Deputy Sheriff Sollie Waller "Wally" Rabun, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Sollie Waller "Wally" Rabun, Jr.

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 3, 1974

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Sollie Waller "Wally" Rabun, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Wally Rabun was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train at 1:20 p.m. at a crossing on Hoover Road in Eloise.

He was en route to an investigation when he crossed over the tracks that did not have gates or warning lights.

Deputy Rabun was a United States Navy Vietnam veteran who had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and previously served with the Bartow Police Department. He was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

investigation, routine driving, train

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Deputy Sheriff Rabun,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 3, 2024

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