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Reserve Deputy James L. Epp | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Reserve Deputy

James L. Epp

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 19 years, 9 months

Badge # Jeep 616

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 3/1/1978

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy James Epp drowned while attempting to save a woman trapped in a car when a river flooded onto a road. Deputy Epp and a civilian trying to help were swept away by the river as they attempted to attach a chain to her car. His body was found a mile down stream; the civilian survived. Other officers saved the woman.

Deputy Epp had served with the agency for nearly 20 years and was awarded the Arizona Medal of Valor postumously in May 1978. He volunteered with MCSO for nearly 20 years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife and child.

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I still remember the day my Uncle Jim died. His story was broadcast across the country. He was an absolutely amazing person who always had a smile on his face and a story to share. I will always remember his raspy voice and laugh. Someday I will live up to his example.

Tim Estes
Nephew
May 26, 2013

 

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