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Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead passes away

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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:18 pm
UNION COUNTY, Fla. -- The longest-serving sheriff in the state of Florida has died.

Sheriff Jerry Whitehead died of cardiac failure Wednesday afternoon, one day after being hospitalized for a brief illness.

Whitehead was elected in 1984 and began serving Union County as sheriff the following year.

"He was just a friend to everybody," said Maj. Gary Seay at a news conference outside the Sheriff's Office. "Our hearts are heavy."

Whitehead's father served as Union County sheriff from 1953 to 1984.
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