Bill Sheffield, left, receives his captain’s bars from former Lee County Sheriff Frank Wanika in 1974. Sheffield at one time was the only deputy patrolling in Bonita Springs. He worked out of his house until he and other volunteers provided the labor to build a sheriff’s substation on Reynolds Street in 1969. He went on to run for sheriff unsuccessfully against Wanika in 1976 and 1980. Sheffield died Wednesday at the age of 77.

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Bill Sheffield, left, receives his captain’s bars from former Lee County Sheriff Frank Wanika in 1974. Sheffield at one time was the only deputy patrolling in Bonita Springs. He worked out of his house until he and other volunteers provided the labor to build a sheriff’s substation on Reynolds Street in 1969. He went on to run for sheriff unsuccessfully against Wanika in 1976 and 1980. Sheffield died Wednesday at the age of 77.

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