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DEATH OF SGT. J.J. GOULET

Sergeant John Joseph Goulet, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, died today following a brief illness. He was 49 years old.

Sgt. Goulet, known to everyone as “J.J.”, was a long-time hostage negotiator with the SWAT team and was most recently assigned to BSO’s District 7 (Tamarac). During his 16 years with the sheriff’s office Sgt. Goulet worked several assignments as a deputy and supervisor in Districts 1 (West Hollywood), 2 (Dania Beach), and 7, in addition to the Criminal Investigations Division where he served as a detective. He joined BSO when the Dania Police Department merged with BSO, having served as a Dania patrolman from 1978 until the 1985 merger. As a member of the Dania Police Force, Sgt. Goulet was named officer of the month three times and received five commendations. Before coming to Dania, he served as a patrolman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1975 to 1977 and was a member of the New York National Guard prior to that.

Sgt. Goulet’s gregarious demeanor, sense of humor and outgoing nature made him popular with fellow employees and contributed to his effectiveness as a hostage negotiator. On many occasions, he diffused potentially deadly standoffs by establishing rapport and exerting control when disturbed individuals threatened themselves and others.

Sgt. Goulet is survived by his wife, Marguerite, daughter, Nicole, 19, and son, John, 17. The final arrangements are as follows: Viewing: Friday, Oct. 26th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Aaron Cremation, 6107 Miramar Parkway in Miramar. A mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27th at Annunciation Catholic Church, 3781 SW 39th Street near West Hollywood.

Media note: a photo of Sgt. Goulet is available at www.sheriff.org

This report by:

Jim Leljedal / Media Relations

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