Deputy Sheriff Glenn Matthew Searles

Deputy Sheriff Glenn Matthew Searles

Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 29, 2003

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Glenn Matthew Searles

Deputy Glenn Searles was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while assisting a stranded motorist on I-481.

This incident occurred in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt. Deputy Searles was returning to his patrol car to retrieve flares, when the driver of a minivan, who became distracted, swerved into Deputy Searles and his patrol car.

Deputy Searles was pinned between the minivan and his patrol car and died from his injuries.

Deputy Searles had served with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department for two years, and had previously served as an investigator with the medical examiner's office. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, brother, and nephew.

In 2010, the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act was signed into New York state law, requiring better driving safety awareness on highways. The law was named in part for Deputy Searles and another fallen officer Robert W. Ambrose.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1600

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Again I say to all, my deepest condolences to the ENTIRE family of Deputy Searles, especially to his mother Geri. We thank you for your services to the County of Onondaga, State of New York and to our great country the United States of America. I also thank you for stopping to assist a person in need on I.481, a road that can be extremely dangerous; I have traveled I. 481 thousands of times. May Glenn's soul forever rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

January 30, 2018

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