Deputy Sheriff Bliss Steven Magly

Deputy Sheriff Bliss Steven Magly

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 23, 1980

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Bliss Steven Magly

Deputies Bliss Magly and Brent Jameson were killed when their Sheriff’s Department helicopter crashed and burned in heavy fog. The location was approximately one-half mile south of the Sonoma County Airport between River Road and Laughlin Road. Deputy Jameson was the pilot and Deputy Magly was the helicopter observer. They were returning from a mission to assist law enforcement officers on the ground in the area of Ludwig Avenue east of Llano Road between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.

Deputy Magly had served with the agency for three years and is buried at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.

To honor the deputies, scholarships in their names were opened at Santa Rosa Junior College to assist deserving criminal justice students. The annual Sheriff’s Department awards banquet was started as a result of this tragedy as a way to properly recognize outstanding work of Sheriff’s Department employees. The first banquet was dedicated to Deputies Jameson and Magly and they were posthumously awarded Gold Medals of Valor.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Magly.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2020

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