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Bradford County sheriff's deputy dies

Deputy Paul Rogers, 52, died of natural causes

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STARKE, Fla. – The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of 52-year-old Deputy Sheriff Paul Rogers, 52.

Rodgers died early Sunday morning of natural causes.

 "It is with profound sadness that we remember the passing of Deputy Rodgers. Our agency would like to convey its grateful appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of the loss of Deputy Rodgers, who selflessly dedicated his purposeful life and career in faithful service to his family and to the Bradford County Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Gordon Smith.

Rodgers served as a volunteer firefighter for most of his adult life, prior to finally fulfilling his dream of becoming a deputy sheriff. After his retirement from the trucking industry, Deputy Rodgers completed the law enforcement academy, and became a deputy sheriff with Bradford County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Rodgers mentored many youth over his career helping to mold them into responsible professionals. He could always be found in and around the schools, actively involved in the many sport functions with our young men and women, making a difference in many lives.

"Deputy Rodgers was a dedicated public servant who performed his duties in a manner that bought honor to the entire agency and law enforcement profession. He leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; Deputy Rodgers will be deeply missed and truly merits the grateful tribute of this agency," said Smith.

Rodgers leaves behind a wife, and two children. Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.