Deputy Sheriff Donald Earl Rice

Deputy Sheriff Donald Earl Rice

Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, December 10, 1985

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Donald Earl Rice

Deputy Rice was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting a disabled motorist on a highway. The drunk driver sideswiped Deputy Rice and then fled the scene. The man was apprehended and sentenced to seven-and-a-half to fifteen years for manslaughter.
Deputy Rice had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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It has been almost 39 years since you left us. I have learned in my 53 years on this earth that everything happens for a reason. No one understood why you were taken from us so soon when it happened but I now understand. Shawn and I would not be who we are today if your accident did not occur. We love you and miss you everyday and try our best to make you proud.

Shannon RIce Webb

April 15, 2024

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