Union County Sheriff Laid to Rest
Family and friends came together this afternoon to say goodbye to a man known for his service in Union County.
It was an emotional day for those who knew Union County sheriff Jerry Whitehead.
He was laid to rest today after suffering a sudden heart attack Wednesday afternoon.
Whitehead was the longest serving sheriff in the state, standing strong for the small county after tragedies like the mass shooting in Lake Butler this summer.
Law enforcement from around North Central Florida were there to pay their respects.
"He was just a genuine man with a kind heart but a strong man too. He did more for Union County than pretty much anyone ever has," said Captain Brad Smith with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office.
Whitehead was elected sheriff in 1984, replacing his father John Whitehead who served for 32 years as sheriff.
He leaves behind a wife, six children, and a community that will remember him best as, "the People's Sheriff."
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