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Deputy Sheriff Herbert Julius Hard | DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Herbert Julius Hard

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 13, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Lynched

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Deputy Sheriff Bert Hard was shot and killed while raiding a gambling den with other deputies in Nocatee, Florida.

The man opened fire on the officers with a Winchester rifle, striking Deputy Hard in the abdomen.

The suspect who shot him was captured by an angry mob and lynched after being held by the mob for one week.

Deputy Hard had been sworn in on the day he was murdered.

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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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