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Parker County Sheriff
Parker County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened with the loss of Sgt. Rusty Arnold.
Sgt. Arnold passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at a Fort Worth hospital from critical injuries after an auto-related accident Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.
Sgt. Arnold was involved in an off-duty accident on Highway 199 in Springtown, Monday morning, Dec. 13, 2010, where he suffered severe head trauma. He was flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital, where he fought for more than a week for his life. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety investigation, Sgt. Arnold was the second vehicle stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by a third vehicle, traveling at highway speed.
Sgt. Arnold leaves behind his wife, young son, immediate and extended family, friends and loved ones who need the prayers of our community.
Sgt. Arnold began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in June 2001. He earned a corporal’s rank in Oct. 2006, and was promoted to patrol sergeant in Nov. 2008. He was a war veteran with active service in Operation Iraqi Freedom from Jan. 2003, to Feb. 2004, as a sergeant in the United States Army Reserves.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said a cloud hangs over the Sheriff’s and county offices with the loss of Sgt. Arnold.
“I can not express my sympathies enough toward his family and department personnel,” said Sheriff Fowler. “This is such a tremendous loss. Rusty was more than a patrol sergeant – he was a loyal brother. He was inspiring and he was a great leader. He was loved and highly admired for his work ethics and friendly demeanor. He was also my friend. He leaves behind his legacy of what being an exemplary law enforcement officer should be and what younger deputies should continue to strive to be. We have lost a good man. Nothing strikes a department as the loss of an officer, but losing Rusty hits deeper than home – our hearts are broken.”
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office will be retiring Sgt. Arnold’s badge number. Funeral arrangements are pending.
If you would like to make a donation to Sgt. Arnold’s family, you may do so at Pinnacle Bank in Springtown under Rusty Arnold’s name, account No. 4006853974. Donations are also being accepted at the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.