Deputy Sheriff Joe B. Bosshardt

Deputy Sheriff Joe B. Bosshardt

McLean County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 31, 1941

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Joe B. Bosshardt

Deputy Sheriff Joe Bosshardt was fatally injured while assisting a tow truck driver who was attempting to remove a vehicle from a ditch on Route 66 near McLean.

After flares had been placed at the scene to warn motorists of the hazard, a bus skidded out of control at 4:20 am and struck Deputy Bosshardt, causing him to be thrown into the ditch. The bus then struck the tow truck which tipped over before landing on Deputy Bosshardt.

Deputy Bosshardt had to be dug out from under the tow truck before being transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital where he died a short time later of massive internal injuries.

Deputy Bosshardt had served with the McLean County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife and son, who later became the chief of police of the Bloomington, Illinois, Police Department.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

disabled motorist

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Deputy Sheriff Bosshardt,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of McLean County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 31, 2021

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