Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah M. "Jerry" Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Jeremiah M. "Jerry" Mattox

Nassau County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 13, 1954

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Jeremiah M. "Jerry" Mattox

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Mattox was shot and killed by a man as he exited his patrol car at the scene of a domestic disturbance on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach, just two blocks from where he lived.

Sadly, his wife, who was returning from the beach with friends, witnessed the entire incident.

Deputy Mattox was a United States WWII veteran and was Nassau County Sheriff's Office's first black deputy who served for four years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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Deputy Sheriff Mattox,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 13, 2024

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