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Deputy Sheriff Gary Frederick Labenz | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

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Gary Frederick Labenz

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Monday, October 10, 2005

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Age: 50

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Texas

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Deputy Gary Labenz suffered a fatal heart attack in San Antonio, Texas, while returning to Arizona from participating in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The relief team Deputy Labenz was assigned to rescued more than 100 citizens and recovered more than 50 bodies while conducting recovery efforts.

After their assignment was over, the team stopped in San Antonio for the night on their return trip home. Deputy Labenz suffered a heart attack in his hotel room that evening. His body was found by other deputies the following morning.

Deputy Labenz had served with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Rarely a day goes by that I don't think of you, or someone doesn't say a kind word about you. I miss you brother.

Deputy Sheriff Sean Crosby
Maricopa County S.O.
October 9, 2015


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