Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson

Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Monday, January 20, 1969

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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The Ventura County Jail Todd Road has a therapy-dog program and chooses select inmates to train puppies. These puppies are named after fallen Ventura County officers. I am very proud to say that I have met the cutest most adorable half maltese, half lhasa apso named for Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson, and they call him Larson. Larson is a lover, he licks your face, and cheers you up, and the male inmates are the ones tasked with taking care of him. The female inmates have other black poodle puppy dogs....but Larson, well he was special. I came home and immediately HAD to Google and find out who Larson's namesake was. Deputy Sheriff Chester Larson died being a true hero.


August 5, 2018

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