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Hero Down: Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Nelson Dies While Snowboarding With Family

Many, LA – Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office (SPSO) Deputy Adam Nelson died on Dec. 29, 2022, while vacationing with his family in Colorado, according to his department.

The 26-year-old deputy passed away after suffering a medical event, the SPSO said in a press release the following day.

He was snowboarding with his family at the time of his death, according to his obituary.

The young deputy’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Deputy Nelson joined the SPSO as a correctional officer nearly three years ago, according to his department.

He worked as a patrol deputy before quickly becoming a member of the Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team and Special Operations Group.

Deputy Nelson also served on the ATF Project Safe Neighborhoods Federal Task Force.

“Adam’s passion for advanced, continuous law enforcement training and his tactical mindset caused him to excel in his narcotic and firearm investigations at the Sheriff’s Office,” the SPSO noted.

SPSO Chief Deputy Brad Walker said Deputy Nelson was “deeply committed to his job and the success of the Sheriff’s Office,” according to the press release.

“He inspired all of us to push ourselves to our full potential,” Chief Deputy Walker added.

Deputy Nelson leaves behind his wife, Emily, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, and “brothers in blue,” the tribute read.

“Sheriff [Aaron] Mitchell asks everyone to pray for the Sheriff’s Office and Adam’s family, friends, and co-workers over the next few weeks,” the SPSO said. “Adam will be sorely missed.”

Deputy Nelson was laid to rest on Jan. 6, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Nelson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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