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Deputy John W. Greeney, III | Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida


John W. Greeney, III

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 17, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy John Greeney was shot and killed after he and his partner, Deputy Robert Sallustio, surprised two robbery suspects in response to a silent alarm at Church's Fried Chicken on West Broward Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Both officers were struck by the gunfire. Deputy Greeney suffered four wounds to the chest. Deputy Sallustio suffered less serious injuries and recovered.

The suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to life in prison and the other sentenced to death.

Deputy Greeney was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had been employed with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his parents, sister, grandmother, and three sons.

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I was stationed with Chief Greeney in Italy in 1985. He always had a kind word of encouragement as he lead by example. What I remember most was his take charge attitude and his care for his airman...Those qualities have served me well during my career in law enforcement. Thank-You Chief for seeing something in me all those years ago...Rest in Peace knowing that your service to the USAF, the Broward Sheriffs Office, and to your fellow man was not in vain. You Sir lived in and for a purpose...

Kevin O. Williams Lt. MD-DOC (Ret)
Served with Chief Greeney (USAF)
November 26, 2016


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