Undersheriff William Washington Stretcher

Undersheriff William Washington Stretcher

Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, March 22, 1920

William Washington Stretcher

Undersheriff Stretcher and Chief Lawrenc Bass, of the Boulder Police Department, were killed in an automobile accident while responding to a fire. The Buick they were driving was only two days old and was the department's first police car. As they entered the intersection of 19th and Pearl Streets they collided with the city's first fire truck. Chief Bass and a civilian occupant of the police car were killed in the accident. Undersheriff Stretcher, also an occupant of the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries four days later.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 18, 1920

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So far, the first and only deputy from our agency (that we know of), to die in the line of duty. You're not forgotten . . . your story is in our sesquicentennial book, and is also displayed for all to see at our headquarters. Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

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