Sherman Block was the 29th Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California from January 1982 until his death. He was preceded by Peter Pitchess and succeeded by Lee Baca.Biography Block was born to a Jewish family and grew up in Chicago. He was the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His grandfather had been a chazzan in Vilna. Block was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home. He served in the United States Army for 3 years during World War II in Europe and the Pacific. During the war, Block's father and uncle had purchased a deli, where he worked after the war before establishing his own business, Block's Kosher Kitchen, on Chicago's South Side. Although initially successful, he expanded it too fast and was ultimately forced to close it. Block then moved west. He studied at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in engineering, before he moved to Los Angeles. He was at first employed as a counterman at a kosher deli there. In 1956, Block joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff, becoming the first deputy in the department to work his way through every rank to the top.Source: Wikipedia
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