Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank DeWar

Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank DeWar

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 29, 1932

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Frank DeWar

Chief Deputy Sheriff Frank DeWar was killed in an airplane accident while returning from Bakersfield after investigating a lead in a kidnapping case.

The pilot of the Century-Pacific Airlines plane attempted to fly low under the clouds of a storm but was forced to turn back. The plane struck a ridge in Johnson Canyon on the Tejon Ranch, near Lebec, Kern County. The pilot and all seven passengers were killed. Despite a massive air search involving over 100 planes, the wreckage was not located until one week later when a rancher driving along the Ridge Route Highway spotted it.

Chief Deputy DeWar was a WWI veteran and was in charge of the Special Anti-Gangster Duty.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Ypu are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 29, 2018

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