Deputy Sheriff Rodney Badger

Deputy Sheriff Rodney Badger

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Utah

End of Watch Friday, April 29, 1853

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Rodney Badger

Deputy Sheriff Rodney Badger drowned while attempting to rescue a family who had fallen into the Weber River.

He had been sent to the river to help pioneers cross the water during the winter. As one of the families crossed, their wagon overturned and a mother and six children fell into the water. Deputy Badger immediately dove in and was able to rescue the mother and four children. As he swam back out to rescue the two remaining children he was overtaken with the cold and exhaustion and went under.

His body wasn't recovered until November 1854.

Deputy Badger was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Deputy Sheriff Badger,
On today, the 170th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Salt Lake County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 29, 2023

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