Sp. Dep. Edward Roberts
Died in the line of duty 7/21/1937

On a July morning Special Deputy Roberts was summoned to Southwest Cotton Camp #53 in Litchfield Park in response to reports that J.R. Murdoch, foreman of the camp had been killed by a drunken employee he had fired. As Roberts hurried toward the camp, the enraged laborer stepped out from behind a cabin and fired a shot. The wounded deputy slumped to the ground, unable to defend himself while his assailant grabbed Roberts' own gun, using it to fire a second and fatal shot. Before backup from the Sheriff's Office got to the scene, a foreman from a nearby camp arrived and killed the slayer in a pitched gun battle.