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

automobile accident, roadblock, single vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff William Claude Woodgeard of the Hocking County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 15, 2022

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