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Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 5, 1930

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Deputy Sheriff Pruett,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Cleveland County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 5, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 5, 2020

Sanford is my Great Grandfather. What an honor it is to have such a brave heroic leader in my family. I have heard about you all my life and I visit the location your life was taken often. I also currently serve as pastor of the Baptist church where your mortal remains are buried along with your beloved wife, who my daughter Maggie is named after. I live across from the farm land you owned when you lost your life. You are still very much remembered. We have your sheriff’s star (badge) framed and hanging in our home. My father, my son and I all have your middle name. We have visited the police officer memorial in Washington DC- and located your name among the many who have fallen in service to their communities.

Rev. Doug Pruett
Great Grandson

June 18, 2019

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 13, 2015

I've always heard he was a pretty cool and well liked guy.

A supporter of law enforcement
Cleveland County resident

June 28, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 5, 2010

To the family of Deputy Sanford Pruitt-thank you, even now for the ultimate sacrifice. Deputy Pruitt served with my great-grandfather, Deputy Ewart Sanders, whose EOW was 1/1/1933. I am in search of old photos of my great-grandfather (I have to check a few attics) and if I happen to come across a group photo or something of the like I will be sure to find a way to pass it on to you. As all of my originals were lost in a fire, the Shelby Star went out of their way to research and find the articles from then. I am sure they would do the same for you. Again, much love to a fellow law enforcement family who is still honoring their own. God bless you and peace be with you.

Julia M. Ezell
Kernersville Police Dept

September 10, 2008



July 5, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Pruett,
On today, the 77th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cleveland County. I think it was a travesty of justice and an insult to Law Enforcment Officers that the charges against your murderer were dropped.



July 5, 2007

I want to thank everyone for their kind words about my great great grandfather.

Laura Pruett Heimer
great great daughter

June 27, 2007

Deputy Pruett,, Thank you for your service to the Great State of North Carolina. You will never be forgotten, Heroes Live Forever. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9. God Speed my Brother..

Lt. R.T. Ernie Willis, Ret.
Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office NC

April 27, 2007

I am urging the Pruett family to please provide a photograph of Deputy Pruett. Though it was many decades ago that he gave his life in the line of duty, his honor is as deserving today as it was then. From my association with his nephew Officer Barry Pruett, I understand that the Pruett family has had several officers in their family tree. If Barry is any reflection of his uncle then it can be said that he must have been a fine man with a kind heart, a great sense of humor and an honorable representation of those fine men and women who choose to serve and protect. Thank you to all of the Pruetts who have served that the rest of us are safer because they have.

Ms. Toi
Barker Educational Services Team

Educational advisor to Officer Barry Pruett (the nephew to this Dep.)

April 3, 2007

Deputy Pruett you last act in this life was to save a fellow officer. No great statement to the kind of man you were can be made than that. Rest in peace Brother, you lived and died a hero.

Patrolman Ben Sleaford
Geneseo(IL) Police Dept.

January 30, 2006

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