Deputy Sheriff Rupert M. Hopkins

Deputy Sheriff Rupert M. Hopkins

Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, December 18, 1950

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Rupert M. Hopkins

Deputy Sheriff Rupert Hopkins suffered a fatal heart attack after conducting a felony traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description of a car used in a bank robbery.

He located the car on the Nogales Highway, near Sahuarita, at approximately 1:30 pm. After removing the five occupants from the car it was determined they were not involved in the robbery. Deputy Hopkins collapsed while speaking to the occupants. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

Deputy Hopkins had served with the Pima County Sheriff's Office for four years. He was a widower and survived by two adult children. Deputy Hopkins was well known for having only one leg, having one amputated when he was run over by a freight train as a child.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Seventy-four years since you passed heroically, Deputy Sheriff Hopkins rest in peace. Humbled to leave the first reflection. Says something functioning with one leg. Never forgotten!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 6, 2024

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