Lieutenant Corey Dahlem

Lieutenant Corey Dahlem

Gainesville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2007

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Corey Dahlem

Lieutenant Corey Dahlem was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on foot patrol during celebration ceremonies following a championship game in which the University of Florida's basketball team had won.

Lieutenant Dahlem was walking across West University Avenue, which had been closed to vehicular traffic when a pickup truck turned onto the roadway and struck him from behind at approximately 2:30 am. The driver of the truck immediately fled in the vehicle but was boxed in a short distance away by two officers.

The driver was taken into custody and charged in connection with the incident.

Lieutenant Dahlem was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He died from his injuries 19 hours later, after being taken off of life support.

On October 4, 2007, the suspect entered a guilty plea of aggravated manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. A blood test showed that the suspect had a blood alcohol level of 0.271 more than three times the legal limit the night he struck Lieutenant Dahlem. On December 12, 2007, the suspect was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Lieutenant Dahlem had served with the Gainesville Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 039

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 3, 2007
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

drunk driver

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I had to take the damn intoxilyzer course again for the 7th time in my career due to a recent military deployment and I missed the recert. I had to take the SFST course over for the 3rd time. Every time people ask why an old fart like me stays certified, I explain how you were taken way too soon and that DUI's are personal. Thank you for being my FTO as Corporal Dahlem and I remember your service like it was yesterday. RIP Brother and stay strong KD. Your Dad will never be forgotten!!!!

SGT Tim Miller
Longmont Colorado Police Department

February 26, 2020

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