Deputy Sheriff John Henry Collette

Deputy Sheriff John Henry Collette

Addison County Sheriff's Department, Vermont

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1932

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John Henry Collette

Deputy Sheriff John Collette died after suffering a medical emergency while searching a passenger train in Vergennes for a hit-and-run suspect.

He caught the subject hiding in a baggage car and was escorting him into the railroad station when he suddenly collapsed. During the confusion, the prisoner escaped but was captured the following day in Burlington.

Deputy Collette was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness


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Deputy Collette, it has been 91 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 17, 2023

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