Sheriff Jim Arnott of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri sadly reports the death of Deputy Aaron Roberts.

Deputy Roberts, 35, drowned after his patrol vehicle was swept into a river during a heavy rainstorm and flash flooding.

Roberts had responded to a 911 hang-up call and was returning to his patrol area when his vehicle was swept off the roadway. He was able to call dispatch and advise of his situation and location.

Roberts’ patrol vehicle was located after an intensive search about fifty yards from his last reported location. He was discovered lifeless in the patrol unit.

“We ask you to keep Deputy Roberts’ family in your prayers, and the entire Greene County Sheriff’s Office as we are grieving this loss,” Arnott said.

Arnott said Roberts was an energetic man who brought a great attitude to work.

“He was really happy to work here,” Arnott said. “Even though he had been here a little over a year, everybody had kind of grown attached to him. He’s got lots of friends here. Very good deputy.”

Aaron Roberts served the Greene County Sheriff’s Department for one year. He had previously served with the Willard Police Department for about four years. His wife, seven-year-old daughter and his parents survive him.

Deputy Aaron Roberts is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Friday, September 7, 2018.

Aaron Roberts

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