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Deputy Sheriff Richard O. Slates | Kern County Sheriff's Department, California Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Richard O. Slates

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Fall

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Deputy Richard Slates died in a fall during a search and rescue mission at the Death Valley National Monument.

Deputy Slates was assisting in the recovery of the body of a 19-year-old male on the side of Telescope Peak. The hiker plunged 1,000 feet to his death while descending the peak. The deputy came up missing and his body was found in in nearly the same position on the side of the peak.

Deputy Slates was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 21, 2011

 

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