Chief Deputy Sheriff Lewis Wayne Wahl

Chief Deputy Sheriff Lewis Wayne Wahl

Crockett County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 28, 1985

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Lewis Wayne Wahl

Chief Deputy Wayne Wahl drowned while attempting to rescue a man whose car had been washed into a creek on Highway 163 near Highway 137.

Tornadoes and a 24-hour storm hit northern Texas, causing flooding throughout the area. During the search and rescue mission, Chief Deputy Wahl tied a rope around his waist and attempted to reach a stranded vehicle but was sucked underwater into a 36-inch culvert. His body was found three miles north of Ozona.

Chief Deputy Wahl was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had been with the Crockett County Sheriff's Office for 8.5 years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue, weather

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Rest in Peace Chief Deputy Wayne Wahl. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice. Your final hour was spent helping others. Your life was exemplary.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 28, 2016

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