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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What an amazing and exceptional story about heroism and sacrifice. It is clear that only complete and utter exhaustion kept Deputy Badger from saving all. A great testament to courage, honor and love of others. Great to see many of his relatives honoring his life and sacrifice.

Asst. Sheriff Jim Lopey (ret)
Washoe Sheriff's Office (Reno) and NVDPS

April 29, 2019

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