In Memorial of Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin

June 7, 2019

Update: Funeral arrangements for Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin have been released:

A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Church of St. Luke & The Epiphany (330 S. 13th Street) where a Celebration of Life Service will follow at Noon.

Burial will take place at Forest Hills Cemetery in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

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We are saddened by the sudden loss of Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin.

“This is a tragedy for the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Austin’s family and the local LGBTQ community,” said Sheriff Jewell Williams.

“Dante was a person who believed in and cared about everybody,” Sheriff Williams said. “He had the highest score on the Deputy Sheriff’s exam when he was hired in November 2013. He was our first openly gay deputy sheriff and we promoted him to become our first LGBTQ community liaison in May 2017. Dante was scheduled to be promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 2019.”

Deputy Austin, who was 27, previous served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

We have coordinated with the Managing Director’s Office to provide grief counselors for our employees and out of respect for Deputy Austin, the Sheriff’s Office will close at noon today.