Sheriff Vernon Reaves

Sheriff Vernon Reaves

Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1949

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Vernon Reaves

Sheriff Vernon Reaves was killed in a single-vehicle crash as he was returning from a court case in Gonzales.

As his vehicle crossed the icy Peach Tree Bridge, it spun out of control and off an embankment, flipping over several times. Sheriff Reaves was thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly. His passenger was slightly injured.

Sheriff Reaves was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two brothers. .


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

attending court, single vehicle crash, weather

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Sheriff Reaves,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 17, 2024

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