Deputy Sheriff William D. Pledger

Deputy Sheriff William D. Pledger

Bay County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1935

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William D. Pledger

Deputy Sheriff William Pledger was shot and killed while checking on road houses and night spots in the Bayou Gorge area.

At approximately 1:00 am he became engaged in an altercation with two brothers at the Night Owl Club, a roadhouse near Panama City. One of the men produced a handgun and shot both his brother and Deputy Pledger, killing them both. He was convicted and sentenced to life.

Deputy Pledger had served with the Bay County Sheriff's Office for approximately nine months.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy William Pledger, I am sad that you had to give your life during this altercation. I am honored that you blazed the trail for many other officers who would come after you to serve Bay County. May they always remember you and the sacrifice you made as a Deputy. I salute you Deputy Pledger and May God Have Mercy On Your Soul.

Steve Grogan
Fmr Corporal - State of Georgia -DPS Atlanta Georgia

September 12, 2020

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