Deputy Sheriff Joshua Edwin Blyler

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Edwin Blyler

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, May 2, 2004

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Joshua Edwin Blyler

Deputy Blyler was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a 911 call.

Deputy Blyler had been dispatched to a theft at a convenience store, but was diverted to a 911 hang up call. Deputy Blyler was driving his marked patrol car in a non-emergency mode when he lost control and struck a mailbox. He went into a drainage ditch, began to overturn, and struck a tree and power pole.

A team from St. John's County Fire Rescue witnessed the crash and worked to save Deputy Blyler, using the Jaws of Life to free him from the wreckage. Deputy Blyler was removed by air ambulance to Shands Jacksonville, where he died shortly after 5 a.m.

Deputy Blyler had served with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for 10 months, and is survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 3257

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since you passed. Your memory is as fresh as it was when you were with us. Your watch didn't end with your passing. You continue your watch from Heaven. My last memory of you was at the Police Academy in St. Johns County. You were attending to become a Police Officer and I was being re-certified. I can still hear your foot steps as you ran up behind me calling Uncle Mark. I was so glad to see you and so proud of you. Never knowing that was the last time I would see you on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to your Mom, Dad & Brother and Extended Family. You will always be missed.

Mark Francis - Former Police Officer

May 2, 2019

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