Fresno Deputy Sheriff's Association

Representing more than 650 active employees.

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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 Sheriff Dennis Phelps

On May 19, 2002, Deputy Sheriff Dennis Phelps was gunned down in eastern Fresno County during a vehicle stop on a suspicious vehicle/suspect. Prior to the deadly shooting, the suspect was alleged to have shot at a parking lot sweeper in the area of Herndon and Fowler.

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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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A Message from the President, April 2019

Each April, the National Peace Officer Memorial Foundation begins the process of intricately engraving new names of fallen officers onto the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It is a solemn time, for each new name carved on the wall is another tragic story of an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. Those stories will always be remembered on this wall.