Deputy Sheriff John W. Greeney, III

Deputy Sheriff John W. Greeney, III

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 17, 1990

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John W. Greeney, III

Deputy Sheriff John Greeney was shot and killed after he and his partner surprised two robbery suspects in response to a silent alarm at Church's Fried Chicken at the intersection of West Broward Boulevard and NW 34th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Both officers were struck by the gunfire. Deputy Greeney suffered four wounds to his chest. His partner suffered less serious injuries and recovered.

Both suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to life in prison and the other sentenced to death.

Deputy Greeney was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his parents, sister, grandmother, and three sons.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

alarm, robbery

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It was a week of remembrance these past days, I was summoned for Jury duty were I live.
After being briefed about the charges, illegal weapons and narcotics possession it took me back to an incident that occurred in February of 1990 when we lost a brave man.
Deputy Sheriff Greeney was someone you knew you could count on out there, you knew that he would lay down his life for his fellow man when you met him.

Whether you were Department uniform personnel or a civilian on the street it mattered not.
He would give his all in service to our Nation and ultimately his own life serving protecting and defending the rights liberties and freedoms of the citizens he nobly served in Broward county Florida.

It was an Honor to work and serve with such men as Jack.
He was as they say in the armed forces squared away.

A military service member once said "Do the right thing and everything else takes care of itself" that's who Jack Greeney was and the way he lived his life and yes we were all better for it...

Rest in peace brother.

Curtis Griffin
Broward Sheriffs office state of Florida

June 1, 2024

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