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Sergeant John S. Dennard | Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Florida Department of Corrections, Florida


John S. Dennard

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, May 5, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Shank

Offender: Commuted to life

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Sergeant John Dennard was killed when he was stabbed with a shank by two inmates who attacked him and other guards in the main housing unit at Union Correctional Institution. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Three other guards who suffered stab wounds recovered from their injuries.

Both inmates were convicted of first degree murder. One was sentenced to death but later had his sentence commuted to life. The other suspect was sentenced to life. In 2000 he received a new trial. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years.

Sergeant Dennard was survived by his mother, brother, and six sisters, 14 nieces and 6 nephews.

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Correctional Officers Farewell
by Lt. Larry E. Peoples, Sr. (Ret.)

We all know it can happen,
When we put our Colors on.
It only takes an instant,
Then one of us is gone.

Day to day we walk our beat,
In God we put our faith.
'Cause we're the law inside the wall,
We keep the Public safe.

You've done the job that few can do,
Your shift is at an end.
Farewell my Brother, Rest in peace,
On you we could depend.

Lt. Larry Peoples, Sr. (Ret.)
Florida Department of Corrections
May 5, 2014


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