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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

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Reserve Deputy James Epp drowned while attempting to save two women trapped in a car when a river flooded onto a road.

Deputy Epp and a civilian who were trying to help were swept away by the river as they attempted to attach a chain to the car. His body was found one mile downstream. The civilian survived.

Deputy Epp had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for nearly 20 years and was awarded the Arizona Medal of Valor posthumously 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
May 26, 2013


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