Sheriff Jake Mulder

Sheriff Jake Mulder

O'Brien County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, January 25, 1956

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Jake Mulder

Sheriff Jake Mulder suffered a fatal heart attack while he and his deputy struggled with an emotionally disturbed person.

He and the deputy had gone to serve mental commitment papers on the man.

Sheriff Mulder had served with the O'Brien County Sheriff's Department for five years and had previously served with the Sheldon Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, and daughter.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge S71-1

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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Sheriff Mulder was my grandfather. My older brother and I would go to the jail and meet him and grandma to play and eat. O'Brien County was a lot like Mayberry, with grandma cooking for the inmates. As we grew up we would thumb through a huge scrapbook grandma kept. I got my start in law enforcement through these activities.

A couple things the blurb doesn't say is grandpa also served about 30 years as an officer and eventually Chief of Police in Sheldon, Iowa. It doesn't mention he had a hook hand after losing a hand in an industrial accident in the 20's.

I just wanted to give you a little more info on this man.

Thomas J Mulder, Chief
Viola (Illinois) Police Department

May 11, 2015

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