Eric Yerman was raised in Keystone Heights, Florida, and moved to Gainesville at age 20. It was here that he developed a deep love and appreciation for his community. His desire and commitment to serve the public was distinguished by almost 17 years of faithful service with The Alachua County Sheriff's Office. In August 2005, Eric transferred his employment to the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement, where he joined Governor Jeb Bush's security team. Eric balanced his dedication to his career with an unwavering commitment to his church and to his family. Eric and his family were active members of Westside Baptist Church, where he could be found helping in the sound room or coaching little league football. Eric was a devoted husband to Gay Trippensee Yerman and a proud father to his daughter, Jessica. Jessica was the apple of her daddy's eye and he called her “peanut." He cherished every moment with her. Whether playing in the yard, going to the beach or drawing cartoon characters for her to color. (The cartoon gator in our 5K logo was created from one of Eric's drawings.) Eric's youthful and carefree spirit was undeniable in Jessica's presence.
Eric was an advocate of a healthy lifestyle. He integrated this philosophy into his work and personal life. He enjoyed weightlifting, running, and especially enjoyed participating in the Annual Law Enforcement and Fire Games. It was an unexpected tragedy when Eric passed away after 13 miles of a 14-mile training run on October 4th, 2005. With a smile as big as his heart, Eric Yerman was loved by all who knew him. His memory lives on through your participation in this event and, with the help of the Friends of Children of North Central Florida, Eric continues to serve his community well.