Deputy Sheriff Fortune Crowder

Deputy Sheriff Fortune Crowder

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, October 5, 1953

Fortune Crowder

Deputy Crowder was shot and killed in an ambush while driving home from an investigation. It is believed that he was shot as the result of his relentless efforts to combat bootlegging in the county. A suspect was arrested but charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Deputy Crowder had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charges dropped

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

September 16, 2013

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