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Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank DeWar | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Chief Deputy Sheriff

Frank DeWar

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, January 29, 1932

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Age: 48

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Military veteran

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank DeWar was killed in an airplane accident while returning from Bakersfield after investigating a lead in a kidnapping case.

The pilot of the Century-Pacific Airlines plane attempted to fly low under the clouds of a storm but was forced to turn back. The plane struck a ridge in Johnson Canyon on the Tejon Ranch, near Lebec, Kern County. The pilot and all seven passengers were killed. Despite a massive air search involving over 100 planes, the wreckage was not located until one week later when a rancher driving along the Ridge Route Highway spotted it.

Chief Deputy DeWar was a WWI veteran and was in charge of the Special Anti-Gangster Duty.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 29, 2011


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