"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."

- John 15:13

Lake County Sheriff's Office remembers officers that have died in the line of duty serving the citizens of Lake County.  Please take a moment in honor of our lost friends and co-workers.

Deputy Richard Barry - July 16, 2020

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Deputy Rick Barry died after contracting COVID-19 during the same outbreak among staff and inmates at the Lake County Jail that claimed the life of Deputy Jones.

Deputy Lynn Jones - June 24, 2020

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Deputy Lynn Jones died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Lake County Jail. At the time of Deputy Jones' exposure, multiple staff members and over 100 inmates had tested positive for the virus.

Sheriff Chris Daniels - October 14, 2006

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Sheriff Chris Daniels began his law enforcement career in 1977 as a dispatcher with the Lake County Sheriff's Office and progressed through the ranks until 2004, at which time he was elected as the Lake County Sheriff. Sheriff Daniels was involved in a fatal accident on October 14, 2006 during a charity fund raising event.

Deputy Wayne Koester - February 9, 2005

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On February 9, 2005 Deputy Koester responded to a domestic violence disturbance. During the investigation, Deputy Koester was wounded by the suspect. Though fatally wounded, Deputy Koester continued to fight, protecting the victim of the domestic violence, until succumbing to his injuries.

Deputy William Marie - March 19, 1994

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On March 19, 1994 Deputy Marie was piloting a Hughes 369a Helicopter enroute to Lake County when the aircraft lost altitude and crashed. Deputy Marie sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The Sheriff's office aviation unit's aircraft callsign 'Eagle-1' signifies Deputy Marie's dedication to the aviation unit which he was instrumental in forming, and is named in his honor.

Deputy Jean Daugharty - January 24, 1993

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On January 24, 1993 Deputy Daugharty was responding to a domestic disturbance when her patrol unit was involved in a traffic crash. Deputy Daugharty sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. A scholarship named in her memory is awarded annually to an outstanding youth member of the Sheriff's Office Explorer Program.

Town Marshal Robert Smithwick - April 02, 1929

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Town Marshal Robert Smithwick succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered two days earlier when he interrupted a burglary at a neighbor's house. While at home with his family, he was alerted by his wife that she noticed a prowler outside. He was shot when he confronted the prowler.

Chief Deputy Bob Wilcox - July 04, 1919

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Chief Deputy Bob Wilcox was shot and killed as he attempted to take a man back into custody that had escaped from jail after having been arrested for assaulting a school girl near Lacoochee, Florida.