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Deputy who exposed coverup killed in Iraq crash

By Associated Press
Published May 14, 2004

NAPLES - A Collier County sheriff's deputy who blew the whistle on a corrupt fellow officer was killed Thursday in a vehicle crash in Iraq where he was working as a private contractor, officials said.

Cpl. Henry "Hank" Doll died in a crash on a roadway between Tikrit and Baghdad, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Foul play was not suspected.

Cpl. Doll was working for DynCorp International as a contract provider of law enforcement assigned to Iraq. He was deployed in February.

"Hank leaves behind a legacy for his family to be proud of," Sheriff Don Hunter said. "He strove to make a difference and always faced adversity with the fortitude only owned by a warrior."

Cpl. Doll reported the case of three children who were being starved after another deputy tried to cover up their plight.

Former Deputy Glendell Edison pleaded no contest to state charges of lying to a jury in 1996 while a witness in a child abuse trial. Edison also lied to his supervisors, saying he never saw three starving and abused boys in an Immokalee store run by his associates.

Cpl. Doll was credited with saving their lives and was cited for excellence.

Cpl. Doll joined the Sheriff's Office in 1994 and worked for the bailiff bureau and patrol division. He was also a member of the SWAT and field force teams. He served in the Army Reserve and National Guard of Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1971, then worked for the York County Sheriff's Office in Pennsylvania for two years before moving to Florida.

He is survived by two sons.

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