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Investigator Bret Duane Tepe | Ford County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Ford County Sheriff's Office, Kansas


Bret Duane Tepe

Ford County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 13 years

Badge # S06

Cause: Automobile crash

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Investigator Bret Tepe was killed in an automobile accident while driving on U.S. 50 near Spearville at 0920 hours.

Investigator Tepe was on duty and driving his personal vehicle, when a car traveling the opposite direction experienced a tire blow-out. The vehicle crossed into Investigator Tepe's lane and struck his vehicle head-on. Investigator Tepe and the driver of the other car were both killed.

Investigators for the Ford County Sheriff's Office drive their personal vehicles while on duty to reduce the costs of purchasing vehicles by the department.

Investigator Tepe was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Ford County Sheriff's Office for 12 years, and previously served 1 year with the Goodland Police Department.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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This past weekend your baby graduated from high school. Felicity was 4th in her class as there was a three way tie for valedictorian and she was one point under them. She is a super smart, beautiful inside and out, and has to have the last word all the time. Like you, she wants to travel the world. You would be so proud of her. I felt like you were watching. I kept smelling your cologne in the air. I know it's impossible, but maybe to make it less gut wrenching for me I imagined it. These are the times when I need you so desperately. It's almost been fourteen years now. I wish you didn't have to miss this. Avonlea is doing great, studying to become a pediatric nurse, and working full time. She has a plan, and I love her determination of getting everything to work out. Jenessa just got promoted to be a trainer at work, which is very impressive considering she isn't the highest chef yet. I'm proud of all the girls. I miss you so incredibly much, my heart hurts.

Angela Tepe Gleason
May 16, 2017


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