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Sheriff Salvatore Frank Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Indiana


Salvatore Frank "Tudie" Navarra

Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, May 29, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 2 years, 5 months

Badge # 16-1

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged

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Sheriff Salvatore Navarra was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit over two miles east of Clarksburg.

As the pursuit reached speeds of over 110 mph, Sheriff Navarra's vehicle flipped over as he took a curve. He was ejected through the windshield before being crushed by his squad car.

The 18-year-old suspect was being pursued at the request of his parole officer for gasoline theft. When he was apprehended a week later hiding in an attic, he threatened authorities with a hunting knife. He was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to obey a police officer.

Sheriff Navarra had served with the Decatur County Sheriff's Department for nearly 2½ years.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 29, 2015


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