Recently retired APSO deputy drowns while trying to save dog
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (NBC33) — A recently retired sheriff’s deputy drowned in the Spanish Oaks pond, while trying to save his dog.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Allison Hudson said deputies recovered the body of Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, around 2 p.m. on July 27, 2014.
Deputies received a call around 10:30 a.m. when a resident found Vitter’s keys, shoes, and his small dog alive, near the pond.
Investigators began searching door to door but soon realized the keys belonged to a retired deputy.
Lt. Col. Webre said “Today, it’s with deep sorrow, that the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the recently retired death of one of our own.”
Vitter served the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years, from 1982 to 2013.
Hudson said Vitter is survived by his wife Sandy, who also served as an Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputy for several years and one son currently serving in the U.S. Navy.