Chief of Police William Irvin Garland

Chief of Police William Irvin Garland

Burkburnett Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 18, 1935

William Irvin Garland

Chief Garland drowned when a bridge over the Red River, collapsed during a period of heavy flooding.

The chief had noticed that a number of people were on the bridge watching the rising flood waters. As he went onto the bridge to warn them to get off, the bridge was struck by timber from a railroad bridge that had collapsed upstream.

The impact of the timber caused the bridge to collapse. Chief Garland and six citizens were thrown into the river and drowned as a result.

Chief Garland had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Rest in Peace Chief William Irvin Garland. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Burkburnett, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


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

May 18, 2016

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