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Deputy Sheriff Herbert August Boelte

Halifax County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, December 18, 1938

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Herbert August Boelte

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Boelte.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 2, 2020

Deputy Sheriff Boelte,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Halifax County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 18, 2018

Today "A" Shift honors Deputy Boelte by dedicating our watch to his memory. Thank you for your sacrifice brother, you will NEVER be forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford City Police Department

December 18, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 18, 2011

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 10, 2007

I just found this site and am glad to see my great uncle remembered.

Tim Boelte

October 22, 2006

I am very pleased that this Memorial has been made available on the internet. Deputy Sheriff Boelte is my uncle and I was present at the Boelte home at Redfield when the Sheriffs’ department came to notify the family that Herbert had been killed. I was seven at the time and the impact was not the same on me as on the adults; however, to this day I have a visual picture of that tragic event.

The family was in the dining room preparing for a meal when the knock came and the news delivered. There were seven or eight family members present, and as you can imagine, the room was filled with pandemonium.

My memory of what happened is as follows. Uncle Herbert went to this man’s house to arrest him and when he entered the man ran up stairs with a shotgun. As Uncle Herbert started up the stairs after him the man’s wife distracted him with a raised ax and that is when he was shot.

My Aunt Mary (Shields) attended the trial and described the following to me. Herbert’s jacket was an exhibit introduced by the prosecutor showing the hole in front and rear with the rear hole being lower indicating the angle of the shot. The prosecutor used the fact that the man carried the shotgun with him when he ran up stairs to prove premeditation for first degree murder. Aunt Mary remembered that he was convicted and sentenced to die by electrocution. She also remembered the defense attorney’s name was Martin Martin.

Henry Boelte

Henry Boelte

March 15, 2006

Deputy Sheriff Boelte,
It has taken almost 67 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Halifax County. At least your murderer got the justice that he deserved very quickly.


December 16, 2005



December 12, 2005

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