Sheriff Walter Albert Salzsiedler

Sheriff Walter Albert Salzsiedler

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch Monday, April 25, 1949

Walter Albert Salzsiedler

Sheriff Walter Salzsiedler suffered a fatal hear attack while attempting to rescue a man from a crashed vehicle.

He had responded to reports of two cars racing on Highway 83. When he arrived at the location, he discovered that both cars had gone into a ravine and crashed into a creek at the bottom. When he attempted to pull one of the men out of the vehicle, he collapsed.

Sheriff Salzsiedler had served with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office for only 10 months. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Sheriff Salzsiedler,

You passed years before my time, but you served Campbell County, South Dakota where I still reside.

Your story became my story too 55 years later on Wednesday, August 4, 2004. This was the night that Sheriff John Bechtold tried to revive my son after a fatal car crash.

It was a surreal event for our two families in 2004 and for your family in 1949. Know that a loss like these filters down to the rural communities and the county that you and Sheriff Bechtold served in addition to the surrounding area.

My thanks goes out to you for your service and your willingness to give it your all in the line of duty. My deepest sympathy to your family for their loss.

Julie Brandner
Resident of Campbell County

August 5, 2015

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