Officer Charles O. Woodworth

Officer Charles O. Woodworth

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 12, 1964

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Charles O. Woodworth

Officer Charles Woodworth succumbed to injuries received in a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier in Sonoma Valley. He was on patrol and had just pulled away from a stop sign to stop a car when his motorcycle was hit broadside by another vehicle.

Officer Woodworth had been with the California Highway Patrol for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1685

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Monday, July 27, 1964


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In the short sliver of time that I knew him, he was "Mr. Woodworth."

I smiled when I read Alita's remembrance of his Harley.
I remember parking my Honda 50 next to it for contrast... well both had two wheels, a gas tank to straddle, and were black.
He was amused but after looking at my Honda, he bought and mounted a rear view mirror on it.

Many acknowledge the large sacrifices law enforcement face, but there are numerous small ones that never are mentioned such as:
I remember him coming home late for dinner to an irate Mrs. Woodworth because he was delayed by someone doing something too stupid for him to ignore.
Judging from his mood, I guess not all people who are stopped have pleasant dispositions.

I wish I knew him longer.

Lloyd Fero

April 11, 2022

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