Reserve Deputy James Edward Healy

Reserve Deputy James Edward Healy

Napa County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, May 25, 1980

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James Edward Healy

Reserve Deputy Healy drowned while attempting to recover the body of another drowning victim from Lake Berryessa.

Deputy Healy and another member of the agency's dive team had located the sunken boat, attached a line to it, and surfaced to obtain new air tanks. Deputy Healy and another deputy then began to follow the line to the boat. At 96-feet, Deputy Healy met the second deputy and indicated everything was okay, but shortly thereafter, indicated he needed to surface.

As both deputies began to surface, Deputy Healy indicated he was out of air. The other deputy attempted to give Deputy Healy his regulator, but as Deputy Healy attempted to swim to it he accidentally knocked off the mask of the other diver. The other diver could no longer see and was unable to get the regulator to Deputy Healy. The deputy surfaced and immediately reported that Deputy Healy was in trouble.

Another diver immediately suited up and entered the lake. He located Deputy Healy's body approximately 60 feet down. The deputies in the boat were able to pull Deputy Healy to the surface using his safety line and immediately started CPR. He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 25, 2018

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