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Deputy Sheriff Troy Clifton Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

Troy Clifton "Bud" Willingham

Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, April 30, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Bud Willingham was killed in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected bootlegger.

He and his partner were chasing the man steep, curving section of highway in Abel's Gap when Deputy Willingham's car left the roadway and overturned. Both deputies were thrown from the vehicle. Deputy Willingham was killed while the other deputy was injured.

The other vehicle crashed a short distance away and the driver was arrested following a massive search.

Deputy Willingham served with the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office for seven years.

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I am privileged to be the first to leave a reflection here to honor and Thank You Deputy Sheriff Clifton Willingham for you service to our country.
We are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday Deputy Sheriff Willingham
Thank you for your service to your community and our country.
Your Heroism will never be forgot.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 17, 2015


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