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Deputy Sheriff Dean Ray Foster | Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff

Dean Ray Foster

Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 11 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Dean Foster was shot and killed after responding to a call of suspicious activity at a gas station near the intersection of Saginaw Highway and Thomas L Parkway. in Delta Township. When he arrived he interrupted a robbery in progress. The suspects opened fire, fatally wounding him and the 27-year-old station attendant.

Minutes later Police Officer Gerald E. Rosa of the Battle Creek City Police Department was struck and killed by an automobile while manning a roadblock in search of the suspects.

The suspects were apprehended in New York and returned to Michigan. One was convicted of Deputy Foster's murder and sentenced to life. The other suspect was convicted of the attendant's murder and sentenced to life.

Deputy Foster had served with the Eaton County Sheriff's Office for 11 months and had previously served with the Grand Ledge Police Department. He was survived by his wife.

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Police Officer Gerald E. Rosa
Battle Creek City Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 1967
Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 1, 2012

 

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