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Sheriff Jake Mulder | O'Brien County Sheriff's Department, Iowa O'Brien County Sheriff's Department, Iowa


Jake Mulder

O'Brien County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 25, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 35 years

Badge # S71-1

Cause: Heart attack

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Jake Mulder suffered a fatal heart attack while he and his deputy struggled with an emotionally disturbed person.

He and the deputy had gone to serve mental commitment papers on the man.

Sheriff Mulder had served with the O'Brien County Sheriff's Department for five years and had previously served with the Sheldon Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, and daughter.

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Sheriff Mulder was my grandfather. My older brother and I would go to the jail and meet him and grandma to play and eat. O'Brien County was a lot like Mayberry, with grandma cooking for the inmates. As we grew up we would thumb through a huge scrapbook grandma kept. I got my start in law enforcement through these activities.

A couple things the blurb doesn't say is grandpa also served about 30 years as an officer and eventually Chief of Police in Sheldon, Iowa. It doesn't mention he had a hook hand after losing a hand in an industrial accident in the 20's.

I just wanted to give you a little more info on this man.

Thomas J Mulder, Chief
Viola (Illinois) Police Department
May 11, 2015


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