A 27-year-old Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy described as a “hard worker with a bright future” died while on duty Monday morning (September 8, 1997) in a single car accident near Reedley California.
Jeffery Sean Isaac was heading back to the Reedley substation just before 1 a.m. to refuel his patrol car. His vehicle veered to the center of Manning Avenue near Lac Joe Avenue, hit a bridge guardrail, swerved back and flipped over, Sheriff Steve Magarian said.
The cause of Isaac’s accident was unknown Monday pending a California Highway Patrol investigation.
“At this point, we don’t what happened. There were no witnesses,” Magarian said.
Magarian said it was unclear which direction Isaac was traveling. But, he said, “he had just radioed in a couple minutes before the accident, saying he was on his way in after answering a call for service in Del Rey” northwest of Reedley.
A few minutes after that, authorities were alerted to the accident by a passing motorist, Magarian said.
Isaac was pinned in his car and had to be removed by emergency crews. He suffered major chest injuries and was flown to University Medical Center by helicopter, Magarian said. Once there, Isaac underwent surgery as Magarian waited at the hospital with the deputies family.
“He was doing well, then his heart stopped,” Magarian said. “They performed CPR on him, but we lost him in surgery at about 5 a.m.”
Deputy Isaac leaves a wife and two children, ages 7 and 2.
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