Retired APSO deputy found dead Sunday Morning

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A recently retired Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has been found dead after jumping into a pond to save his dog on Sunday morning, July 27.

Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, drowned in Spanish Oaks pond while trying to rescue his dog.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 10:30 a.m. from a resident stating that they had found a set of keys and shoes on the bank of Spanish Oaks pond, as well as a small barking dog. Deputies arrived on scene and conducted a door to door search before realizing the items belonged one of our retired deputies.

Prairieville Fire Department, Gonzales Dive Team, and Ascension Parish deputies recovered Lt. Vitter’s body from the Spanish Oaks pond shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

“Today, it’s with deep sorrow,” Lt. Col. Webre said, “that the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the recently retired death of one of our own.”

Lt. Vitter was a 32-year-veteran with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office where he retired in December 2013. “Sam was not only a long serving deputy in our department, he was a great leader who devoted his entire life to serving others,” said Sheriff Jeff Wiley. “This is a great loss to this department,” he added.

Lt. Vitter began his career with APSO in 1982. Over the years he has worked both in our patrol division, and criminal investigations division.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, who also served as an Ascension Parish Deputy Sheriff for several with years and one son currently serving his country in the United States Navy.