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 Bill Rickabaugh was killed when he rode into a steel cable that had been strung across the entrance to a construction zone for the San Tomas Freeway.

He had observed two boys trespassing and riding a motorcycle on what is now the San Tomas Expressway, near Monroe Street and Los Padres Boulevard. Officer Rickabaugh rode his motorcycle up a dirt ramp and collided with a metal cable that had been stretched between two posts. The cable impacted his chest.

A citizen began CPR on Officer Rickabaugh, who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Rickabaugh was a U.S. Navy veteran and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery. He survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 39
  • Military Veteran

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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