Sergeant John S. Dennard

Sergeant John S. Dennard

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, May 5, 1983

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John S. Dennard

Sergeant John Dennard was killed when he was stabbed with a shank by two inmates who attacked him and other guards in the main housing unit at Union Correctional Institution.

He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Three other guards who suffered stab wounds recovered from their injuries.

Both inmates were convicted of first-degree murder. One was sentenced to death but later had his sentence commuted to life. The other suspect was sentenced to life. In 2000 he received a new trial. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years.

Sergeant Dennard was survived by his mother, brother, and six sisters, 14 nieces and six nephews.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Commuted to life

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Steve, going on also 38 years ago, I was working on the day we lost you. After losing some more friends, in Law Enforcement, I decided to look up this website. Sorry, it took me so long to find this. You have never been forgotten, just wanted you to know. Rest In Peace Dear Friend.

Lynda Edwards Premorel
Retired Correctional Officer II
Union Correctional Inst - 1980-1987
Mayo Correctional Inst- 1987-1990
St. Pete PRC -1991-1995

February 23, 2021

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