Correctional Instructor Roger C. Sorensen

Correctional Instructor Roger C. Sorensen

North Dakota Youth Correctional Center, North Dakota

End of Watch Wednesday, May 29, 1996

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Roger C. Sorensen

Correctional Instructor Roger Sorensen drowned in the Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelt National Park while attempting to cross the river on horseback.

He and another correctional instructor were providing support for a group of juvenile inmates who were conducting a hike. As Instructor Sorenson attempted to cross the river, he determined it to be too deep and swift, so he tried to return to shore. His horse lunged forward and then fell into the water. Instructor Sorenson was washed approximately 400 yards downstream, where he submerged and failed to surface.

Instructor Sorensen had served with the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

juvenile, prisoner custody

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On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Dakota. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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