Deputy Sheriff William McKinley Goodwin

Deputy Sheriff William McKinley Goodwin

Halifax County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, March 2, 1969

William McKinley Goodwin

Deputy Sheriff William Goodwin was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train at a railroad crossing on Rural Paved Road 1423, near Halifax, North Carolina.

Deputy Goodwin was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office for only five months and was the agency's first African American deputy. He had previously served with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Deputy Goodwin, you were hero and a pioneer. 49 years ago today you lost your life doing a job that for so long wouldn't have been open to you. The county of Halifax lost much, but so did the nation. Thank you for ALL your service and may God Bless you and all of your descendants and family. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 2, 2018

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