Sergeant Willard R. Ballard

Sergeant Willard R. Ballard

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, May 26, 1964

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Willard R. Ballard

Sergeant Willard Ballard suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a burglary.

He was on his way to an informant's house when he suffered a heart attack while driving. He drifted through an intersection and hit a light signal at Beverly Boulevard and Hillview Avenue. He was transported to Bella Vista Hospital, where he died the next day.

Sergeant Ballard was a United States World War II Army veteran who had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 26 years and was assigned to the East Los Angeles Station.

His grandson, Police Officer Kyle Russell Ballard, died in the line of duty in 2006 from a heart attack while on a training run.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Your sacrifice and service is not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 26, 2018

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