Sergeant William J. Rutledge

Sergeant William J. Rutledge

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1969

William J. Rutledge

Sergeant Rutledge and Investigator William Carter were killed in an automobile accident while returning to Indio from Blythe. The patrol unit they were in veered off of the roadway and struck the back of a truck. Sergeant Rutledge was killed instantly and Investigator Carter succumbed to his injuries six days later.
Sergeant Carter had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife, three children, parents and brother.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 14, 2015

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