Fallen Heroes

OCTOBER 23RD, 2019

Deputy Brian Ishmael

Deputy Brian Ishmael

Deputy Brian Ishmael responded to a reported theft of marijuana from a residence in Somerset, Ca. While clearing the marijuana garden, Deputy Ishmael was ambushed by an armed subject in the marijuana garden and shot multiple times. Deputy Ishmael later died at the hospital from his injuries.

Deputy Ishmael’s funeral was held on November 5, 2019 and was attended by more than 3000 law enforcement officers from around the nation and many community members. Deputy Ishmael was survived by his wife Katie and 3 children.


Deputy Michael Cole

Deputy Michael Cole

Deputy Cole was a dedicated law enforcement officer who tragically lost his life in an automobile collision while responding to a call during the graveyard shift. Deputy Cole was 33 years old and left behind a wife and three sons.

OCTOBER 22ND, 1961

Deputy Ora Clyde Owen

Deputy Sheriff Ora Clyde Owen was killed in the line of duty, 1961. Deputy Owen started with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on August 1st, 1960. He was 43 years old when he died of injuries caused by a drunk driver, October 22nd, 1961. Deputy Owen was a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was survived by his wife Dorothy.

Deputy Owen had been involved in a vehicle accident in South Lake Tahoe and was directing traffic. An off-duty deputy happened to be passing by the accident and was asked by Deputy Owen to help direct traffic and set out flares while they awaited the arrival of CHP and a tow truck. At the sound of screeching tires, the off-duty deputy turned to see Deputy Owen struck by a vehicle. Deputy Owen died at the scene.

JULY 1ST, 1864

Deputy Joe Staples

Joe Staples was the first Deputy Sheriff to die in the line of duty in El Dorado County. He was shot trying to apprehend bandits who had robbed the Pioneer Stage Line traveling with their shipment of silver bars from Virginia City to Placerville. Deputy Staples died later that day, July 1st, 1864. The robbery became known as the Bullion Bend Robbery.

According to the local paper’s obituary – Joe Staples was buried the next day, July 2nd, 1864, at the Placerville Union Cemetery. The funeral service was well attended by residents of Placerville and Coloma, members of the fire department, county officials, friends of the deceased, and a “large number of ladies”.