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Highway 19 to be dedicated to slain deputy

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A portion of U.S Highway 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff’s officer killed in the line of duty. The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

On January 28, 1945 while on patrol in the city limits of Otter Creek, Deputy Sheriff A. Haygood Ellzey was shot and killed in the line of duty by two men who lured him into a wooded area.

Moments earlier Deputy Ellzey had asked the two white men to leave an African American juke to avoid having any problems between the white and black citizens.

Before dying Deputy Ellzey was able to identify his shooter which led both men to be convicted of his murder and both were sentenced to prison.