Correctional Officer Hoyt L. Ergle

Correctional Officer Hoyt L. Ergle

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, December 15, 1987

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Hoyt L. Ergle

Officer Hoyt Ergle succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 29 years earlier when he was accidentally shot in the neck while on the department's firing range. The round severed his spinal cord, rendering him a permanent paraplegic.

Officer Ergle was assigned to the Avon Park Correctional Institution at the time. He was survived by his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 19, 1958

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Rest in peace Corrections Officer Ergle. Tragic and sad. A hero forever. I'm glad your family forgave your partner's careless actions. Not sure I would have. Every accident can be preventable with some measure of thought.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 12, 2018

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