HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — The family of a fallen Highlands County deputy accepted a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor on Thursday.
Deputy William Gentry died in May of 2018 after he was shot in the head while responding to a dispute between neighbors.
- Highlands County deputy dies after he was shot in the head in Lake Placid
- Fallen Highlands County Deputy William Gentry, Jr. laid to rest
- In death, fallen Highlands County Deputy saves 6 lives as an organ donor
Deputy Gentry served the department for 8 years and 4 months. His roles included being a member of the K-9 unit, serving as part of the Special Investigations (Narcotics) Unit and training deputies.
Nearly 4,000 deputies, police officers and community members gathered to honor Deputy Gentry when he was laid to rest. Even in death, Deputy Gentry aided others as an organ donor — saving at least 6 lives.
Deputy Gentry's mother and brother accepted the award at the Highlands News-Sun Highlander Awards on Thursday night.