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Reserve Deputy Sheriff William Charles Harper County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Reserve Deputy Sheriff

William Charles "Charley" Coen

Harper County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 614

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 6/10/2012

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Reserve Deputy Charley Coen was killed in a single-vehicle crash shortly after midnight while responding to backup a police officer in Laverne.

He was traveling on Highway 64, about two miles west of Buffalo, when his Dodge Charger patrol car left the roadway on a curve and struck several large hay bales. The hay bales covered the patrol car, trapping him inside. He was able to radio dispatchers and inform them he was trapped before the heat from the vehicle ignited the hay bales and caused the vehicle to fill with smoke. Deputy Coen was overcome by smoke inhalation before rescue units arrived at the scene.

Deputy Coen had served in law enforcement for two years. In addition to being a reserve deputy, he also served as a full time police officer with the Laverne Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01
January 1, 2013

 

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