Deputy Sheriff Jerry Dale Ridgell

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Dale Ridgell

Chicot County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, February 1, 2004

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Jerry Dale Ridgell

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Ridgell suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after responding to an officer needs assistance call.

Deputy Ridgell was off duty when he was contacted by dispatch that the on-call deputy was holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint. The suspect was reported to be failing to comply with orders.

Deputy Ridgell quickly put on his uniform and rushed out of his house. When he arrived at the scene, the suspect had just been taken into custody by the deputy and two firefighters who had come to his assistance. Deputy Ridgell accompanied the deputy and the suspect to the jail before returning home. Shortly after arriving home, within two hours of the initial call, Deputy Ridgell suffered a fatal heart attack.

Deputy Ridgell was a United States Army veteran who had served with the Chicot County Sheriff's Office for 5 years and had previously served with the Montrose Police Department for 1 year. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge C5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

officer assistance

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Deputy Sheriff Ridgell,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 1, 2024

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