Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1983

William Leonard Sikola

Officer William Sikola was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to assist in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

Officer Sikola was driving home from finishing his shift and a call came on the radio about a stolen vehicle from a local car dealer. Officer Sikola joined the pursuit and got a "high speed wobble" from the motorcycle. He received extensive head injuries from his shorty bell helmet and died 4 hours later

Officer Sikola had been with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 480

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Motorcycle
  • Offender Not available

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I first met you in the academy in 1979. You with the B.P.D. And me with the K.C.S.O.. We became friends almost almost from the first day. You Jeff Taibbit, Jeff Nicolle and my self had some great times during our time in the academy. We were blessed by meeting your lovely wife. She took us in and treated us like family. She was a great cook and fed up many a good meal. Your children have grown up to be adults you would be so proud of. Your brothers and sisters in blue were there for them 24-7 no one was ever further away then just a phone call. There is now a 5K run in your honor with the money raised going to help the families of other officers that have fallen since your Watched Ended.
Miss you buddy and I'm still very proud to have called you a friend. Until we meet again. Carry On.

Police Officer W. Wayne Wallace Ret.
Arvin Police Department
Arvin, California

March 4, 2018

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