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Deputy Sheriff George W. Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

George W. "Son" Durrance

Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Killed while awaiting trial

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Deputy Durrance was shot and killed while searching for the murderer of Sheriff Perry Hall three days earlier. Deputy Durrance had received information the suspect may be in Greenland, Florida, and was conducting a stakeout. Deputy Durrance observed a man fitting the suspect's description and ordered him to raise his hands. The man raised a shotgun and exchanged shots with Deputy Durrance. Both men were struck.

The man who shot Deputy Durrance was not the suspect in Sheriff Hall's murder. He was a night watchman hired to protect the local post office. He was killed several weeks later while awaiting trial for Deputy Durrance's murder.

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Sheriff Perry Hall
Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, August 21, 1927
Cause: Assault

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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 25, 2016

 

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