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Serving Rockingham County & City of Harrisonburg, Virginia

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In Memoriam


Deputy Sheriff John E. Rafter

Deputy Sheriff John E. Rafter died in the line of duty on February 7, 1983.  Deputy Rafter is the only Rockingham County Deputy Sheriff to die in the line of duty.  He was 28 years old at the time of his death and a 6 year veteran of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and a 7 year veteran of law enforcement.  His unit number, 214, has been permanently retired.

Deputy Rafter was shot and killed after he became overpowered by a prisoner he was transporting to the Augusta County Jail in Staunton, Virginia.

Deputy Rafter had stopped to assist a disabled motorist on the exit ramp from I-81, near the city of Staunton when the prisoner overpowered him and gained control of his .357 caliber service revolver. The suspect shot Deputy Rafter as they struggled in the front seat of the patrol car.

The suspect was convicted of murdering Deputy Rafter and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy  Rafter is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister.

Sergeant Glenn A. Andes

Sergeant Glenn A. Andes died July 26, 1998.  Sergeant Andes drowned, while saving the life of his son, after having been caught in a riptide current.  He was vacationing with his family in North Carolina. 

Sergeant Andes was in charge of the Crime Prevention Unit and was a long-time DARE Officer for Rockingham County.  He was a 16 year veteran of the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.  His unit number, 220, has been permanently retired.  He is survived by his wife, son, mother, and brothers.

In his honor, the Glenn Andes Youth Enhancement Fund has been created to help the youth of our community.  Profits from an annual golf tournament went directly to this fund.  This year, scholarships in the amount of $1000 will be awarded to four high school seniors.

Since 1999, the Glenn Andes Youth Enhancement Fund has awarded $31,000 in scholarships.  The fund has also made donations to other non-profit organizations that benefit children, which includes Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and Camp Kaleidoscope.  These organizations have received approximately $18,000 from the fund.

The Sheriff would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors, and participants in all of the past golf tournaments.