Undersheriff James Thompson

Undersheriff James Thompson

Missoula County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Monday, July 1, 1878

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James Thompson

Undersheriff Thompson died of heat stroke after riding on horseback for 60 miles in 100-degree temperatures.

He had ridden from Missoula to the Flathead Indian Reservation to arrest a man who had escaped from the county jail. When he arrived at the reservation he collapsed. He was put under the care of a doctor but died one week later.

Undersheriff Thompson was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 23, 1878

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

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