Deputy Sheriff Jess Willard Rozell, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Jess Willard Rozell, Jr.

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, September 19, 1985

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Jess Willard Rozell, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Jess Rozell observed a traffic violation and stopped the violator’s vehicle.

He issued the driver a ticket and returned to his patrol car. He had the microphone in his left hand and was holding an ink pen in his right hand when he suddenly suffered a massive heart attack. Deputy Rozell was rushed to the hospital but he could not be revived.

Rozell was buried at the Mahoney Cemetery in Sulphur Springs. Later his body was reinterred at Restland Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

traffic stop

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Deputy Sheriff Rozell,
On today, the 31st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 19, 2016

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