Deputy Sheriff Bobby L. Corley, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Bobby L. Corley, Sr.

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, August 8, 1965

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Bobby L. Corley, Sr.

Deputy Bobby Corley was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver. Deputy Corley, and a department cadet on a ride-along, were driving Orange Blossom Trail when an oncoming vehicle crossed the median directly in front of them. Deputy Corley swerved to prevent his passenger from absorbing the full impact of the crash. The cadet was saved but Deputy Corley suffered fatal injuries.

Deputy Corley had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and son. On December 10, 1997, his son accepted the Purple Heart award posthumously awarded to Deputy Corley.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender At large, found not guilty

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Even though I never got to meet you I was born the year of 1966 and growing up I always heard great stories about you. My daddy (your brother) never told me how he stepped up for your son Bobby Jr but your son did and Bobby Jr invited me to Florida to visit so he could tell me all about it but that trip I didn't get to make. He past away before I could. I know you must be rejoicing and enjoying all of your family members I can only imagine what a reunion that is. I bet the roof of heaven is busting wide open and Ma-ma Corley is the lead ring leader. I miss all of my family so much I catch myself a lot losing myself in all the memories coming up as a Corley so much love and kindness and respect. I learned a lot from my family daddy was hard but he taught me well. He said when I was a child I would know one day when I had children of my own and he was right about everything he said and taught me. I am so grateful to have u as my Uncle a hero a selfless hero who gave his life so another could live!! I will always be grateful for the family I was raised up in and hopefully some day I will get the chance also to reunite with all of my family and meet you. My mother talked so highly of you. She said you were the kindest and sweetest man she had ever met besides Papa Corley. I just wanted to share this on this memorial weekend of 2020 because I you were weighing heavy on my mind just thinking how u gave your life for another. Thank you for all of your dedication and caring for others... love your niece Sherry Corley Harp

Sherry Corley, Harp

May 24, 2020

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