On this day, October 12, we remember the life of JeffCo Undersheriff Clarence Fugate.
Gone, but never forgotten.
Undersheriff Fugate was killed in the line of duty on October 12, 1940, in Arvada. Undersheriff Fugate went to Lee's Tavern with the intention of arresting the bartender who had shot a man earlier that evening. After the undersheriff arrived and was misdirected by the bartender to the kitchen to search for the weapon, the suspect opened fire and killed him. Deputies then shot the suspect who later recovered and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Today we ask everyone to pause and take a moment to remember Undersheriff Fugate and all that he accomplished during his service at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Every deputy signs up for this challenging job knowing that one day he or she might have to make the ultimate sacrifice for our community. That’s why it’s imperative we take the time to reflect on those individuals who have died in the line of duty, to ensure they are never forgotten.
At 8 a.m. today we will take a special moment to remember him over the radio and over the speakers in Headquarters.
Undersheriff Fugate may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.