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Deputy Sheriff Joshua Edwin Blyler

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, May 2, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joshua Edwin Blyler

Deputy Sheriff Blyler.
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. John’s County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 2, 2024

It' been 20 years today . You are so missed and so loved . I know you and Aunt Sherry have been having a great time together. I wonder how your life would have been. Look over you mom and dad and Mitchell . Gone but never forgotten.

Candy Turner

May 2, 2024

I attended high school with his mom and dad. A parent never expects to outlive a child. My thoughts and prayers are with his survivors.

Keith Hodges

March 21, 2023

Hey Joshua,

Was just thinking about you today really hard for some reason . Missing you and what your life would have been like . Please continue to watch over us all .

Candace Smith
Aunt Candy

April 8, 2022

Josh. Still think about you all the time. Adopted the phrase “it’s all good” hoping to channel some of your incredible energy and love. I will never forget arriving at your funeral and the first thing I saw was a picture of you holding me as a baby. Who knew you could feel such sorrow at 11. I still do not understand why God took you. I never will. I miss you. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person even years after you’ve been gone. Love you.



September 8, 2021

We love & miss you, Mom & Dad

Barbara Blyler

May 2, 2021

Keeping your Mom and Dad in my thoughts as they honor you on the anniversary of your E.O.W., seventeen long years ago.

Norie Haas
Mother of Deputy Brian A. Haas

May 2, 2021

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

May 2, 2020


It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since you passed. Your memory is as fresh as it was when you were with us. Your watch didn't end with your passing. You continue your watch from Heaven. My last memory of you was at the Police Academy in St. Johns County. You were attending to become a Police Officer and I was being re-certified. I can still hear your foot steps as you ran up behind me calling Uncle Mark. I was so glad to see you and so proud of you. Never knowing that was the last time I would see you on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to your Mom, Dad & Brother and Extended Family. You will always be missed.

Mark Francis - Former Police Officer

May 2, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Blyler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 2, 2019

Its almost Christmas again and I know your parents as well as the family miss you. There isn't a day I don't think about you . Please watch over us all and visit when you can . Love and miss you . So much has changed since you have been gone .

Candy Smith

December 21, 2017

I was a couple of years older than you when you died. I was a cop in Knoxville Tennessee. I relocated and got a job with st. Augustine p.d. Right after your death. I'm 38 now with 3 kids. I never knew you, but your story brought me here for some reason. I'm still with sapd. I hope to meet you in the ever after. Your passing called me here. God bless brother.

Cpl. Tim Bryan
St Augustine p.d.

October 15, 2016

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

I was just thinking about you today Joshua, just wanted to leave a note for you. You are missed so much.


March 4, 2015

Thinking of you today and keeping your family in our prayers. Miss you buddy.

Deputy Steven Lay #3268
St Johns County Sheriffs Office

May 2, 2014

My heart and prayers are with your mom, dad and brother today and always. May God continue to guide them through the troubled times. Time does not heal the broken hearts of those left behind, our children will forever hold a special place in our hearts. May you continue to rest in peace Deputy Blyler and thank you for your service and protection to us all.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

May 2, 2013

Joshua, it is so hard to believe that you have been gone for 9 years. I think of you all the time and every time I dust your picture I talk to you. I wonder how things would be for us all if you was still here. Thank you for watching over us. I know you have saved many. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU DEARLY.


May 1, 2013

Joshua, I met a St. Johns County deputy today and he said he knew you. Ive had you on my mind lately, and I miss you. I wish that you were here, however, we are all so blessed to have you watching over us. I wish we could've known each other better, but it doesn't change how much I love you. I have much respect for you. You are what a real man, and deputy should act like. You are a fine example for others to follow. Please keep your eye on us, especially me, I can never stay outta trouble! Hehe. And FYI for the most part, things down here are "all good." 3257<3 Love, mamfy.

