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City Marshal William H. Hodge | Pontiac Police Department, Illinois Pontiac Police Department, Illinois

City Marshal

William H. Hodge

Pontiac Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, July 26, 1890

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/25/1890

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 33 years

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Marshal William Hodge was shot and killed when he attempted to take a gun from an intoxicated citizen.

The drunken man had dropped some money and a Smith & Wesson .32-caliber revolver from his pocket. Marshal Hodge approached the man and stated, ''I want that revolver you've got.'' The man picked up the revolver and without a word shot Marshal Hodge, striking him just above the groin on his left side. Marshal Hodge did not fall but dealt the suspect a blow over the head with his club and rushed at him. Marshal Hodge died the next day from his wound.

The suspect pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Marshal Hodge had served with the Pontiac Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.

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Marshal Hodge. You were taken too soon. The Pontiac Police Department honors your service and we remember. To you, your family and our community, let it be known the members of the Pontiac Police Department recognize the service and honor you have modeled for us. You will always serve as a beacon of light. May God grant you eternal rest my brother in blue.

Chief Jim Woolford
Pontiac Police
May 8, 2014


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