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Deputy Shannon Bennett served 12 years with Broward County. He is one of the youngest to die of the coronavirus in the State of Florida. Since January of 2019 Bennett has served as resource officer for Deerfield Beach Elementary School.
On March 23 Bennett called in sick to work reportedly not feeling well. The next day he was hospitalized and he tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27. He died shortly before midnight on Friday.
At this time the Broward County Sheriff’s department is unsure how Bennett contracted the virus. Schools had been closed for more than ten days when he became ill.
However because Bennett reported being ill while he was on duty the Sheriff’s Department is considering his death a line of duty death.
The deputy will be missed by many at the school
“The Deerfield Beach Elementary School family lost an amazing human being and an awesome colleague to COVID-19. Our school community is truly saddened by his passing and extends our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. … His personality was infectious and he built positive relationships that impacted both children and adults. His legacy will be forever remembered.”
– Principal Andrew Gerlach
Bennett was an openly gay officer who wanted to be able to find ways for the Sheriff’s Department to better bond with their community.
“Through my work ethic and loyalty I was welcomed with open arms and have made a second family with the men and women here at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. When you see me in uniform I am there to protect and serve and will continue to keep all walks of life safe from harm.”
– Shannon Bennett
Shannon Bennett will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends
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