Deputy Sheriff William D. Pledger

Deputy Sheriff William D. Pledger

Bay County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1935

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William D. Pledger

Deputy Sheriff William Pledger was shot and killed while checking on road houses and night spots in the Bayou Gorge area.

At approximately 1:00 am he became engaged in an altercation with two brothers at the Night Owl Club, a roadhouse near Panama City. One of the men produced a handgun and shot both his brother and Deputy Pledger, killing them both. He was convicted and sentenced to life.

Deputy Pledger had served with the Bay County Sheriff's Office for approximately nine months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 27, 2016

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