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Employer IDs man killed in 2nd Brightline accident in 5 days

NEW: PBSO mark deaths of two deputies who died three days apart


The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office noted this week the deaths of two deputies who died three days apart in separate incidents, not at the hands of criminals but because of lingering health issues they suffered in service to the county.

Wednesday marked the 17th anniversary of the Dec. 6, 2000, death of Deputy Richard W. Oetinger. Oetinger died of complications from a 1979 injury.

And Saturday marks the Dec. 9, 2000, death of Garry E. Hobbs, nine years after a helicopter sprayed him with a herbicide on June 7, 1991, as he and another deputy retrieved a stolen truck from an orange grove west of Delray Beach.



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