Sergeant William J. Rutledge

Sergeant William J. Rutledge

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1969

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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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Rest in peace Sergeant Rutledge.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 20, 2019

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