Deputy Roger A. Strong
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
Date of Incident: August 7, 1961
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: N/A
Deputy Roger Strong was employed by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for seven months. He was hired on January 1, 1961, and was assigned to the Blythe Station. Deputy Strong began his career in law enforcement with the East St. Louis, Illinois, Police Department in 1956. He moved to Riverside County and began working for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1961. On August 7, 1961, Deputy Strong and RSO Sergeant Ralph Gallagher were on a rescue mission in the desert. They were looking for persons who had reportedly become lost. The rescue jeep that Deputy Strong and Sergeant Gallagher were driving broke down and the two officers began walking back to the highway. Deputy Strong was overcome by the heat and never regained consciousness. Deputy Strong was survived by his wife of five years and their two children.