Samantha Smith
First Cousin

February 13, 2013

Josh, I never talked with you but I have heard about you. I moved to st Augustine beach in my teen years, and heard about you while riding with sabpd. In 2012 I became a police officer then a deputy sheriff In louisiana. All I can say is I always looked At your page on here and wished that one day I would become a Leo. You gave your young life to the people of Florida and I have nothing but love and respect for you. Rip brother. Harrison pd ohio explorer, butler county sheriff ohio explorer, ohio investigative unit ci, Sanford pd Florida explorer, ky doc officer, in doc officer, Ville platte Louisiana police officer, evangeline parish sheriffs office Louisiana sheriffs deputy

D. Fort

August 21, 2012

I was with Deputy Blyler in the early hours of his End of Watch date. I reflect to day on what occurred and the young Deputy I thought so highly of. We met in the Communications Center parking lot and I discussed some insignificant issue or matter from a call he had handled. As we had numerous times in the past we spoke about both of our love for this profession. Josh was one of those rare young men who you could not help but like. He always had a smile on his face and he never seemed down. All of his shift mates loved him. Even at his young age he had a maturity beyond his years which served him well in his chosen profession. At the conclusion of our conversation as I often do I told him to be safe. He looked at me with the big smile he always had on his face and said "It's all good Sarge". He drove off and i went back to doing the paperwork a supervisor does at zero dark thirty in the morning. While I sat there I monitored a transmission come across the radio which sounded like someone saying a Deputy had been involved in a wreck. No one spoke up on the radio. I asked the dispatcher if she had heard anything and was told no. I asked her to do a radio check of all our units in the field. Then for the first time in my career as the individual numbers were called and everyone but Josh answered with a 10-4 I immediately felt the lump in my throat and instructed personnel to start looking for him. I started heading toward the area he was working in and heard one of our other units advise he found him and he had been involved in a wreck. By the time I reached his location numerous members of St. John's County Fire Rescue were frantically trying to free him from his vehicle. I immediately relized it was bad. I began performing the duties of the supervisor on scene. All the while wanting to be with him. As the stearing wheel was removed from his chest I could tell he was really bad. I spoke to him and told him he was going to be alright and to hang in there. He looked at me and his final words were "it's all good Sarge". Those were the last words I am aware of Deputy Josh Blyler said before he passed. One of the problems with having been in the business for a while was all too often I had dealt with death. 8 years as an investigator increased that number 10 fold. I knew he was not going to make it but had to try and give him hope. Josh I still think about you often and you will always be remembered. You represented the best of our young men and women who get into this business for the right reasons. I was also one of the ones who met with Josh's mom and dad that morning and took them to the hospital. As a father and now a grandfather I pray never to see someone in uniform show up to my door in the middle of the night. With a daughter a Detective now in a neighboring county I live with that worry but I know she too loves this business and does it for the right reasons. I often hear some in our ranks say I would never let my kid be a cop. I could never say that. With the exception of the Marines I served with, the men and women of Law Enforcement are some of the noblest and honorable I have ever known. I would say how could I not want my daughter to be one herself. So Josh here's to you and those like you. You live on in many of our hearts and minds. May you find rest and peace and I will see you again and we will talk about old times. Honor Courage and Committment!!

Sergeant Michael R. Quintieri
St John's County Sheriff's Office ( Josh's supervisor)

May 3, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today on this eighth anniversary of your death. Each time I look at your picture I think you had one of the sweetest smiles in the world and know how much your parents have missed seeing it.

"A son only holds his mom's hand for a little while, but he holds her heart forever." author unknown

Rest In Peace, Josh.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 3, 2012

Joshua it seems unreal that today has been 8 yrs since your E.O.W.
I think of you often but more when the family is together and I know that inside your parents want you there with us. I have seen them grow and change ,but oh how they still miss you. I pray today you would come visit them and let them know . Thank you for watching over all your brothers and sisters on the force today.
I love and miss you , Aunt Candy

Candy Smith

May 2, 2012

HEROES live forever and Deputy Blyler are a hero, may you continue to rest in peace. We will never forget....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012 will be 8 years that you have been gone. So much has happened and changed in our lives. I think of you often and more so when I am with your MOM. We will once again be remembering you and your life on this day EOW. We love you still and miss you !!

Tammy Ruis
Aunt Tammy

May 1, 2012


I went through my closet the other day and found the bag that your mom gave me the day we packed your apartment...somehow I thought as time went by thinking of losing you would get easier. My heart still weeps at the site of your picture but also rejoices knowing you are safe where no one and nothing can hurt you. Watch over all of us still out on the street. God speed my dear friend!

Detective Nicole Quintieri

April 22, 2012

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