Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson

Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, January 20, 1969

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Chester Larson

Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson drowned while attempting to rescue stranded hikers from Sespe Creek, near Sespe Hot Springs Camp, in Los Padres Nationa Forest.

He and 10 other victims, including a U.S. Navy Seabee and U.S. Forest Service ranger, were washed off of the top of a stranded rescue tractor. Only one of the victims was rescued.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Deputy Sheriff Larson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Seabees-Can Do!

United States Border Patrol

January 20, 2019

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