Deputy Sheriff David Paul Grant

Deputy Sheriff David Paul Grant

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, May 31, 2004

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David Paul Grant

Deputy Sheriff Dave Grant was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a small plane crash near Columbia, California, at approximately 11:00 am.

He was responding to the scene on Highway 49 and was approaching the intersection at Parrotts Ferry Road. Another car entered the intersection and stopped in the middle of it. Deputy Grant attempted to avoid a collision, but his patrol car clipped the other vehicle and crashed. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.

Deputy Grant had served with the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department for 15 years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 28 years. He was survived by his wife, son, three daughters, four sisters, one brother, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 1273/012

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

emergency response, vehicle crash

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I first met Dave in the early 1980's when he joined Oceanside PD. I couldn't tell if he had been a Chargers' fullback, rodeo calf wrestler, or Hell's Angel. He had the intimidating look of all three combined! It didn't take long, however, to realize what a gentle, funny and dedicated guy he was. We worked in a rough and tumble military town and with Dave there was no greater backup you could hope for on hot calls. He was the ultimate professional and I am proud to call him a great co-worker and friend. To Richie and their growing family I wish you all the best. As the anniversary of his passing approaches, we all continue to miss that cackling giggle but know he's in a place where's he's looking down and protecting his loved ones. God Bless Brother.

Dan Ahrens, Detective (Ret)
Oceanside PD / San Diego County District Attorney's Office

May 12, 2023

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