Hired: Apr. 11, 1983
Died: May 24, 1999
Survivors: Wife Ofelia, and four adult children
The morning of May 24, 1999, Deputy Raul "Rudy" Dimas, Sr., was driving west along Immokalee Road when he drifted into the eastbound lane. There he struck the left rear axle of a flatbed trailer with his car. Deputy Dimas, 50, and a 16-year veteran of the Collier County Sheriff's Office, was killed in the resulting collision. At the time of his death, Rudy was assigned to Road Patrol Duties in Immokalee. He was well liked by citizens and his fellow Deputies alike, and was noted for being able to bring calm to potentially explosive situations. He received several awards for his distinguished service in helping to solve burglary cases. His bilingual skills helped in many emergency situations in heavily Spanish-speaking Immokalee.