Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff John Walter Sanford, Jr.

Northumberland County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, June 19, 2005

John Walter Sanford, Jr.

Deputy John Sanford was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a disturbance call.

Deputy Sanford, along with a second deputy in another vehicle, were responding to a disturbance call shortly after midnight. As they were traveling west on Route 360, the lead deputy encountered a car driving on the wrong side of the highway in a blind curve. The deputy radioed Deputy Sanford to warn him, but Deputy Sanford was unable to avoid the collision, and was struck head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames as a result of the collision. The other deputy was able to free Deputy Sanford from the wreckage, but he died at the scene from his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.

Deputy Sanford had served as a part-time deputy for the Northumberland County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He was also the assistant chief and a former chief of the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Unit 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 19, 2015

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