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Hero Down: Lee County Deputy Dean Bardes Suddenly Dies

Cape Coral police officers responded to Deputy Bardes' home after he was found unresponsive by his son.

Lee County, FL – Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes, 48, was found dead on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at his home.

Cape Coral police officers responded to Deputy Bardes’ home on Southwest 26th Street near Veterans Parkway and Chiquita Boulevard late Tuesday after his son called for help, and said his father appeared “lifeless” and wasn’t breathing, according to WZVN.

Deputy Bardes was later pronounced dead, and his body was taken to the medical examiner’s office.

A cause of death has not been released. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said there was no indication of foul play, and that the investigation is underway, according to WINK.

Deputy Bardes made the news when he was violently attacked in November, 2016, when he was slammed to the ground by Edward Strother after a pursuit on I-75.

Once on the ground, Strother pinned Deputy Bardes on his back and continued beating him, while the deputy attempted to break free and keep his weapon away from his attacker.

Ashad Russell, a good Samaritan with a concealed carry permit, stopped to help Deputy Bardes. Russell commanded Strother to get off the deputy, and fatally shot him when he refused. Russell was not charged in the shooting.

Deputy Bardes was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and later recovered from physical injuries. He returned to work after he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case, according to CBS News.

Deputy Bardes began working for the LCSO in 2004 as a corrections officer and was promoted to deputy sheriff two years later, according to News-Press. He received a number of letters of commendation for his service with the sheriff’s office. Deputy Bardes also served in the U.S. Air Force.

“We at the Lee County Sheriff’s Officer are saddened by the passing of Deputy Dean Bardes,” said Tony Schall, spokesman for LCSO. “Deputy Bardes served the citizens of Lee County for 14 years with honor and dignity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bardes family,” according to News-Press.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

GinnyReed - January Sat, 2018


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