Deputy Sheriff Robert Paul Rumfelt

Deputy Sheriff Robert Paul Rumfelt

Lake County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Robert Paul Rumfelt

Deputy Sheriff Rob Rumfelt suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a fight call involving approximately five people in the 900 block of Boggs Lane, in Lakeport, at approximately 8:00 pm.

One of the subjects resisted arrest and was subsequently tased before being taken into custody. As Deputy Rumfelt drove away from the scene after the arrest he suffered a medical emergency, causing his patrol car to leave the roadway and strike a tree approximately a half-mile away. He was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital where he passed away.

Deputy Rumfelt was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for three years and had previously served with the Lakeport Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, grandchildren, sister, mother, and father.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 453
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Arrested

fight call

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I still think about that night all the time. I remember wondering why you stopped at the top of that hill, and watching your car go over the bank. I remember seeing you not breathing and taking off my gear to fit in your window. I remember holding your C-spine, still thinking you might make it and how pissed you’d be about fire cutting off your jumpsuit. And I remember watching the medical flight turn around and fly away, knowing they were canceled and what that meant. But I also remember that you were a badass. I remember that you won your last fight against a high/drunk POS while keeping the baby in his arms safe. And I remember you laughing and talking when it was over, before we got in our cars. I’d say RIP, but that isn’t your style, to rest. How about ‘sail on’ instead? Miss you, brother.

Sgt. Joe Eastham
Novato California P.D. (former Lakeport P.D.)

November 15, 2022

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