Deputy James L. Epp

March 1, 1978
A posseman with more than twenty years as a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office volunteer, Reserve Deputy Jim Epp drowned while attempting to rescue two women trapped in their car when Cave Creek Wash flooded.

James Epp was carried away while trying to attach a chain to their car, and his body was found about a mile downstream several hours later. The two women were brought to shore safely after the flood receded.