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Chief of Police James R. Wulf | Sabinal Police Department, Texas Sabinal Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police

James R. Wulf

Sabinal Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, December 31, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # 607

Military veteran

Cause: Drowned

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Chief James Wulf drowned while attempting to rescue a man whose car became trapped while attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Highway 127 over the Sabinal River. Rescuers were waiting for a helicopter to arrive but Chief Wulf thought the water was rising too fast and volunteered to go to the car on a rope. He was able to rescue the elderly man but lost his grip while returning to shore and drowned.

Chief Wulf was survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters. He had previously served with the Uvalde County Sheriff's Department and as a US Marine.

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John 15:13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jim was a good officer and a good man. May God have mercy on his soul.

Sheriff, Aubrey Smith. Retired
Uvalde County Texas
June 5, 2015


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