Deputy Sheriff William Claude Woodgeard

Deputy Sheriff William Claude Woodgeard

Hocking County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1963

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William Claude Woodgeard

Deputy Woodgeard was killed in an automobile accident at SR 216 and SR 78 while responding to set up a roadblock to assist in a pursuit that was heading towards Hocking County. He lost control of the patrol car while rounding a curve and struck several trees.

Deputy Woodgeard was a United States Navy World War II veteran who had been with the Hocking County Sheriff's Department for only nine months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, grandchild, four brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

roadblock, single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Deputy Sheriff Woodgeard,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

April 15, 2023

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