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Traffic Officer William Clarence Dodge | King City Police Department, California King City Police Department, California

Traffic Officer

William Clarence Dodge

King City Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, October 2, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year, 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Traffic Officer William Dodge was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a traffic violator.

Officer Dodge was on patrol and began chasing a speeding vehicle on the city's main street, Broadway, which also served as US Hwy 101. A vehicle driven by a local woman did not see Officer Dodge and turned in front of him causing a collision. He died a short time later at the local hospital.

There is no record of prosecution; it was ruled an accident.

Officer Dodge had served with the agency for nearly one and half years. He was survived by his wife and son, who was born the day after Officer Dodge died, brother, and two sisters.

In June 1997, a flag pole and plaque were dedicated to Officer Dodge's memory with his son and 99-year-old widow were in attendance. They presented Officer Dodge's badge to the department and it is now on display in the lobby of the King City Police Department.

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Thanks to Officer Dodge for his and his family's sacrifice. He is indeed not forgotten. And thanks to Officer Miller for his research into this matter.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen
October 2, 2015

 

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