Police Officer Merrill Bruguier

Police Officer Merrill Bruguier

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, 2010

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Merrill Bruguier

Police Officer Merrill Bruguier was killed in a single vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D. Highway 63 and U.S. Highway 212 at approximately 4:00 am.

He was traveling from Cherry Creek to Eagle Butte at the time of the crash.

Officer Bruguier was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and 9-year-old son.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 24-7UNION
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location South Dakota

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Its been 8 years Merrill and it still feels like yesterday. The memories and the feelings of emptiness come flooding back. You are missed everyday and on the cold rainy foggy days it is more so. Today marks the 8th Anniversary of the worst day in our lives. God decided your work here was done and took you to a better place. Please watch over your son. It was easier when he was 9 and I was able to console his broken heart. At 17 its hard to understand all his emotions and I don't know how to fix his broken heart. When you first left us everyone said it would get better with time. They lied. It never gets easier and our heartache never goes away.
Today I took donuts to the officers on duty and asked Jr. Mike to take your donut to you. He agreed to drive your donut to the site. He took the bag and said "I'll secure this in the unit and get it to him." I hope you enjoy your donut! we love you and miss you so much. No matter where we are in life we will always remember you full of life, super loving and always ready to laugh. <3

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October 9, 2018

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