Deputy Paul W. DeRouen
End of Watch: March 29, 2008
On January 27, 1986, Deputy Paul DeRouen was dispatched to a location on Waterman Road near Elk Grove Boulevard. It had been reported that a fight was in progress at that location. While Deputy DeRouen was trying to subdue one of the suspects, he and the man struggled and fell on to the roadway. A speeding car struck both men and Deputy Paul DeRouen was thrown 38 feet and received life threatening injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery and had his left leg amputated along with most of his left hip. He required over 50 pints of blood.
Paul was a fighter. He wanted to remain with his family and continue his law enforcement career. He never gave up. This attitude made it possible for him to leave the hospital after only three months and return home. He continued to have tremendous strength as he fought to resume his life and career. But after continued surgeries and complications he realized his law enforcement career was over. He continued to fight the fight for over 22 years when his devastating injuries finally took his life on March 29, 2008.
It is a fitting tribute to Paul and his family that he is now recognized and forever remembered as paying the ultimate sacrifice in giving his life in the line of duty. His name was placed at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC as well as at the State and local memorials.