Trooper Leroy C. Bender

Trooper Leroy C. Bender

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 25, 1947

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Leroy C. Bender

Trooper Leroy Bender was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Sanford while assisting with removing a vehicle from a ditch on the Sanford Mount Dora Highway.

The vehicle's mirror struck Trooper Bender in the head, causing a fatal injury. The driver later turned himself in and was charged with technical manslaughter.

Trooper Bender had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for three years. He was survived by his wife, mother, father, two sisters, and three brothers.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Turned self in

directing traffic, hit-and-run

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Trooper Bender,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Florida. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 25, 2022

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