The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association was organized in 1973 to give members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity for fair representation based on the Peace Officer Bill of Rights. The FDSA was also organized to give a group of Deputy Sheriffs the opportunity to collectively bargain with the County of Fresno for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office commemorates the death of Deputy David Gordon Graves
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.
Following the local, state and national news media on a daily basis, another horrific crime plays out; another law enforcement officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. Innocent people die in the hands of yet another meaningless active shooter when he goes on a killing spree at a local restaurant/bar establishment in southern California. This time it was Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus who was killed as he and a CHP Officer engaged the active shooter in the Borderline Bar & Grill to stop a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Twelve people were killed in this senseless crime.