Police Officer William L. Rickabaugh

Police Officer William L. Rickabaugh

Santa Clara Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 1966

William L. Rickabaugh

Police Officer William Rickabaugh was killed when he rode into a steel cable that had been strung across the entrance to a construction zone for an overpass on San Tomas Freeway.

He was responding to a report of a motorcycle driving on a dirt mount that was being used for the construction project. As he approached the scene on his motorcycle he struck the cable. The warning flags that had been attached to the cable had been removed by vandals.

Officer Rickabaugh was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

suspicious person

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 11, 2018

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