Captain Robert F. Hopton, Jr.

Captain Robert F. Hopton, Jr.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, July 10, 1995

Robert F. Hopton, Jr.

Captain Robert Hopton and Inspector James Rodgers were killed when their plane crashed while assisting deputies who responding to a burglary in progress.

Captain Hopton had served in law enforcement for 22 years. He is survived by wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 905

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

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