Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

Police Officer William Leonard Sikola

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1983

William Leonard Sikola

Officer William Sikola was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to assist in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

Officer Sikola was driving home from finishing his shift and a call came on the radio about a stolen vehicle from a local car dealer. Officer Sikola joined the pursuit and got a "high speed wobble" from the motorcycle. He received extensive head injuries from his shorty bell helmet and died 4 hours later

Officer Sikola had been with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 480

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Motorcycle
  • Offender Not available

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I remember that some of your peers coined the nickname "Pepsi Scola." Your loss was a terrible incident but probably later saved any number of other motor officers as the causes were discovered and changes made. Now retired, I reflect on the men like you who invested their lives in making Bakersfield and Kern County a better place to live. YOU are NOT FORGOTTEN.

Howard Eddy

December 19, 2017

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