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Sheriff John W. Bechtold, Jr. | Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota


John W. Bechtold, Jr.

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 16-1A

Cause: Heart attack

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Sheriff John Bechtold suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after arriving at the scene of a fatal accident near Herreid at approximately 2300 hours.

The sheriff and his deputy were the first responders to arrive and he was performing CPR on one of the accident victims when he began to feel ill and collapsed. He died en route to a local hospital.

Sheriff Bechtold had served as sheriff for two years and had previously served as a deputy with the 2-person Campbell County Sheriff's Office for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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John....so miss your bubbly personality at work....you put the sunshine in many days that could be rather mundane. Thank you for working so hard in your job as the Campbell County Sheriff. You were well respected among your peers, in the community and with the youth which says a lot about the man you were.

Miss you in a lot of different ways, but mostly the way you'd walk into the courthouse snapping your fingers and smacking your hand whistling each morning.

Julie Brandner
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August 4, 2015


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