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David Gordon Graves EOW 11/05/82


Today we honor a fallen Fresno County Deputy, Deputy David Gordon Graves who was killed in the line of duty - November 5, 1982. David was killed by a drunk driver at the intersection of Shaw and Dickenson in western Fresno County. 

Deputies like David Graves, although their lives taken far too early, remind us in law enforcement to never forget their sacrifices. Deputy Graves worked to protect the citizens of Fresno County and we will always be grateful for that. We honor Deputy Graves each day with a highway sign on State Route 41 near Friant Road. That spot was chosen specifically for David’s family, who travel to and from the Coarsegold area. That sign is a reminder to his family that David’s name will live on with the Fresno Sheriff’s Office and the Fresno Community. Memorials like these, up and down the State, honor families and provide a reminder to the community the sacrifice officers make on a daily basis.

David left behind his wife and two daughters. David also left behind several other family, friends and co-workers who will never forget this tragic night of November 5, 1982.

We will always honor him and we will never forget him. God Bless.

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