Deputy Sheriff Rufus Archibald Thrift

Deputy Sheriff Rufus Archibald Thrift

Baker County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, September 15, 1904

Rufus Archibald Thrift

Deputy Thrift was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest three men who had shot a man during a riot the previous night. During the arrest a group of the victim's friends opened fire, killing Deputy Thrift. Twenty one men were arrested and charged in connection with Deputy Thrift's murder.

Deputy Thrift was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

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