Deputy Sheriff Jerry Dale Ridgell

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Dale Ridgell

Chicot County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, February 1, 2004

Jerry Dale Ridgell

Deputy 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 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

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Who would have believed that I can still hear your voice. Daddy, your baby girl is following in your footsteps to stay closer to you. I stumbled upon this page while holding thoughts of you in the early morning, you were truly loved and admired. Thanks to all for the prayers and condolences even after the years.

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Keyaak Ridgell, Communications Officer

September 29, 2012

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