Deputy Sheriff Burtice W. Wickstrum

Deputy Sheriff Burtice W. Wickstrum

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, January 8, 1951

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Burtice W. Wickstrum

Deputy Sheriff Burtice Wickstrum was killed in an automobile crash at N. 3rd Ave and W. Fillmore Street while responding to a sighting of a wanted mass murderer.

He was traveling westbound on Fillmore Street when a northbound sedan collided with him at Third Avenue. He was thrown from the vehicle and pinned between a tree and his patrol vehicle. The other deputy in the car and the other driver were not injured.

Deputy Wickstrum had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for four years.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle crash

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I will do an update to my reflection of my grandfather; Deputy Sheriff Burtice W. Wickstrum. Last I had checked in was 2006. Lots has happened with me in my L.E. career and January, 2024, I did finally retire at age 75 with accomplishing 50 years as a L.E. Officer. Grandfather, I hope I made you proud. My whole life has been serving, including my time in the U.S. Marine Corp and time spent in Vietnam. Grandfather I had some BIG shoes to fill and now I look forward to our meeting someday when I make my arrival to claim the mansion that God has prepared for me.

Chief Dave Wickstrum
Retired Grandson

March 10, 2024

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