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Deputy Sheriff Billy Keith Roberts | Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Texas Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Billy Keith Roberts

Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, March 18, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # 17

Cause: Automobile accident

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Deputy Billy Roberts was killed in an accident while responding to a family disturbance call.

Deputy Roberts had previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps Civil Air Patrol and was a Purple Heart recipient. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild.

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The impact that Deputy Billy Roberts made on my life has proven to be a gift that keeps on giving. I was fortunate to have worked with Deputy Roberts from April of 1992 until the end of his watch in March 1994. I was a young rookie commissioned by a neighboring agency and I learned from watching Billy and the way he interacted with the citizens of the community he served. Deputy Roberts treated everyone he met exactly the way people should be treated and that taught me so much. He was intelligent, courageous, honest and strong. It's been over 20 years since that fateful night in Hardin County, Texas and I remember it as if it happened just yesterday. The tenets that Deputy Roberts passed on to me enabled me to endure a career spanning 25 years so far, being appointed police chief three times and elected constable once. Deputy Roberts will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear brother - your light shines as brightly in the heavens as it ever shone in life. You are missed.

Chief Mike Parrish
Daisetta Police Department
May 30, 2015

 

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