October 4, 2007, the suspect entered a guilty plea of aggravated manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. A blood test showed that the suspect had a blood alcohol level of 0.271 more than three times the legal limit the night he struck Lieutenant Dahlem. On December 12, 2007, the suspect was sentenced to 10 year in prison.

Lieutenant Dahlem had served with the Gainesville Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I just woke up this morning thinking about you. We are still carrying on but missing you the same. I still think about you EVERY time I run on a treadmill early in the morning. You will always be in all of our hearts.
Keep everyone in line up there where you are watching over us down here.


Gainesville Police Department
March 7, 2015


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