Sheriff Earl Sermon Dyess, Sr.

Sheriff Earl Sermon Dyess, Sr.

Hendry County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, August 17, 1980

Earl Sermon Dyess, Sr.

Sheriff Earl Dyess was stabbed to death while investigating suspicious activity.

He was at home when he heard noises coming from a car dealership behind his house. When he went to investigate, he was attacked and stabbed.

Sheriff Dyess was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available


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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 20, 2016

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