Deputy Sheriff John Mark Dial

Deputy Sheriff John Mark Dial

Richland County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, April 17, 1992

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John Mark Dial

Deputy Sheriff John Dial was killed when his patrol car was struck by a pickup truck being driven by a drunk driver.

The collision occurred at the intersection of U.S. 321 and Crane Church Road.

The 50-year-old driver was convicted of felony driving under the influence and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Deputy Dial had served with the Richland County Sheriff's Department for almost three years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 18 years

drunk driver, routine driving, vehicle crash

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Gone but never forgotten. It gets tougher in your job every day, but thankfully more like you choose to protect us. Eternal thanks for your sacrifice.

Brett Hyder
Appreciative citizen

April 18, 2022

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