Lieutenant Harvey A. Varat

Lieutenant Harvey A. Varat

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Saturday, October 20, 1973

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Harvey A. Varat

Lieutenant Harvey Varat succumbed to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after contracting the disease when he was bitten by a tick.

He was participating in a search and rescue training exercise in the Santa Susanna Mountains when he was bitten.

Lieutenant Varata had served with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for 14 years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

search and rescue, training

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Hi Grandpa Harvey,

I am writing this on the 46th anniversary of your E.O.W. I am the son of your son Michael who recently passed away while we were hiking in Yosemite. I believe he is with you in heaven now.

Today I moved into your old den room that I used to sleep in as a child. I will be living in the Somis property that you and my Nana bought in 1969 and going to Moorpark College. Although I never met you, I have heard a lot about you and I also have the same middle name. Every time I visit my Dad’s grave, I always see your headstone next to it as well.

Rest In Peace.

Jacob A. Varat

Jacob A. Varat

October 20, 2019

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