Reserve Deputy Deborah Jean Hobbs

Reserve Deputy Deborah Jean Hobbs

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, January 16, 2003

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Deborah Jean Hobbs

Reserve Deputy Hobbs succumbed to injuries received two weeks earlier when she and her partner were involved in an on duty automobile accident on U.S. Highway 93.

The officer's Jeep Cherokee patrol car went out of control after hitting a patch of black-ice. The car spun into the oncoming lanes and was broadsided by a pickup truck. Reserve Deputy Hobbs was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries 12 days later without regaining consciousness.

Reserve Deputy Hobbs had been with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for just over two years, and is survived by her parents. Her husband is also a reserve deputy and detention officer for the same agency.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 15-47

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 4, 2003

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Sorry I couldn't have told you this when you were still here, but you were a stand-up act. I should've helped lifted you higher, but you had a beautiful, bright soul that surpassed many of your fellow deputies. I was the first LE on scene at your accident but thank goodness a PA got there first, he made sure, I know, that you at least got to the hospital for a fighting chance. I met some of your family right after, I think they wanted reassurance that you didn't suffer. They loved you tremendously. I hope you're aware of all the lovely messages on here for be honest, your picture doesn't really do you were far more lovelier and brighter. Hope you're in a good place, Deborah, at peace and with the angels. Wished I could've been a better friend and cheerleader to you...take care kiddo.

Polson Police Department

January 7, 2020

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