R.I.P Sheriff Warren E. Rupf 1943-2012

Posted by on August 10, 2012

I was so sad to hear yesterday from my good friend, a former cops reporter with the Contra Costa Times, that Sheriff Warren Rupf had passed away. The Times wrote an editorial about his passing. In another article reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen aptly calls Rupf “the county’s own larger-than-life Wyatt Earp.”

Rupf was the epitome of everything you imagine a sheriff to be. He WAS larger-than-life and so FULL of life it is nearly impossible for me to imagine him gone. He was always, always a class act and a true gentleman, as Lisa points out.

My heart goes out to his family and friends and I just feel honored to have known him. He treated a silly girl reporter with respect and I will always be grateful for that.

You can read a bit more about him here and Lisa’s story here.

The reach of his influence can be seen on Facebook this morning. Dozens of people changed their profile picture to this in honor of him:

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