Corrections Employee William T. Spears

Corrections Employee William T. Spears

Indiana Department of Correction, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, October 18, 1913

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William T. Spears

Corrections Employee William Spears and Corrections Employee Ora Ambrose were killed in an automobile accident near the Indiana Boys' School in Plainfield.

Corrections Employee Ambrose, Corrections Employee Spears and others had been searching for three boys who escaped from the institution earlier in the afternoon. When the search was called off at dusk, another individual gave up his seat in the vehicle Corrections Employee Ambrose was driving to permit Corrections Employee Spears to return to the institution with him.

As they approached a railroad crossing about one-half mile west of Plainfield at 6:00 pm, their vehicle was struck by an eastbound train, killing both of them instantly. Corrections Employee Ambrose was thrown down an embankment 400 feet from the crossing, while Corrections Employee Spears became lodged on the engine pilot.

Corrections Employee Spears had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 12 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Rest in Peace, Corrections Employee Spears. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2013

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