Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 19 years, 9 months
Badge # Jeep 616
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.