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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Rest in peace Officer Dennard. Please know that your memory, service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.


May 5, 2024

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