THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 23, 2017
A Lake County sheriff’s deputy known for his charisma and ability to mentor new deputies died Tuesday night after apparently suffering a medical emergency and crashing his patrol vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to the 8:35 p.m. crash, Deputy Robert Rumfelt, 50, had helped arrest a man who’d fought with deputies, said Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin. After Rumfelt left the Lakeport call, he drove off a nearby road and hit a tree.
He was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital and died from his injuries.
Rumfelt, known as “Rob,” was a lifelong Lake County resident and member of a prominent Lake County family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and an assistant football coach at Clear Lake High School.