Deputy Sheriff John J. O'Leary

Deputy Sheriff John J. O'Leary

Fresno County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 31, 1931

John J. O'Leary

Deputy O'Leary died as a result of rheumatism of the heart after becoming ill during the search for the murderer of Detective Frank Campbell and Sergeant John Brame, of the Fresno Police Department. At the time of the murders Deputy O'Leary was on sick leave with a case of the flu but refused to stay home and helped officers with the search for the killer. As a result he became even more ill which led to his death two months later.
Deputy O'Leary had been in law enforcement on-and-off for almost 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 22, 1931

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 31, 2010

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