Sheriff John W. Bechtold, Jr.

Sheriff John W. Bechtold, Jr.

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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John W. Bechtold, Jr.

Sheriff John Bechtold suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after arriving at the scene of a fatal accident near Herreid at approximately 2300 hours.

The sheriff and his deputy were the first responders to arrive and he was performing CPR on one of the accident victims when he began to feel ill and collapsed. He died en route to a local hospital.

Sheriff Bechtold had served as sheriff for two years and had previously served as a deputy with the 2-person Campbell County Sheriff's Office for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 16-1A

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Even now, the sting of your loss goes many fond and fun memories of working with you......thank you for your service dear friend to help revive my darling are a treasure to have had for a friend and a true hero and all around stand up kind of guy....our community and county remember you as a kind, caring, compassionate, wonderful person who was indeed a blessed servant as our beloved CC Sheriff. Miss you at the memories I have of your work antics!


August 5, 2020

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