Guard William M. "Will" Rader

Guard William M. "Will" Rader

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 22, 1926

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William M. "Will" Rader

Guard William Rader was shot and killed during a prison escape from Ferguson State Farm in Madison County, Texas.

Two prisoners who had previously escaped returned to the farm in an attempt to free six other inmates. When the two returned, they immediately shot and killed Guard Rader with a shotgun.

Other guards immediately came to the scene and exchanged shots with the suspects. The two suspects and the six inmates were able to flee the prison farm. One of the escapees, Alvin Ireland who was recaptured, participated in another prison escape on July 27, 1928, in which Dog Sergeant Henry Ward was shot and killed and Fort Bend County deputies Frank Bell and Tom Davis were wounded. Ireland was released April 5, 1940. Bell would later die in the line of duty in an automobile accident on October 10, 1930.

Guard Rader was a widower twice-over and was survived by his five children. He was buried at Midway Cemetery in Midway, Texas.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Alvin Ireland

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Rest in Peace Corrections Officer William M. Rader. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas. Your Service is Exemplary in all respects.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the rotten souls of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 20, 2016

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